Social media is everywhere you look these days. A great way to stay connected to our friends, social media is great way to exercise our creativity on a daily (hourly for some!) basis. Taking photos of our lunch and documenting our #ootd (outfit of the day) has become so common. Two of the most popular social media outlets for sparking creativity are Pinterest and Instagram.



Pinterest is a booming social media network that allows you to curate inspiration boards. You can pin your images and articles you’ve found through internet searches or repin something already on the site itself. A great way to organize the things you collect over the internet. Create a board of your inspiration for a specific project, your project while it’s in process, and the finished project to show the creative process. Also, Pinterest is a great place to get views of  your portfolio. 11 million visits by pinners makes this website a reason artist love it so much. Pinterest’s heavy traffic makes it an excellent source for selling your work as well.




Instagram is a great tool for anyone who is visually inclined. Instagram is a social media platform that allows the user to upload and take pictures as well as videos. Not only can you include your creative projects and art, but also highlight other creative areas outside of your specific medium. You can follow other artists and designers to create interaction and inspiration.  Don’t forget to use hashtags to make your images more searchable and gain more exposure. Iconosquare can provide you with statistics to help you with your marketing and creative process.


Pinterest and Instagram are both social media tools that are based on the visual experience, making it a great option to use for anyone working in the visual arts but also any creative person. Both are great tools to promote your work when linked to your website or in a Twitter post. Pinterest is a good personal tool for promotion of your work whereas, Instagram is a great way to also connect with other people to build a community and even collaborate. Both social media tools are mobile, so download the FREE apps on to your smartphone and you can take the inspiration on the go!

Here are some resources for more ways to creatively connect through social media:

The Top 10 Social Networks for Creative People


Stay Creative!



What is the go to social media tool you use as an artist/designer? Comment below.


  1. 8 ball pool says:

    There’s definately a lot to know about this issue.
    I really like all of the points you have made.

    1. candacejlaine says:

      Thank you! And there are certainly more that I didn’t get to mention in this post.

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