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

12 Ways to Use Those Cool Digital Art Patterns

Right now, it seems like the world is FULL of funky, cool, quirky downloadable patterns. Anything your heart desires has been turned from a painting or linoprint into a pattern; woodland creatures, polka dots of every type and size, floral designs of every possible garden variety... digital art patterns are ubiquitous. Part of the reason must be that they are just so fun to make. After I created a few of my own and listed them in my Etsy shop, it occurred to me... what all do people do with these things?

A few of the uses are obvious, such as putting them on fabric and them sewing with them. After a little research I found there are so many other possibilities, I thought I'd share it with you, too. Surely there is a quirky owl pattern you've been eyeing and have just been waiting for the perfect opportunity?

(FYI, this is not a sponsored post - just my own ideas and links to artists & services I admire!)

12 Ways to Use Digital Art Patterns

1. Fabric. Yep, just like I noted above. With so many designs on the market from so many amazing artists, there's no need to limit yourself to whatever designs your local fabric shop has in stock. You can design a seamless pattern out of your own artwork or purchase a digital one from an online seller and have your own fabric whipped up! The most popular service for this is Spoonflower. While the fabric will likely end up costing more than what you'd pay for something off-the-rack at your local craft store, the design options are just so much better.

 
Spoonflower  has an easy-to-use interface, and offers more than just fabric.

Spoonflower has an easy-to-use interface, and offers more than just fabric.

 

2. Home decor. What do you do with all that fabric? Cover your home (and the homes of your loved ones) in it, of course. You can make pillows, tea towels, wallpaper, curtains, dust ruffles for under your bed... you get the idea! Below are two examples of artists who used their painted designs to create a pattern they then applied to home goods. Yao Cheng (one of my favorite artists and sources of inspiration, ever) sells throw pillows and tea towels on Etsy and her own website. Kelly Ventura has worked with Chasing Paper to share her designs on wallpaper.

 
Check out  these lovely throw pillows  in Yao Cheng's shop

Check out these lovely throw pillows in Yao Cheng's shop

 
 
 
Kelly Ventura's collection on Chasing Paper  offers both colorful and muted options

Kelly Ventura's collection on Chasing Paper offers both colorful and muted options

 

3. Invitations & events. Whether you go DIY or work with a designer, there are lots of opportunities to use patterns to add color and interest. Check out the wedding suite below from Freshmint Paperie on Etsy, that uses a pastel floral pattern. You could DIY something similar with a pattern of your own, and for a cohesive look coordinate similar patterns and colors into decorations, favors, or even fabrics at the event.

 
A pattern can make invitations more or less formal, depending on what you choose. I think this suite by  Freshmint Paperie  strikes a great balance between the two!

A pattern can make invitations more or less formal, depending on what you choose. I think this suite by Freshmint Paperie strikes a great balance between the two!

 

4. Website design. As someone who loves to paint AND blog, this is my favorite way to use a digital pattern, hands-down. You could use one as a background pattern on the site as a whole, but whenever I see someone add it to smaller design elements, I can't help but notice. On Rebecca Atwood's site, pictured below, doesn't the pattern behind the "Join Our Newsletter" just make it stand out? Paper & Oats uses a pattern in some of her blog post images; it's a great idea when you write a blog post but you don't have a photo available that makes sense to share with it. (Side note: Paper & Oats is a great website to check out if you are running your own creative business, she shares so many useful ideas and guides!)

 

 
The neutral pattern on  Rebecca Atwood's site  keeps it looking professional and calming, but adds so much interest.

The neutral pattern on Rebecca Atwood's site keeps it looking professional and calming, but adds so much interest.

 
 
 
Paper & Oats  shows how you can use patterns in your blog post images; I love the modern and professional black & white look.

Paper & Oats shows how you can use patterns in your blog post images; I love the modern and professional black & white look.

 

5. Personalizing electronics. I just recently took 10 minutes to update by iPhone, iPad, and Mac backgrounds and feel a little ridiculous for not doing it before. My favorite source for ready-made iPhone & laptop wallpaper is Design Love Fest's Dress Your Tech series. Below is a great example of using a pattern to make these, so don't be afraid to make your own as well! You can use Canva's templates and not even have to worry about the dimensions.

 

 
This pattern by Melanie Johnson  available via Design Love Fest uses a tone-on-tone pattern and is definitely worth a download!

This pattern by Melanie Johnson available via Design Love Fest uses a tone-on-tone pattern and is definitely worth a download!

 

6. Presentations. Whether it's for your own small business, a presentation for a corporation, or a slide show at your kid's graduation there are so many opportunities to improve your PowerPoint slides! Canva offers presentation templates that incorporate free patterns they provide, but you could swap them for a pattern of your own, or just insert a pattern into any PowerPoint or other presentation software you use! My favorite is that watermelon print. I can't imagine a scenario where I sit through a presentation on eating watermelon, but still. It's cute.

