100+ Hashtags for Painters & Calligraphers, Sorted by Category!

It may be small, but it is mighty. On Instagram, a hashtag can be a powerful thing. Hashtags are not only a way for a social media platform to sort posts into specific topics; it's a way for you to meet other people, discover new tools and resources, keep an eye on trends, get inspired, and more. Choosing your hashtags carefully is important. It affects who will see your own posts on Instagram, but also where you will end up networking in the wider Instagram community. For artists & makers, Instagram can be an especially creative & supportive space to share your work and see what others are doing as well. While I updated my own lists for this year, I thought I would share with you what I found! Below, I'm going to share just shy of 200 hashtags useful for painters & calligraphers specifically. First, though, let's talk about how to use their power for good, not evil.

 
Brush up your hashtag lists with 100+ hashtags specific to painters & calligraphers.

Brush up your hashtag lists with 100+ hashtags specific to painters & calligraphers.

 
  1. Don't use all the hashtags at once. Instagram limits you to 30 hashtags total (including both those in your post description and any comments you add), but they can also be pesky for your followers. It's no fun to have to scroll past a zillion hashtags, or have it right in your face. Be choosy of what you're tagging, and make them the most applicable and meaningful to your post.
  2. Balance the general with the specific. I've shared a lot of very general hashtags (like #art. You can't get more basic than that.) but you should combine these with some that are specific. For instance, if you're using a brush to create lettering with your watercolors you might want to use #brushlettering or if you're painting an scene of a street in New Orleans, adding #neworleans so that people specifically interested in those topics see your post.
  3. Keep them on your phone. Below is a screenshot of a Notes app page on my iPhone, where I keep some general watercolor hashtags saved. If you want to include the hashtags but don't want it to be part of the post that everyone sees as they scroll through their feed, you can use a method to add them in a comment. Some people prefer to use an app such as Notes to create 4 periods on different lines, with the hashtags below that. This way, the comment just shows "..." when people scroll past it, and no one sees the hashtags unless they click to view the comments.
  4. Tag businesses and products you support. If you use products by a specific company and they have a presence on Instagram, you can tag them in your posts. This not only helps your followers know what products you use and recommend and easily learn more about them, but if the business sees they may choose to showcase your work which can lead to more exposure. Some examples are Canson papers @cansonpaper, Kuretake Zig watercolors @kuretakezig_usa, Winsor and Newton paints @winsorandnewton, and Princeton brushes @princetonbrush.
  5. Join a challenge or embrace a weekly theme. There are so many challenges on Instagram for artists & designers! In a challenge, you might tag the leaders of it in your photos as you follow along that week, and may have specific topics and materials to use for certain time frames. For instance, if you are interested in calligraphy, @calligrabasics runs weekly challenges (right now it's "pencil week" so you can join in, get a push to be creative and network with other artists too. If you're finding yourself stumped for what to post about on given days, keep a list of weekly themes handy to reference. Some popular examples include #tbt, #throwbackthursday, and #followfriday.

Keep in mind, if you pull this blog post up on your phone, you can go ahead and copy any of the hashtags below and paste them directly into your notes app to save for later! See my example, just below.

 
 

Creativity

#art #artists #artistsofinstagram #artistoninstagram #artistsoninstagram #artistic #artista #artlife #artwork #fineart #artsandcrafts #artspotted #instaartsy #instaartwork #instaartist #artdaily #artshub #creativeprocess #creativeliving #iamcreative #doodle #inspiration #beautiful #makesomething

Color

#color #colors #colorsplash #colorcrush #colormehappy #colorlove #dscolor #livecolorfully #colorventures

Painting

#paint #painting #paintings #painter #paintsketch #watercolor #watercolour #watercolorpainting #watercolorart #inspiring_watercolors #lovewatercolor #aquarelle #sketchbook #sketch #drawing #landscape #portrait #abstract #abstractpainting #illustration #painteveryday #dailypainting #loosepainting

Pattern & Surface Design

#surfacedesign #pattern #patterns #patterndesign #seamlesspattern #floralpattern #designinspo, #designporn, #designlovers, #designblogger, #designoftheday #designbyme #designyourlife #designinspiration #designyourmind #designed #designoftheday

Floral

#dsfloral #blooooms #rsblooms #floralart #floweraddict #floral #watercolorflowers #botanical #flowery #floralwatercolor

Business & Studio Scenes

#studio #studioscenes #studiolife #studiolove #studiogrind #artlicensing #sneakpeek #wip #entrepreneur #hustle #workhard #smallbiz #mycreativebiz #mycreativelife #onmydesk #whereiwork #creativeentrepeneur #girlboss #smallbusiness

Video

#video #votd #instavideo #watercolorvideo #videoart #tutorial #instavid #instagramvideo #processvideo

Networking

(These hashtags are usually related to a blog or website, and are used for followers to tag and follow along. Below are some of the more popular ones; you can search on Instagram for them and see if they fit your particular style.)

#doitfortheprocess #abmlifeisbeautiful #flashesofdelight #thehappynow #pursuepretty #darlingmovement #wemakecollective #makersgonnamake #cylcollective #makersmovement #makersbiz #creativelifehappylife #abmlifeiscolorful #creativityfound #calledtobecreative #theeverygirl #craftsposure #creativehappylife #creativityfound #artcollective #livethelittlethings #seekthesimplicity #sodomino #acolorstory (if you use the app)

Etsy Seller Networking

(These are useful to connect & network with other sellers and influencers, but not necessarily customers. If you're looking to connect with potential buyers, I would get specific with hashtags, such as #giftideas, #whales or #custompetportrait - whatever your work is about.)

#etsy #etsyseller #etsyshop #etsysuccess #etsylove #etsyart #handmade #handmadegift #shophandmade #shopsmallbusiness #supportsmallbusiness #etsygift #etsyfinds #EtsyStore #shopetsy #buyetsy #etsyhunter #etsyusa #etsysellers #EtsyShopOwner #etsyforall#EtsySale #printshop #gifts #custom #customgift

Blogging

(Make sure to add specific hashtags related to whatever the blog post topic is!)

#blog #blogging #waterblog #ontheblog #linkinprofile #designblogger, #designblog

Calligraphy & Hand Lettering

#handlettering #typography #calligraphy #caligraphy #moderncalligraphy #modernscript #dippen #script #formalcalligraphy #pointedpen #penmanship #penandink #calligrapher #lettering #brushcalligraphy #brushlettering #handlettered #handdrawn #freelancer #freelancediaries #chalkboardart #artoftype #handwrittenfont #font #brushlettered #calligraphyvideo #letteringvideo #dippencalligraphy #calligraphypractice #calligraphypen #learncalligraphy #pointedpencalligraphy #surelysimplelettering

If you're interested in more information on what apps I recommend, check out the 10 business & art apps on my phone right now and my 8 favorite photo and video editing apps.

Well, that's a wrap! I hope these lists have been helpful, and I would love to keep the list growing! What hashtags do you use and recommend? Please share in the comments!

- Dani