How to Grow Your Instagram Art Account

how to grow your instagram art account

Hey guys! Today I’d like to share with you some tips for growing your art account on Instagram.

If you’re an artist and not using Instagram, get on it! I find it’s better than Facebook or Twitter for artists because it’s more visual based.

In fact, many artists today use Instagram as their art portfolio instead of having a website. While I don’t recommend that, as having your own space on the internet is always best practice, it can be a great place to connect with fans and other artists.

Keep in mind that no one really knows how the algorithm works except the folks who work at Instagram. People will tell you to do this or that or don’t do this or that, but they really don’t know either, so take it with a grain of salt.

These tips are just things that have worked for me personally, and are not guaranteed to work for you. Don’t focus too much on your follower count. Being authentic, focusing on creating quality content, and engaging meaningfully with your fans and followers should be your main focus.

Here are some tips for growing your account and getting more engagement on Instagram.

  • Post daily, if not to your feed at least to stories.
  • Create fun and interactive stories using polls, stickers etc.
  • Respond to comments on your posts.
  • Respond to other people’s stories.
  • Use relevant hashtags when you post. Use a mix of broad and smaller hashtags with less than 1 million posts. For example, use #art and #artistsoninstagram, but also use smaller hashtags that are relevant to your specific style of art or the subject of your post.
  • Switch up hashtags from post to post, don’t use the same ones every time.
  • Experiment with posting at different times of the day.
  • Experiment with video and IGTV.
  • Add a location to your posts. It could be the location you actually are, or a different location depending on the post subject or target audience.
  • Create content that isn’t pushing people to buy anything, but simply showing your work or offering something of value to your followers.
  • Create quality content. Images in focus with good lighting, and clear screenshots. Experiment with using props and mix up your feed.
  • Post selfies. Even as an artist, selfies get high engagement on Instagram. Take photos of yourself holding your art or wearing and using your products if you sell through print on demand.
  • Engage daily by liking and commenting on posts in your home feed.
  • Follow hashtags that are relevant to your niche or art style and they will show up on your home feed.
  • Check out the top posts and use them for inspiration, but don’t copy.
  • Every day, if you can, go through a few hashtags relevant to your work or style and like/comment/follow accounts using that hashtag.
  • Add Alt Text to your posts.
  • Join an engagement group. Basically a group of like minded individuals (artists in our case) who post in a group message thread and like/comment on each others’ posts. It’s a great way to build a community of supportive people and get more engagement on your posts.

That’s it! I hope you’ve found some helpful tips here. If you have more to add feel free to leave them in the comments!

Oh and make sure you follow me on Instagram!

Cheers,

Julie

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Galaxy Mobile Phone Wallpapers

free download galaxy mobile phone wallpapers

Galaxy Mobile Phone Wallpapers

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing with you a couple of galaxy inspired mobile phone wallpapers I created digitally.

purple galaxy mobile phone wallpaper

Simply open them in a new tab and take a screenshot, or download the image to your phone and then set it as your new wallpaper, lock screen or both!

blue galaxy mobile phone wallpaper

I hope you enjoy these free galaxy cell phone wallpapers. Feel free to pin them and share them around, but don’t try to claim them as your own work or sell them please.

Follow my Pinterest board Cell Phone Wallpapers for more!

You may also be interested in my Mandala Cell Phone Wallpapers here.

Have a great day!

Cheers,

Julie

Merch by Amazon – What I’ve Learned After 1 Year

what I've learned after 1 year of merch by amazon

If you’re an artist or graphic designer, applying to sell your designs through Merch by Amazon can definitely be worth your time.

Everyone shops on Amazon these days. And after a year of selling through Merch by Amazon, I thought I would share some of what I’ve learned!

Firstly, what is Amazon Merch? It’s essentially a Print on Demand service, similar to Redbubble or Society6. You can upload finished artwork to a variety of products, including t-shirts and cell phone accessories, and then they are printed and shipped out after a customer purchases that item.

Below is a screenshot of my earnings from September 2018 – August 2019. These figures are not huge compared to others out there, but it’s nothing to shake a fist at either! For reference, I only have about 100 products listed at the time of this writing.

As you can see, I’ve made about $2000 in total so far. I hope to double or even triple that figure in the next year!

Here are some things I’ve learned along the way.

Merch by Amazon – What I’ve Learned

  • Getting started can be frustrating. Application rejections don’t always make sense. It’s likely an automated process so make sure everything is filled out correctly. One wrong thing could lead to automatic rejection.
  • Getting accepted takes time. Be patient. It can take a few weeks in some cases.
  • Once your application is approved, you will start with only 10 design slots available. Think carefully about which 10 designs you want to use. Once you sell a few products you will be able to add more.
  • Each level is known as a “tier” and each tier comes with more design slots you can fill.
  • Regarding tax withholding – use your SIN number or other similar tax ID number otherwise they will withhold 30% of your earnings (if you are a seller outside of the U.S.). I couldn’t figure out what my Tax ID number was at first (duh…) so I had 30% withheld for the first 5 months. I eventually received those with-holdings but it took an additional 5 months to get it.
  • The brand name doesn’t matter much but may aid in search.
  • You don’t have a storefront unless you sign up for the Amazon Influencer program. You will also have to apply for this using one of your social media accounts, and you are not guaranteed to be accepted.
  • T-shirts and PopSockets seem to be the best selling product types.
  • Keywords and descriptions are very important.
  • Design rejections don’t always make sense and are often automated, just revise and keep going. Make sure to follow all of Amazon’s guidelines for keywords and descriptions to avoid this as much a possible.
  • Not everything will sell, and what does sell might not even be your best work.
  • Your design will be deleted if there are 0 sales after 1 year. When this happens, you can either revise your keywords and description or move on and try another design.
  • There are no discounts or sale promotion on Merch products.
  • PopSockets only ship within the U.S. at this time, while T-shirts you can sell to the U.S., U.K. and Germany.
  • There is a lot of competition on Amazon, so make designs that are unique and stand out.
  • Never use anything than can possibly even be considered copyright infringement, or you can risk losing your account altogether.

