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Are you an artist? Are you using specific and targeted hashtags for artists? If not, this post will go through everything you need to know about hashtags.

We all know the power of social media. It goes all the way from building connections, marketing, and selling. With over 1 billion users per month, Instagram is an important tool for artists and a great place to display your art. Knowing how to work with Instagram hashtags will increase your art community and increase sales. I can tell you that 90% of my big sales came from people who saw my art on Instagram and contact me to customize artwork for them.

Now, how to reach new people on Instagram? How to gain traffic to your account?
There’re plenty of ways including engaging with accounts (like+ comment on their photos), follow and unfollow (doesn’t really work, I don’t recommend doing this), collaborations, buy followers (also not helpful), get your work featured on large pages (great way but can be expensive), and hashtags. 

The most helpful ways are featuring, collaborating, engaging, and hashtags. 
Hashtags are an easy and important tool in order to get your art noticed on social media, especially on Instagram.  

Why hashtags are so important?

  •  You can follow hashtags just like you follow people- if you tag “#artwork” (this hashtag has more than 124 Million posts), there’s a chance a person who follows “artwork” will see your post on their homepage even though they don’t follow you. If they like the post, they can like, comment, and follow you. 
  • Brands, companies, featuring pages look for artists using hashtags. They will look into “#oilpainter” and look at the most popular posts. If they like your content, they may offer you to work with them, get featured, and even buy your work.
  • Hashtags are an important tool to get discovered by new audiences. If your post reaches the top 9 posts, there’s a high chance you’ll get more engagement, more followers, and even sales. 
  • As I wrote earlier, hashtags can help to increase your followers and engagement in a few other strategies. Some featuring pages have their own hashtags, if you’re using them, there’s a chance they will repost your art. For engagement, you want to engage with people that are likely to engage and follow you in the future. A great way is to go to a targeted hashtag and engage with the recent posts/ the people who engage with the top posts. That’s a great way to see who is already interested in this content and who has a greater chance to follow you

Few things to remember:

  • If you have a private account, your hashtags won’t show on the hashtag page. 
  • You can use 30 hashtags on your post, and 10 on stories.
  • You can only add hashtags to your posts, not others.
  • Some hashtags work best for one account but will not work for you. Each account is different, and you need to try until you find the hashtags that work best for your account. 
  • You need to use different hashtags on your posts. Don’t use the same set every post. If you can use 30 hashtags, have a list of 100 and choose the most suitable for your specific post.

How to find the best hashtags for artists?

  1. Don’t use big hashtags– there’re plenty of HUGE hashtags in the art niche such as “#art” (this one has 736M posts) and people constantly using it. Which means there’s a high competition on being display at the top posts. Especially when you’re starting out you want to use targeted hashtags such as #toilpainterartist (54K). This means you have a greater chance to be at the top 9 posts and being shown for people who follow this hashtag. 
  2. Go to your favorite art accounts (those who in your niche) and look at what hashtags they use. Try them and see what works for you as well.
  3.  Use best-hastags.com– this is one of the free hashtags websites and I love it. When you search for a hashtag, you get the 30 most popular Instagram hashtags. Then you’ll get the 30 seconds most popular hashtags, and when you scroll down you get related hashtags for the specific hashtag you looked for. It can give you a great sense of what you should use. 
  4. Pay for hashtag generator. Personally, I don’t think it’s a great option, especially in the beginning. It’s great when you have a big account and you’re looking for an analyzing and quicker way to reach the perfect hashtags for you. They’re pretty expensive and I believe you can do it on your own, it just takes longer to find out what works best for you. 

Now before we start, let’s connect on Instagram! DM me and I’ll follow you back! 

Pro tip- choose 15 small hashtags (less than 100K), 10 medium hashtags (100K-1M), and 5 huge hashtags (+1M). 

Are you ready? Check out the +300 hashtags for artists below and copy the ones most suitable for you!

