We must admit: We’re addicted to the instagram app available for all iPhones and Android phones: Is there a better and quicker way to get stylish, vintage-looking pictures that you can share with your friends and the whole world with just one click?
But not only private people are using the app to snap their coffee table or the view from the hotel room in order to make their “followers” jealous, a steady growing amount of companies is using the virtual toy to give allow a glimpse behind the scenes. For some days there has been the option to hashtag your pictures as well: If you click on one of these words marked with a # you will only see pictures labelled with this keyword.
The Top 10 of companies using instagram:
1. National Geographic 2. Starbucks 3. Playboy 4. Coca Cola 5. Pepsi 6. CNN 7. NH Hotels 8. Brisk Ice Tea 9. Levi’s 10. NPR (US public radio)
Another year has gone by. At ARTFLAKES we’re looking back at a successful 2016 with our re-design, and we hope you do too! So many new artists have joined our little world we call ARTFLAKES. It is great to see that you all enjoy our community. We couldn’t do it without you and our great customers of course.
We’re always working hard on making ARTFLAKES the best possible experience for our artists as well as customers. This year we’ve added some great new features and possibilities to cater your needs.
We are excited to see what 2017 has in store for us and we can’t wait to welcome even more artists to ARTFLAKES. We wish you all a Happy New Year and much success for 2017!
“A girl knitting herself”, artist Robert Scholten has written as a description of his picture with the title “Montage“.
And indeed it seems like the woman, whose outline of her body is only visible to some extent and who is wearing not more than a pair of striped socks, is extending her hairdo with thick knitting needles.
What do we mean when we are talking about a GalleryPrint on ARTFLAKES? A GalleryPrint – the official term is “AluDiBond-Kaschierung” by the way – differs from a poster or an art print that is put into a nice frame: A GalleryPrint has no frame.
Instead the art print you have chosen is mounted onto a massive aluminium plate and then – you can choose here as well – either laminated (matte or glossy) or fixed with acrylic glass. An ultraviolet protection is added, so that we can happily guarantee you a long lasting brilliant quality of colour! Depending on the size of the picture one or two aluminium hangers on the back of the GalleryPrint ensure that you can put it on the wall immediatley.
Every Friday, we introduce you to five of our favorite Instagrammers. This week, meet Jochen Spalding @blumenkraft, Esra Degirmenci @esratoronto, Sefa Yamak @sefayamak, Harry Rankin @thamespirate and Ali Jardine @alijardine.
Since launching the exciting new feature allowing artists and art lovers to buy and sell Instagrams on ARTFLAKES, we’ve become even more crazy about our favorite square-format photo sharing community. The recent ARTFLAKES Instagram contest introduced us to many Instagrammers including our winners Melissa Vincent, Rodion Kovenkin, and Ozer Kurt. With over 100 million users around the world and so many beautiful images out there, we’d like to present our five favorite Instagrammers this week.
We’ve got some great news ─ you can now sell your Instagrams on ARTFLAKES! For a while now, you’ve been able to buy your own Instagrams as stickers. But this isn’t enough. Our tech team has been hard at work, and now you can finally sell your Instagrams from your ARTFLAKES gallery. They can then be purchased as eye-catching professional gallery prints, framed art prints, high quality canvas prints, stunning posters, and even greeting cards ─ just like your other artwork! Awesome, right?
There’s no way past Facebook nowadays, so don’t underestimate the power of the web 2.0 and social media when it comes to market your art! Setting up a profile on Facebook is easy – afterwards it has to be taken care of, however.
1. Set up a profile Registering at Facebook is free and easy. Type in your name and a valid email address and your profile will be online right away. Now upload a picture of yourself and start adding contacts – there’s so much to see and do on Facebook!
2. Create a fan page for your art Once you have got your personal profile, you can add a fan page for your artwork or homepage as well. The difference to your normal profile is the fact that this page can be “liked” by everyone around the globe (by simply clicking on the “like”-Button), whereas on your private page you have to add them as friends. As soon as more than 25 people have liked your page you can change the URL into the one you like: E.g. you can find ARTFLAKES on Facebook if you type in www.facebook.com/Artflakes.
3. Add information about you and your art People who visit your Facebook page want to know who is writing here – so add some information about yourself, your education and profession or how and when you started doing art. This is the place for adding links to your webshop, blog or homepage as well.
4. Add pictures A Facebook page without pictures is boring, so go on and add some! This can be files of your artwork, pictures from exhibitions or your studio. Whatever you like.
5. Give status updates Tell people what you are doing: Are you planning an exhibition? Are you working on a new piece of art? Use the status update field to add pictures, links or videos as well. All users who like your page can now like your doings or comment on your updates.
6. Add events You can create events you would like people to join: Your fans can tell you whether they are going to come over or not. This is a great way to spread the word about exhibition or other events organised by you – and to see about how many people will turn up.
7. Use Apps Facebooks has a lot of apps in store making it easy to integrate several handy functions: Use the question tool to encourage a discussion or do a little survey about your art. Use the video or picture tool to add more insights into your work or link your facebook page with Twitter.
I bet that many of you – no offence here! – would have problems building an origami sculpture in a, well, normal size already. That makes it even more incredible looking at the tiny teeny origami object created by Anja Markiewicz!