I hope you’ve found some of this information useful. Have you considered selling on Merch by Amazon or are you already? I’d love to hear your thoughts below. Happy selling.

Cheers,

Julie

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New Speed Drawing Videos on my YouTube Channel

mandala drawing on sketchbook gold and silver pens youtube video

Hey guys! If you didn’t know I actually have a Youtube channel.

Lately I’ve been experimenting with making some fun time-lapse art videos to share with you all. Here are a few I’ve uploaded recently.

Drawing on my sketchbook using dollar store pens.

Filling in a map of the U.S.A. with mandalas.

Filling in map of Canada with mandalas and other doodles.

Do you guys like these kinds of videos? I will probably make more in the future so make sure you subscribe to my Youtube channel.

Hope you’re having a great summer! I will be going on haitus for a few weeks so I won’t be posting any new blog posts, but will have lots of new content for you starting in September. See you then!

Check out more of my artwork here and shop my designs!

You can also follow me over on Instagram where I will still be posting daily content throughout the rest of the summer.

Cheers,

Julie

8 Instagram Art Accounts You Should Be Following

8 instagram art accounts to follow

Hey guys! Today I’d like to share 8 of my favourite art accounts on Instagram. You should follow them if you’re into art, graphic design or just looking at pretty things in general!

von.kowen

Von Kowen’s designs are dark and macabre, with lots of clean graphic lines in black and white. Occult symbolism, mysticism and astrology are featured in her work. She showcases her designs on t-shirts and other wares for sale through her Print on Demand shops, and looks super cool doing it all.

Purelifephotoss

Purelifephotoss is a brand created by Abby Juli who is a self-labelled “creative rebel”. Her designs are very graphic and often combine art and symbolism with uplifting text and quotes. Much of her work is inspired by animals and mental health awareness. Her designs are available through several Print on Demand shops which are showcased on her profile.

Awaarts

Awaarts is known for her really unique and interesting surreal art. She creates fantastical creatures and beings through drawing, mixed media, sculpture and more. Her bright and colourful artwork is sold on prints and more through Print on Demand sites, some of which is showcased on her profile.

anishacreations

Ana, aka anishacreations is known for being able to make just about anything adorable. Follow her page for a daily dose of cute. Sometimes she posts animations as well along with music, which are guaranteed to brighten up your day.

Belettelepink

Belettelepink is known for her animal art which is expressed through drawing and painting. She mainly focuses on wild animals, especially mustelids, which is a family of animals including weasels, badgers, ferrets and more. Her work is often displayed on products for sale through her various print on demand shops. Sometimes she hosts art challenges like her #wolvesofthworld2019 which are fun to participate in.

Hundilaul

Hundilaul aka Anaya’s work is very graphic and she does a lot of detailed pattern work. She has a wide variety of bright and colourful patterns and mandalas which are displayed on products from her Print on Demand shops.

Pahleeloola

Pahleeloola is known for her graphic poster designs featuring prominent historical figures along with their inspiring quotes. She also shares snapshots of her life, photography, and more on her account so there is a good variety of posts to inspire you.

Darkhysteriaco

Darkhysteriaco is known for her black and white graphic illustrations combining occult and wiccan imagery. Her crisp and clean line work is displayed prominently on prints, enamel pins, apparel and more with a wiccan aesthetic.

I hope you’ve found some interesting artist’s accounts to follow on Instagram.

You can also follow my own Instagram account below!

julieerindesigns

Free Printable Grid Template for Drawing Patterns

mandala grid template pattern worksheet

Hey guys, I’ve created another free download-able template to help you with your art! This printable grid template I created to help draw patterns to use for mandalas or other artwork.

This grid template is a great way keep track of patterns to use for future mandala drawings and also to practice your drawing techniques.

You can download and print off this template then either draw straight on it or trace underneath another sheet of paper.

Use the one with dark lines to trace and the one with lighter lines to draw straight on it.

pattern drawing grid template

Click here to download the light grid to draw patterns straight on the page.

Click here to download the dark grid to use for tracing.

I also have worksheets to help you draw mandalas as well, check them out here!

Pattern drawing can be a nice soothing and calming activity, similar to making mandalas or zentangle inspired artwork.

I hope you find this grid template useful. Let me know what you think by leaving me a comment below! You can also tag me in your creations on Instragram @julieerindesigns.

Cheers!

Julie