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Video by @craftyslimecreator An old toy turned into a new passion for 16-year-old Alyssa Jagan (@craftyslimecreator). After seeing lots of slime DIYs pop up on social media, Alyssa, who lives in Toronto, realized she had all the necessary supplies to make her own. “I’ve been making slime and goo with my mom ever since I was little,” she says. “Slime became really pretty and visually pleasing in 2017. In the past, it didn’t look as nice, but now slime can be made in a variety of colors, scents and textures!” Inspiration for new varieties comes from different parts of Alyssa’s life. “I like to wander around craft stores and pick up different products to see which will work in slime. I am also inspired by other ‘slimers’ in the community,” she says. “I am currently obsessed with ‘Stranger Things,’ so I will probably make some ‘Stranger Things’-themed slimes.” Watch our story to see more, and follow along on #IGYearInReview as we reflect on the most memorable Instagram trends of 2017.
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Photo by @impact.brothers Starting today, we’re introducing new ways for you to stay connected to your interests on Instagram, with the ability to follow hashtags like #gymnastics. Some twins finish each other’s sentences, Marcos and Alejandro Ponce López (@impact.brothers) finish each other’s flips. After seeing break dancers perform in their hometown 14 years ago, the duo from Torre del Mar, Spain, dedicated their lives to becoming professional acrobats. What’s been their biggest #gymnastics accomplishment to date? “Everything we have learned has been self-taught. Hand to hand [where one performer, balancing on the hands of the other performer, does a handstand], was very complicated for us, since it is a very complex discipline. We have some friends who know this discipline. One day we were lucky to meet with them, and in a few hours they explained several tricks. After that, we practiced each day to achieve that movement.”
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Video by @annettelabedzki Starting today, we’re introducing new ways for you to stay connected to your interests on Instagram, with the ability to follow hashtags like #asmr. Once Canadian artist Annette Labedzki (@annettelabedzki) learned there was a community of people mixing paint for sensory effects, she wasted no time. “My first video was late at night, I used wax paper, I had my pajamas on,” she says. Through #asmr (autonomous sensory meridian response), Annette, who has painted full time for 30 years, found new ways to be inspired by the materials she’s always worked with. “There was a point where I had mixed every color combo that I could possibly think of. And one night I thought, ‘I wonder what would happen if I poured paint into one of those molds and froze it?’ I’ve never had so much fun in my life!” Whether she’s crushing frozen paint, adding glitter to a mix or creating on a miniature canvas, Annette loves how sharing her videos opens up a dialogue with others. “I listen to what they write, and then I go from there.”