Today is the day! I am so excited to finally launch my new emoji sticker app that I have been working on for forever. Introducing . . . Artsy Emojis!!! I visualized this app for years, and then physically worked on it for another year. Loads of patience (and moolah) were needed to fulfill my dream. But it’s done, and I love it!
Let me tell you how it works…
Step One: Download the App from the App Store
This is app is only available for iPhone at the moment. If you are on your phone now, click on this link. Or go to the App Store icon on your iPhone and search “Artsy Emojis”. Tap on the blue $1.99 box. It will turn into a green “buy” button. Tap this button and the app will download onto your phone.
A note about the purchase price. I decided on $1.99 instead of free because free emoji apps actually are a scam and they really bother me. In order for a free app to make money, they either have “in-app purchases”, which means that you only really get about 20 free emojis and then the rest are locked until you buy them, or the app has to run ads. So my app is an up-front, one-time purchase, and then you not only get all 129 emojis right away, you will never see an ad!
Step Two: View all the cute Artsy Emojis and freak out!
Now that you’ve downloaded the Artsy Emoji app, open it up. Tap on the first blue banner, “View Artsy Emojis”, and scroll through all 129 emojis. Aren’t they so cute!!??
I started designing all of the emojis myself, but then realized I would never get this app done on my own. So I hired this crazy-talented illustrator named Bee Brown to draw about 100 of the emojis. I drew about 30 myself. Bee is really good at animals and faces, something that is not particularly my strength. I am very grateful to Bee for creating these drawings that are so whimsical and beguiling and F.U.N! They are exactly what I was imagining.
The emojis cover all types of categories, not just art supplies. There are party emojis, nature and beachy emojis, food and dessert emojis, transportation and holiday emojis, and flower and feather emojis. They really are all so beautiful, I can’t wait for you to see them!
Step 3: Installing your Artsy Emoji App
Next, tap the “How to Use” blue banner. The first page will tell you how to turn on your emoji app. Just follow the instructions, they are very clear.
Step 4: How to use your Artsy Emoji Stickers
Once you have loaded your Artsy Emojis, they will show up under the blue “A” for App store when texting. The type of emojis I designed are called “stickers”. This is because the way you use them is like stickers. You can drag and drop them on top of word bubbles, or use them as a single image. It takes a little practice. For example, when you drag and drop, the sticker has to touch part of the word bubble. But you want to make sure it doesn’t cover words. You can drag a sticker onto either your own words, or your friend’s words.
Step 5: Add Artsy Emoji stickers to your texts
My favorite way to use them is to first send a single sticker by just tapping a sticker and having it appear in your text box. Then I like to drag more stickers around that first bigger emoji.
I also love the paper bag faces and heart faces to use as a quick emoticon. I do have some favorite emojis, like the toilet roll faces, the happy rain cloud, the lion, and the green smoothie!
Step 6: Add Artsy Emojis stickers to your photos
The last blue banner is called “Photobomb” and is basically a way to plaster stickers onto photos and save them to your camera roll. There are instructions under “How to Use” on the fourth page. (At the bottom of the “How to Use” tab there are four icons. Tap the last icon that looks like a camera and says photobomb underneath to learn how to photobomb.)
Basically, you can take a photo or use a photo from your camera roll. After you choose the photo, you tap the yellow “Add” button on the bottom and then you choose an emoji and it pops up on the top of the photo. You can then drag the emoji anywhere on the photo, and you can also use your thumb and pointer to shrink or enlarge and rotate the emoji. Then just hit “Save” and it gets saved to your camera roll. Again, this takes a little practice – sometimes you have to try a few times to shrink and enlarge. I think if it gets too small it’s harder to rotate. So I tend to enlarge first, then rotate, then shrink and move it into place.
Photo cred: @homegrownfriends
Start photobombing everything!! Let’s make the world more artsy fartsy!
You can add many stickers to your photos and then just move them around individually. It’s so much fun!! You and your kids will love photobombing your photos!!
Download my new Artsy Emoji App from the the App Store today, and then start expressing your creative and artsy self!
If you use the emojis on Instagram, you can tag the photo with #artsyemojiapp.