20 year old artist, Kristina Webb is one of the most popular and talented young artists on social media. She has over one million followers on Instagram, and is beloved by young fans around the world. Kristina has also received celebrity attention from Ed Sheeran, Lauren Conrad, and Tyra Banks, as well as brands such as Starbucks, YouTube, Disney, and NBA. She recently released her first book “Color Me Creative” which gives readers a look at her personal life and also gives them a chance to get creative through art inspired challenges.
Kristina Webb was kind enough to join me for an interview this week to discuss her new book “Color Me Creative”, what inspired her to become an artist and ultimately write her book, how Tumblr and Instagram have changed her life, and much more!
Candace Rose: Can you tell us about your new book “Color Me Creative?” What inspired you to create it?
Kristina Webb: “Well, the book has two parts to it; the first part is about my journey, sort of a biography about my upbringing and the places I’ve lived and how I’ve gotten to where I am now. The second part of the book is 50 creative art challenges with prompts. The reader actually draws straight into the book, so that’s a little bit about my book!”
Candace Rose: You were raised in New Zealand, Vanuatu and Australia. Can you tell us about your upbringing?
Kristina Webb: “I was born in New Zealand and then at the age of two, both of my parents got offered jobs in the pacific island of Vanuatu (Port Vila). We lived there for a little while and then we decided to move to Gold Coast, Australia. After a few years there we decided to buy a sailboat and we set sailing on Sundays for almost two years and I was homeschooled (at that point I was eight years old) and then back to New Zealand.”
Candace Rose: You’re one of the most popular artists on Instagram and on social media in general. Did you always aspire to be an artist?
Kristina Webb: “Always. It’s always been art for me. Ever since I could hold a pencil I’ve loved drawing and creating. It’s always what I wanted to be.”
Candace Rose: You have over one million followers on Instagram. How did you get started on the platform?
Kristina Webb: “Well, I actually started on Tumblr. When I was about 15 I started sharing the artwork that I created at home. I got a really positive response and people were so nice about it, and I started to gather a following on that. In 2012 when I was on high school exchange over here in America, I was in Michigan actually, I got my first iPhone and made an Instagram and transferred those followers from Tumblr onto Instagram and it just grew from there.”
Candace Rose: Many of us aspire to be more creative. How can we awaken our inner creativity?
Kristina Webb: “There are so many ways to awaken your inner creativity. It doesn’t necessarily have to be art, it’s just creating – just doing more DIY stuff, cutting up old clothes and redesigning them, creating music, creative writing, there are so many ways! I think it’s a really important thing to do.”
Candace Rose: Adult coloring books are so popular these days. Why do you think they’ve grown in popularity?
Kristina Webb: “I don’t think that coloring should just be restricted to children at all. Art is for all ages and I think it’s so wonderful. I think people are just finding that art is a great way to destress, it’s very therapeutic and relaxing. It’s fun and I think it’s a wonderful thing.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any advice for young artists who look up to you?
Kristina Webb: “I think that the most important thing with art – I’ve always had this belief that there’s no wrong or right with art. It’s all about people’s personal preferences. As long as you’re happy, enjoying the art that you create and are proud of the art that you do, that’s all that really matters.”
Candace Rose: Thank you so much, Kristina. Where can we go for more information and to purchase your new book “Color Me Creative?”
Kristina Webb: “I think the best place to go would be KristinaWebbArt.com. It has links to all the retailers that carry the book.”