BY JOUIE MONSALUD
Outside of school, Senior Heather Aaron runs her own slime-themed Instagram account and sells slime on Etsy. Intrigued by the growing slime trend, she began to develop her own mixtures. As she gained recognition for sharing this activity over social media, Aaron started selling the concoctions online.
Aaron began posting videos of her slime on Instagram around August of 2016 but initially was not invested in the activity. She became inspired, however, by others in the slime community to invest more time in the trend. “[A] YouTuber I watch made this fluffy slime tutorial video, and it was so satisfying,” said Aaron, “I had everything in my house to make it, so I made it. . .[That first formula] sucked, but it got me started.” Aaron’s niche Instagram account had been created for the purpose of sharing her creations, and it reached 1000 followers in November 2016. The account gained some popularity, and in just a year @starlitslimes was followed by approximately 45,000 people.
Part of Aaron’s popularity within the slime community is due to her willingness to experiment in order to get the perfect formula. “There’s no set recipe; I just wing it until something happens,” she said, “There are materials that do certain things though: cornstarch makes slime thicker, shaving cream makes it fluffy, [and] water makes it jiggly.” Since all of Aaron’s slime mixtures are made in a single batch, there is a guarantee that no other seller can reproduce her product. For those looking to experiment with slime, Aaron said, “Don’t feel discouraged if it doesn’t turn out great at first because nobody starts out knowing what to do.” For example, she said, “[With] the first clear slime I made, I thought I failed horribly and trashed it. . .If you add too much activator, it starts to become super hard putty and will break [and] when you’re mixing it bubbles start to form and it gets all cloudy. . .But you’re supposed to let it sit [for] a few days for it to clear up. . .I thought I just did mine wrong because mine was super hard like that, but if I had waited a few days it would have softened up.” She advised those interested in making slime to have patience and be willing to experiment.
When Aaron first delved into the world of slime, she did not intend to sell any of her creations. “I basically started selling it as an excuse for my mom to buy slime supplies, but people actually started to buy it,” she said. By late 2016, Aaron’s Instagram followers began to purchase her slime, much to her surprise. While at first she used Mercati as a sales platform, Aaron set up an Etsy account in January 2017 as more people began to order her products. Since then, she has made over 250 sales and has earned above a four star rating on the website.
Aaron continues to post pictures and videos that showcase her slimes, providing demonstrations of both experimental and finalized product formulas. She frequently updates her product catalog, which consists of slimes typically ranging from $7-8 each. Aaron can be found under @starlitslimes on Instagram and through her Etsy shop, StarlitSlimes.
By JILLIAN GREEN
There are many young artists, with big dreams and big plans for the future. Freshman Seth Battenschlag is one of them, he plans on taking his talent to the big screen as his style grows. Battenschlag has worked hard to improve his drawing talents over the years, and has been recognized by his friends and family as an incredibly skilled artist.
Battenschlag had first started to draw when he was “probably about four years old.” Although his style has changed greatly from when he first started out, his commitment to his dream has allowed his drawings to be exceptional in skill. He is a self-taught artist and interestingly, has not had any drawing classes prior to this year. Most of Battenschlag’s current works has appealed to his personal interests, as well as his inspirations from other artists. One of Battenschlag’s greatest inspirations is Tim Burton, who is well known for his peculiarly freakish style. Several of Battenschlag’s pieces reflects Burton’s creepy works, and most of his own drawings have the same effect. Besides Tim Burton, Battenschlag finds himself drawing, “a lot of kind of dark, twisted kind of stuff. Less humans, more animals and dinosaurs.” Battenschlag takes ideas from current shows like Stranger Things or old ones like Jurassic Park and integrates them into his drawings. Many of Battenschlag’s pieces can be found on his Instagram page, @p_h_i_l_0_s_0_r_a_p_t_o_r where he features his favorite artwork that he has done throughout his artistic journey. Battenschlag’s hard work and dedication to his dream has been rewarded by the recognition he gets both online and around campus.
Battenschlag hopes to go beyond his Instagram page and pursue a career at Silicon Graphics Incorporated(SGI) where he would be able to draw concept art and fully express his creativity for characters in movies he would be able to create. He said, “I want to do the SGI for movies, so when they’re doing the fiftieth Jurassic Park, I’ll be drawing up concepts for the dinosaurs.” Battenschlag would like gain money from his artwork throughout his high school career, when he has enough pieces to sell. For now, Battenschlag continues working on and improving his artwork and style.
Battenschlag has come a long way with his art. As he continues on with his high school career, Battenschlag plans on working to become a SGI artist and concept artist in Hollywood. He encourages other aspiring artists to work towards their goals and said, “follow your dreams. It doesn’t matter what you are trying to present or convey in your artwork, as long as you have fun with it.” If students are interested in seeing more of Battenschlag’s works, they can view his artwork on his Instagram page @p_h_i_l_0_s_0_r_a_p_t_o_r.
BY YALENA AGUIRRE
With pop music becoming more popular than ever, new albums from music’s biggest artists began to emerge. Musicians such as Selena Gomez, Camila Cabello, Khalid, and more have made their biggest sellouts yet with their newly released albums. One of the music industry’s most well-known artists, Taylor Swift, has also put out a new album this year. Released on November 10, Swift’s album Reputation was bound to appear on students playlists thanks to the album’s catchy beat and students pressing repeat on Swift’s most popular song on the album “Look What You Made Me Do.” Swift has undoubtedly produced upbeat music and popular tracks for everyone to hear. With Reputationbeing Swift’s newest album since the release of 1989 in 2012, fans were ecstatic about Swift returning with new music. Swift continues to please the crowd with her songs ranging from country to modern pop. “My favorite song from Swift’s album would probably be ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ or ‘Are You Ready?’ because they are the most catchy to me,” said Freshman Jordan Peters, a fan of the pop sensation. Peters elaborated that she has been listening to Swift’s music since she was a little kid and has always been into Swift’s older albums like Fearless and 1989. Freshman Eugenia Hernandez also expressed her liking to the artist’s new and old albums. “I’ve been listening to Taylor Swift since her country stage in her music, like her first album,” she commented. “I’ve heard some songs on Taylor’s new album, and overall it's a pretty good album.” Fans of Swift, old and new, have shown tremendous support for the pop star's new album, and surely Reputation is on the road to something new and edgier for Swift’s career in the music industry. Supporters of Swift have reacted positively to her new album after her three years of “silence” from the media and music industry. People were ecstatic about Swift’s new approach to her songs and her image as more modern and outgoing. “They [the media] may like her new album more because she is taking on a new persona,” said Peters, “Kind of an edgier approach to her music.” There is no doubt that Swift’s music years ago compared to now has drastically changed, but that does not stop people from listening to her. “Depending on the person they could either like her older songs or newer songs,” Peters added. Hernandez also included more about Swift’s new take on her career. “I think Swift’s album became so popular is because it’s something new with Taylor Swift.” She also included, “I also think people like her new album more because it’s almost like a revenge and edgy album, and people like drama, they like revenge.” Either way, fans have shown a great amount of support towards Swift’s change in her music as more edgy and modern.
Swift, a famous and successful starlet in the world of pop music, has undoubtedly made her biggest debut yet in her growing music career thanks to Reputation Supporters of Swift are satisfied once again with her upbeat and edgy tunes in her latest album.
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