Meet The Artist Behind Instagram's Oddly Satisfying Trend

Meet The Artist Behind Instagram's Oddly Satisfying Trend

Believe it or not, it's all paint!


Take a quick scroll through your Instagram explore page nowadays and you'll undoubtedly encounter your fair share of slime poking, soap cutting, and paint mixing videos. All of these fall into the "oddly satisfying" genre, AKA one of Instagram's biggest (and strangest) obsessions. Amidst this fascinating trend, artist Annette Labedzki began posting her own paint mixing videos. As time passed, her videos became increasingly creative and intricate. Each one is a short, detailed work of performance art. Now, she has amassed 900 thousand followers on Instagram and over 270 thousand subscribers on her YouTube channel. Odyssey talked to the artist and internet sensation about her background, inspiration, art, and newfound fame.

How did you become an artist?

"Early on in my childhood, I loved painting, drawing and making things all the time. I was fascinated by shiny objects and found objects, which I used to make collages. I loved knitting and sewing as well. I have always been creative and don't know any other way of life."

How did you come up with the idea to start posting paint mixing videos? Later on, how did you begin coming up with more elaborate and creative ideas for your videos?

"I saw someone mixing paint on Instagram, and realized that I would love to do that! I get bored very easily so I must try something new and experiment all the time in order to remain creative and excited."

Since developing a large audience from your paint mixing videos, has your art gained attention?

"Yes, my art has gained attention and I am very grateful!"

How did you develop your artistic style?

"I just keep on going all the time. If one thing bores me, I move on to the next thing. As long as I am always learning and growing."

Who are your biggest artistic influences? What inspires you?

"My biggest influences are all the great masters, men and women. I am inspired by artists who seek and speak or express their truth."

Out of all your artwork, is there a specific piece you’re most proud of? If so, why?

"I am very proud of the videos with the frozen paint food. It is almost impossible to do and when a video turns out well, I am always very surprised and happy!"

Why do you think people are so fascinated by your paint mixing videos?

"I have no idea...perhaps the colors are very soothing. I am still very surprised that people like the videos so much!"

MEAN KITTY by Annette Labedzki

You can find Annette Labedzki's mesmerizing videos on her Instagram: @annettelabedzki. If you're interested in browsing or supporting her art, visit her website here!

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50 Disney Quotes For The Perfect Instagram Caption

Don't you want to be part of my insta world?

So you have that perfect picture. The lighting is perfect. You are accomplishing the perfect "candid laugh." You even have your hair and makeup done for the first time in forever. It is the perfect picture. But wait. Now you need the perfect caption. Well don't worry any longer. I have compiled a list of Disney quotes to really capture that perfect Instagram moment.

1. "Hakuna Matata, it means no worries, for the rest of your days." (Lion King)

2. "This child is getting wildly out of wing." (Lion King)

3. "It's a world full of laughter, a world full of tears." (It's a Small World)

4. "Look at this stuff, isn't it neat?" (The Little Mermaid)

5. "Floating in a blue lagoon." (The Little Mermaid)

6. "Yo ho, haul together, hoist the colors high." (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End)

7. "How lovely it would be if could I lived in my fantasy." (Cinderella)

8. "Reach for the sky." (Toy Story)

9. "Just keep swimming." (Find Nemo)

10. "Even miracles take a little time." (Cinderella)

11. "If you live to be 100, I want to live to be 100 minus a day so I never have to live without you." (Winnie the Pooh)

12. "The flower that blooms in adversity, is the most rare and beautiful of all." (Mulan)

13. "But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you will learn things you never knew." (Pocahontas)

14. "It's like I always say, your majesty, children got to be free to live their own lives." (The Little Mermaid)

15. "The past can hurt. But the way I see it, either you can even run from it or learn from it." (Lion King)

16. "He can fly! He can fly! He flew!" (Peter Pan)

17. "I can show you the world, shining, shimmering, splendid." (Alladin)

18. "Legs are required for jumping, dancing." (The Little Mermaid)

19. "Do you want to build a snowman?" (Frozen)

20. "It's time to see what I can do, test the limits and break through." (Frozen)

21. "The bare necessities of life will come to you." (Jungle Book)

22. "For it is plain as anyone can see, we are simply meant to be." (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

23. "Can you feel the love tonight?" (Lion King)

24. "I know you, I've walked with you once upon a dream." (Sleeping Beauty)

25. "I look at you, and I'm home." (Finding Nemo)

26. "How do you spell love? You don't spell it, you feel it." (Winnie the Pooh)

27. "You are my greatest adventure." (Up)

28. "Wouldn't you think I'm the girl, the girl who has everything?" (The Little Mermaid)

29. "I know every rock and tree and creature has a life, has a spirit, has a name." (Pocahontas)