 

7. Scrapbooking. Whether you print out the papers for a traditional physical scrapbook or add it to a digital one, patterned paper is a scrapbooking staple. Craft stores may offer a plethora of different papers, but finding ones online open up a lot of more options. You can get as specific as you want; I designed patterns of watercolor cabbage and lettuce, so if you're a... cabbage farmer?... there is a paper just for you! (You might want to google "digital scrapbooking" because there are some pretty cool things out there I had no idea about.)

8. Party decorations. Hop on Pinterest for a ton of inspiration in DIY party banners, cupcake toppers, table centerpieces, and more. You could use your own custom-made patterns or one you've purchased to design and print all sorts of things - I think this can be especially handy for a very specific party theme. If your kid is really into the dentist or moths for instance, why limit their party theme to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? (Those may have been weird examples.)

9. Art prints. One of my favorite pieces of art hanging in our house is a print-out of sample African patterns I ordered on Etsy years ago. I don't think it was designed with the intention of being framed, but there is something eclectic and different about it that I enjoy. A pattern can work especially well as wall art, because it gives the sense of continuity and fills out the frame in a way most images don't.

 

This navy pattern  is so bold and really makes a statement, from Hello Gorgeous Wall Art on Etsy

This navy pattern is so bold and really makes a statement, from Hello Gorgeous Wall Art on Etsy

Amistyle Art Studio on Etsy offers prints of  this colorful leaf pattern

Amistyle Art Studio on Etsy offers prints of this colorful leaf pattern

This Scandinavian pattern  is modern and really sophisticated, from Stellaire Studio on Etsy

This Scandinavian pattern is modern and really sophisticated, from Stellaire Studio on Etsy

10. Photography backdrops. Whatever you're photographing, an interesting backdrop can make the difference between ending up with a professional, unique image and something amateur. Below you can see examples of using a patterned fabric or paper as a photography backdrop for product images and flat-lays, but a quick search can turn up adorable newborn photos and other subjects using the same techniques. Besides, doesn't that same white background on every single Instagram photo start to look boring?

 

 
Clip It Up a Notch shared their  tips & tricks for food photography , using this patterned backdrop

Clip It Up a Notch shared their tips & tricks for food photography, using this patterned backdrop

 
 
 
Pixel Steps shared  20 flat lay photography background ideas  including this bold print

Pixel Steps shared 20 flat lay photography background ideas including this bold print

 

11. Personalized gifts. Finding the right gift is always tricky, but personalized ones always feel extra thoughtful. Notebooks and planners make great gifts for just about anyone, but especially someone starting a new job or school where it's likely to be extra-useful. Sonia Cavallini creates and sells various stationary (see below) using her whimsical patterns and sells them on Etsy. If you're looking to make your own, services like Vistaprint can create custom notebooks and make it easy and affordable.

 

 
Check out  Sonia's website  for more inspiration!

Check out Sonia's website for more inspiration!

 

12. Packaging design. If you're someone to makes & shares things (whether as a hobby or a business) it can be extra fun to offer personalized and creative packaging. Whatever you make (knitted items, candles, homemade spice mixes...) you could incorporate a pattern or design into gift tags, wrapping paper, cards, etc. I've even made holiday gifts for friends and family in bulk, and then added little extra packaging to make it feel special. The tea company Saudade kicks their packaging up about a 1000% with their colorful, bold patterns.

Saudade Tea packaging that is borderline psychedelic

Saudade Tea packaging that is borderline psychedelic

How cheerful are these Saudade tea packages?

How cheerful are these Saudade tea packages?

If you're looking for a good tutorial on how to make your own digital patterns and textures, I highly recommend you check out Teela's tutorials on her blog Every Tuesday, particularly How to Create Hand Drawn Seamless Patterns in Illustrator and Create Seamless Watercolor Patterns in Photoshop.

You can check out some of the digital patterns I've designed myself on my Etsy shop.

Are you a digital pattern designer, or just love to collect them? What all do you use them for?

- Dani

 
A round-up of creative and affordable ways to use those fun, quirky digital patterns you see everywhere! from danielleandco.com

A round-up of creative and affordable ways to use those fun, quirky digital patterns you see everywhere! from danielleandco.com

 

Smart Creative Technology: My 8 Favorite Photo & Video Editing Apps

A creative business person has to get pretty... well... creative, sometimes. Not just the inspired sort of creative that generates innovative ideas and beautiful artwork. You need the type of creative that can make something look amazing for $1, take your work to the next level without having to take out a loan, and use what you already have to get what you want. Today I'm sharing how I'm getting by without an expensive DSLR or fancy video camera, and using 8 free photo & video editing apps on my iPhone to produce quality images for my blog and Instagram.

