Sacil Armstrong

Mindful Art Maker & CZT

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@MyCre8vMischief

https://www.instagram.com/mycre8vmischief/

I started using Instagram just to share pictures of my creative play. I have since started a small business, My Creative Mischief, and now I need to make my feed more cohesive.

Goals: As a Certified Zentangle Teacher, I teach people to use abstract art as a mindfulness activity. I just opened an Etsy shop and I also have a redbubble account to sell my patterns. 

  1. Promote items in my Etsy shop and on redbubble
  2. Promote my online classes
  3. Show how I create my art (I've noticed I get more likes for collage photos that show steps for a project)
  4. Increase my followers from about 300 to 1,000 by this fall
  5. Increase engagement with my followers to get more comments and likes

Inspiration - top five markets or categories: 

  1. Zentangle and Zentangle Inspired Art
  2. Mandalas
  3. Clay work
  4. My Zentangle classes 
  5. Random arts & crafts activities

Photos

For this photo: PhotoDirector (free version of retouch app for android), Snapseed to add the frame and Font Studio to add my business name. Because what I photograph can range from a black and white line drawing for a coloring page to a piece of pottery or a tangled purse, I'm thinking that having a series of 3 or 4 frames will help tie my feed together. Any feeling about this one way or the other?

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This is a coloring page I just completed for a local magazine.I used PhotoDirector to brighten the image and remove a spot on the bottom of the photo. I tried using Snapseed's heal tool to do it, but it just blurred the spot and I couldn't change the size of the brush. I used a frame from Snapseed and Font Studio for my business name again. It looks brighter on my phone.

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This is a freehand mandala work in progress. This actually looks better on my phone than it does here. I've decided I like the auto correct for brightness on my phone's photo editor than any of the other tools. I know PhotoDirector has a way of editing just one color, but I couldn't find it. When I'm done with this I want to brighten the white areas. The actual paper is a cream/offwhite color. Again, I used Snapseed for the frame and Font Studio for the name.

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So will the frames help pull my feed images together or are they goofy? I'll post what my feed looks like once I have a few more to show.

Old Feed without the borders

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New feed with borders and filters

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I'm slowly getting more followers, still experimenting with hashtags and filters, but I think my feed looks much better. I don't create something post worthy every day but I'm figuring out how to prep several photos and just post them periodically instead of all at one time. A couple of people have asked me to start including sayings in my feed since I share them with my friend and students already. I didn't realize how much people appreciated them, so I will be adding that as a new feature. I found an article online that said they Instagram filter could make a difference in the number of likes, so I've activated the ones they said were most popular and I'm experimenting.

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