Oh, Pinterest, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I LOVE Pinterest, and I spend far too much time on the site, jumping from category to category. But even I have to admit that while the site can be a tremendous resource for artists, it can also be a little overwhelming.
Consider the words of a friend of mine who posted on Facebook: "I signed up for a Pinterest account today. I have no idea what I am doing or how it works. A few of you have already sign up to "follow me" but, I think I should tell you... I AM LOST!"
Don't panic, dear friend, help is available. And, once you know the basics, you'll be amazed at all the ways you can use Pinterest to enhance your creative life.
Pinterest allows users to upload, save, sort and manage images, known as pins, into collections known as pinboards. You organize these boards into categories so that pins can easily be organized, categorized and discovered by other users. To learn the basics, I recommend the tutorial at WikiHow.
Saving trees. Getting organized. Before Pinterest, I had bulletin boards, file folders and notebooks crammed with pictures, articles, and tutorials that I had copied from the Internet and printed out. Now I simply hit the Pin It button whenever I find something that I would like to reference again. Because I categorize each image as it is pinned, everything is beautifully organized from the get go. No more fumbling through stacks of paper for that photo that I misfiled.
Getting Inspired: I use Pinterest to find inspiration when my mojo is missing. I keep Pinboards with my favorite art journal pages, craft projects, artist trading cards, color combinations, etc. When I set up my new studio, I used Pinterest to get ideas, and when the project was completed I posted the photos to inspire others.
Discovering New Artists. I also follow artists and other pinners who are interested in the the same topics that I am. How does this work? Simply, go to SEARCH and type in the name of an artist or a topic. When you find a board that you like, hit the FOLLOW button. From that point on, you'll see anything pinned by that person on your Pinterest home page. Because pins link you back to the original post, you can click on them to discover new blogs and new artwork.
Sharing your work. Pinterest is one of the fastest-growing resources on the web. And, it's full of peope who love to create and purchase art. By posting your art and linking it up to your blog, store, or Etsy site, you can increase traffic and create new customers.
Making New Friends. After a few months on Pinterest, don't be surprised to discover that you have found a new soul sister (or brother), someone who seems to share your tastes and interests to a surprising degree. Don't believe me? Then explain the follower who shares my passion for digital art, art journaling, Paleo recipes, and party planning.
Do you have a Pinterest account? Leave a comment, and link us up so that we can follow you.
You can check out my pinboards here.