 
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8 Favorite iphone apps to edit photo & video

A Color Story: This is the app I use the most, for photo editing! There are so many photo editing apps out there, but this is the one I find myself returning to every time. Most photos I take from my iPhone are for social media purposes, such as Instagram, and A Color Story feels like it was designed just for that! Created by the bloggers of A Beautiful Mess (who are certainly Instagram famous) it not only has a variety of free filters that go oh-so-well with Instagram, the editing tools themselves are pretty robust! I do have Adobe Creative Suite, so any photo editing that is going to a client or used for marketing is edited there. However, a quick shot taken with my phone can be significantly brightened and the colors made bolder by 30 seconds of work in A Color Story. You can even save your editing so you can apply the same steps and tools to other photos, to achieve a consistent look.

 
Choosing from the free filters in A Color Story

Choosing from the free filters in A Color Story

Using the A Color Story app curve function

Using the A Color Story app curve function

 

Canva: I have heard from so many people that Canva is a lifesaver. Oddly, I use it much more in my day job as a college administrator than I do in my work at danielle & co.; having access to Photoshop and Illustrator, I've created templates for blog post images and other marketing that I can use every time for an efficient and consistent result. Canva has a lot of advantages, though, and occasionally it's nice to be able to generate something already sized perfectly for each specific social media platform. I especially enjoy the variety of fonts and that you can add little "design elements" so easily.

 
Canva has templates for a variety of social medias

Canva has templates for a variety of social medias

A peek at Canva's extra design elements

A peek at Canva's extra design elements

 

iMovie: This is the app I edit 99% of my Instagram videos with. It's free, easy to use, and offers features I haven't found anywhere else. Most of my videos are taken using an iPhone mounted on a tripod, and in order to have it turned to where there is decent lighting, I need to rotate the video later. Instagram wants your videos square and centered, but the iPhone doesn't shoot video in a squared format. So, I use iMovie to rotate and zoom in the video so it is just-right for Instagram. I also use it to speed up the video and to cut out parts that no one wants to see (like a pause where I stop to talk to one of my kids, or the cat jumps up into the screen). It took me awhile to figure it out, so here is my pro tip: If you want to speed the video up more than the max iMovie allows, speed it up to the max, save it as a finished movie, then speed it up all over again! It doesn't let you go all the way to the max again (that I can figure out, at least) but I've done this process with a video up to 3 times to achieve the speed I wanted.

 
Adjusting the speed in iMovie

Adjusting the speed in iMovie

Editing clips within a video in iMovie

Editing clips within a video in iMovie

 

Layout: This is a free app created by Instagram to create collages of photos. The ease of use is amazing (it is just so intuitive), and of course it turns out results perfect for Instagram. That being said, it isn't my actual favorite app for collages. That is...

Fotor: This is my default collage-making-app. I appear to make a strangely large amount of photo collages. Sometimes it's personal, such as photos of my kids on the first and last days of school or before and after photos of weight loss I wouldn't show anyone but myself. It can also be great to whip up a collage of different projects or art supplies I recommend to share on Instagram. Fotor has a few advantages over Layout, such as being able to adjust the thickness of the borders. It's a small thing, but I appreciate it.

A peek at the Layout app

A peek at the Layout app

Choosing collage templates in Fotor

Choosing collage templates in Fotor

Adjusting the border width in Fotor (one of my favorite features)

Adjusting the border width in Fotor (one of my favorite features)

ImgPlay: This app is a must for showing a good "before and after". It takes a series of still photos and turns them into a GIF showing each step. I love it for looking at my own house project before and afters, but also for showing the different steps in a work of art (such as sketching it out, inking it, painting it, etc.).

Hyperlapse: This app offers a way to take videos for Instagram that are sped way up right off the bat, without having to use an editing tool like iMovie. The app can take up to 45 minutes of footage (assuming your phone is charged enough!) and can speed it up to 40x the original playback speed. Recently, I've mostly used iMovie as I'm still figuring out lighting and camera angles, and enjoy the extra editing ability. Hyperlapse saves time and energy, however, and produces a smoother video since it has an image stabilization algorithm to get rid of the jitters.

Boomerang: This is a "goal" app for me. I have tried it out, and it is so fun! It takes a little bit of practice to get the timing down just right, so I'm hoping I can practice with it more in the future. It takes a very quick video, and shows it as a fast and fun repeat.

Of course, the starting place is the standard camera app. The iPhone camera has come a long way in terms of quality, but the other function I use the most is to choose the "square" option prior to taking photos. This feature has saved me a lot of time cropping photos for use on Instagram! I know many people use the "live" photo feature, but I find it uses up too much space on my phone and hasn't had a lot of practical purposes.

If you’re hesitant to start a creative endeavor because of lack of resources (money, time, a subscription to Photoshop), I encourage you to see what you can get done with what you have! What free apps or resources do you use for photo & video?

- Dani

 

 

Photo in blog post main image by Jordan McQueen on Unsplash