Pinterest is a great way to bookmark things that inspire. I love it for that.
It's addictive, but can be a great tool. For example, do a Pinterest search for Gelli plate and see all the tutorials that come up!
I don't use Pinterest. Be aware that your images will likely be "lifted" by other people, some who will claim your work is theirs, and Pinterest will stand behind them, not you. It's a free-for-all, copyright-wise. If these things matter to you, user beware.
Speaking to the above commenter, I think whenever you publish a picture of your art online you run the risk of copying/lifting - whether it's from your blog or pinterest or etsy. Pinterest rules have changed from when it first started and I don't think Connie is right any longer since there was such a huge backlash from artists. Just like anything online, when I 'pin' an inspirational piece of art or photo or tutorial, I try to be sure and give credit in the comment section. It is very helpful (and visual) in keeping track of things you find inspirational or that you just want to save so you can easily find it - a recipe, a hairstyle, a piece of jewelry, or of course, art. There are always people who abuse online forums whether it's on flickr or pinterest or from your blog but I think generally pinners are respectful of origins. When someone pins from your blog (or any blog) pinterest automatically links the image to your blog so people can easily click through to your blog and read more about your art. I love pinterest - I love browsing through and seeing all the random things other people find pretty or interesting or helpful. And of course, there's all the great art! :)I think if you searched by your name you'd be surprised at how many times your art has already been pinned (certainly by me :) Welcome aboard!
Yep - I agree with Terrie above - enjoy using Pinterest Jane - I started a collection of pieces when my daughter-in-law introduced me to it - and if a piece of art is 'precious' and you don't want to risk it - don't post it!! You just have to be ahead of the game - the beauty of Pinterest is that it is another forum to share your work - but more so it is a space where you can go back in your spare time and appreciate other peoples work! Also you can leave all the original links intact when you post someones work and it takes you back to that link when you visit their picts - which is a lovely way to discover new artists and their way of looking at the the world!! Cheers - enjoy I say!! I don't have much up - but here is my link for you if you would like to browse!! http://pinterest.com/wynvogel/
I choose to have fun with Pinterest rather than be fearful of what others do with my images. One way Pinterest has helped is to take time every so often to browse through my boards to get a perspective on my personal affinities. For instance, when looking at all the photos I've posted on my Art-painting board and my Art-collage board I discovered that I gravitate toward compositions formed on a grid of sorts. I like circles, grids, lots of color, abstracted landscape, and so on. It's helpful, when starting with Pinterest, to cruise through other artists boards to see how they're set up to get a starting idea of what you'd like to do with your own. Of course, it's easy to change ones mind and to fine-tune your boards later. Mine is http://pinterest.com/joreimer/boards/.
I didn't "get"Pinterest until I discovered the search box. That enabled me to find things that I was interested in, rather than the random things that just appeared.
Like all of this era's media there are pros and cons. Frankly I doubt if anyone could actually copy your work Jane, and if they claim to have done something that is yours I suspect a search of the net would set people right. I would just counsel, if you pin other people's work, to give credit where credit is due.
I make sure not to pin hi-res images. For the most part I keep them at 5" or 6" wide at 72 dpi. ANYONE IS WELCOME TO USE MY PAINTINGS for the purposes of learning, gaining a new perspective on composition or technique, or just enjoying the view. I doubt if anyone is really interested in directly copying my work verbatim and passing it off as their own. THAT is infringement. Thanks for all your comments. This is really helpful - a whole new venture. SO great to see vast quantities of art online. It is extremely helpful in defining my own interests. I see that I gravitate towards certain kinds of color combinations, types of elements, etc. Very revealing.
I love Pintrest too. I know that there are people who do use other's images but I believe they're in the minority. I always put a digital watermark on my images before I post on the internet...usually something smallish and discreet and also use a low res image, as someone else pointed out. I love your work and will be "following" you Jane!
I vote yes for Pinterest as well. It's a great tool for collecting ideas and sharing your own work. Hope you enjoy it!