30. "I'll think of a mermaid lagoon, underneath a magic moon." (Peter Pan)

31. "Don't let them in, Don't let them see. Be the good girl you always have to be." (Frozen)

32. "A whole new world. A new fantastic point of view." (Alladin)

33. "I am one with the wind and sky." (Frozen)

34. "Tranquil as a forest, but on fire within." (Mulan)

35. "I'll be there someday. I can go the distance, I will find my way if I can be strong." (Hercules)

36. "It's the circle of life and it moves us all." (Lion King)

37. "Two worlds, one family." (Tarzan)

38. "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." (Mary Poppins)

39. "I'm working on my roar." (Lion King)

40. "Remember you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine." (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves)

41. "You don't have time to be timid. You must be bold and daring." (Beauty and the Beast)

42. "To infinity and beyond." (Toy Story)

43. "Most everyone's mad here. (Alice in Wonderland)

44. "Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten." (Lilo and Stitch)

45. "Some people are worth melting for." (Frozen)

46. "I was hiding under the porch because I love you." (Up)

47. "I'm a damsel. I'm in distress. I can handle this." (Hercules)

48. "In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and then snap, a job's a game!" (Mary Poppins)

49. "To laugh yourself is to love yourself." (Mickey Mouse)

50. "Fairy tales can come true. You gotta make them happen, it all depends on you." (The Princess and the Frog)

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If You're Visiting Memorial Sites For Instagram Likes, Stay Home And Open A Book Instead

A serious problem with social media use today is how our looks and appearances can be valued more than the historical and serious contexts where we snap our pictures.


There is no question that social media has provided many benefits to society. We can keep up with long distance family and friends. We are exposed to news and current events the second they happen. We can see the personal sides of our favorite celebrities, artists, and athletes. There is a sense of wholesome interconnectedness that comes from this high volume of media exposure from social networking that has become so normal in our daily life.

The youth of the world today are often discredited and criticized for their use of selfies and social media, with accusations that they are too self-centered. Here is the disclaimer: social media does not make people self-centered, and there is no shame in wanting to post a selfie or any updates about what you are up to or where you have been. It is a condition of the younger generations to use selfies and social media to "place oneself in a context, to understand how we fit into a bigger picture." As reviewed by social psychologists, this phenomenon should not be written off as a constant attention grab, but it is a healthy form of self-expression.

This is healthy when used in moderation. A major drawback from this common practice of social networking is how quickly it can make us value the wrong things. Instead of posting something to share a genuinely happy moment, it is easy to become enthralled in wondering: How many followers can I get? How many likes can I get on this picture? Who's going to see and comment on my post? This can make some social media users lose sight of the actual intention of their posts and the context in which they are posting certain things.

Again, there is nothing wrong with posting a selfie, or posting pictures from a family vacation, or spending time with friends. Social media exists so we can all update what we are doing. But when the number of likes you can get on your post becomes more important than the intention of giving a life update, it becomes a problem. An even bigger problem is when the post is more about how good you look instead of what is actually going on in the photo.

More specifically, this issue is concerning people who have opted to post selfies when visiting historical monuments and memorials of tragedies in world history. Many people post on social media when they are visiting a new place, such as a new city or a famous monument. This is great- show your family and friends the experience you had and what is new in your life. But maybe it is not the best idea to make the picture and post about how good you look when you are visiting such a serious location. It is also completely acceptable to post about these memorialized locations in general, but when it is done respectfully or emphasizes the impact this historical context had on the world.

There are countless examples of people posting to Twitter or Instagram in somber locations such as the World Trade Center, Auschwitz Concentration Camps, etc. where the post is not focusing on the memorials, but on the person. Posts like these show complete inconsideration for what event and the lives lost that these locations are actually memorializing, and emphasizing one's own looks instead of the context of these places shows complete disregard for the memorial's purpose. Some examples of these types of posts can be found here:

The Auschwitz Concentration Camp is not a memorial so that you can take a selfie. It is a piece of history that still stands today and allows visitors so that we can remember the countless victims who were torn from their families and suffered abuse and death in a mass genocide. The World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial does not exist so that you can show off how good you look. Again, it stands today and is open to tourists so that we can reflect on the tragedy that happened in New York and mourn the lives lost in the terrorist attack.

An example of this awful habit in pop culture is when YouTuber Logan Paul filmed a video in the Aokigahara forest in Japan. This forest is known for the high number of suicides that take place there every year. In the video, Paul shows the body of an apparent victim of suicide, and conducts himself in a manner throughout the video that shows little to no respect for the lives lost in that forest every year. After the video was posted, Logan Paul faced a lot of backlash for posting something so disrespectful and for being so negligent just for the sake of posting content about himself.

Bottom line, here's a helpful social media tip: maybe open a history book before you open up your social media apps!

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