Instagram Hashtags for any Artwork:

  1. #art
  2. #artaccount
  3. #artist
  4. #artsy
  5. #arts
  6. #artlife
  7. #artcollector
  8. #artofvisuals
  9. #artofinstagram
  10. #artdiscover
  11. #artistic
  12. #workinprocess
  13. #artforsale
  14. #artoninstagram
  15. #localart
  16. #localartist
  17. #coolart
  18. #newart
  19. #artwork
  20. #artisfun
  21. #workprocess
  22. #artcommunity
  23. #myart
  24. #artlover
  25. #artinspiration
  26. #artoftheday
  27. #artgallery
  28. #greatart
  29. #sharingart
  30. #lookforart
  31. #newartwork
  32. #worldofartists
  33. #igart
  34. #art_collective
  35. #artists
  36. #artcollective
  37. #artistsupport
  38. #artsupport
  39. #createart
  40. #artpost
  41. #artjourney
  42. #Instaart
  43. #artisthelp
  44. #selftaughtartist
  45. #artstyle
  46. #artstudio
  47. #femaleartist
  48. #artblog
  49. #artaddict
  50. #arttheraphy
  51. #modernart
  52. #createart
  53. #createdaily
Hashtags for artists- "About Innocence"

Instagram Hashtags for Drawing:

  1. #drawing
  2. #draw
  3. #drawings
  4. #drawingaday
  5. #drawingpen
  6. #drawingart
  7. #drawingoftheday
  8. #drawingskills
  9. #drawingpencil
  10. #drawingdaily
  11. #drawingstyle
  12. #drawingsofinstagram
  13. #drawstagram
  14. #drawsagram
  15. #instadraw
  16. #instadraws
  17. #drawsomething
  18. #drawingtime
  19. #drawingbyme
  20. #drawingpractice
  21. #drawingeveryday
  22. #drawingfromlife
  23. #drawdaily
  24. #drawart
  25. #drawingstuff
  26. #realisticdrawing
  27. #drawingtutorial
  28. #lovedrawing
  29. #drawstyle
  30. #drawingforsale
  31. #drawingsketch
  32. #mydrawing
  33. #alwaysdrawing

Hashtags for Painters:

  1. #painting
  2. #painter
  3. #abstractpainting
  4. #absrtactpainter
  5. #realisticpainting
  6. #abstractart
  7. #realisticart
  8. #mixedmediaart
  9. #mixedmedia
  10. #mixedmediaartist
  11. #paintingprocess

Oil Paint-

  1. #oilpaint
  2. #oilpainting
  3. #oils
  4. #oilpaintngoncanvas
  5. #oilpainter
  6. #oilcolor
  7. #oilcolors
  8. #oilart
  9. #oilpaintingart
  10. #oilpaintingsforsale
  11. #oilpaintingportait
  12. #paintoil
  13. #oilpaintingartist
  14. #oilpaintingworkshop
  15. #oilpaintersofinstagram
  16. #paintinginprogress
  17. #oilpaintingtechniques
  18. #oilpaintersofamerica
  19. #oilpaintingstudy
  20. #oilpaintart
  21. #oilpaintingprocess

Acrylic-

  1. #acrylic
  2. #acrylicpaint
  3. #acrilicpainting
  4. #acrylicpainter
  5. #acrylicabstract
  6. #acrylicartist
  7. #acrylicartists
  8. #acrylicartwork
  9. #acrylicpaints
  10. #acrylicpaintingoncanvas
  11. #acrylicsoncanvas
  12. #acrylicportrait
  13. #acrylicink
  14. #acrylicflow
  15. #acrylicart
  16. #acrylicarts
  17. #acrylicpaintingart
  18. #acrylicpaintingartist
  19. #fluidacrylicart
  20. #fluidacrylicpainting
  21. #acryliconcanvas
  22. #acrylicpour
  23. #acrylicpouring

Watercolors-

  1. #watercolors
  2. #watercolordrawing
  3. #watercolordaily
  4. #watercolor_art
  5. #watercolor_guide
  6. #watercoloroftheday
  7. #watercolors
  8. #watercolor_daily
  9. #watercolorpalette
  10. #watercolor_gallery
  11. #watercolorpaint
  12. #watercolorpainting
  13. #watercoloring
  14. #watercolorpaper
  15. #watercolorpainter
  16. #watercolorartist
  17. #watercolor_painting
  18. #watercolorart
  19. #watercolorillustration
  20. #watercolorsketch
  21. #watercolorillustrations
  22. #watercolorsketchbook
  23. #watercolorbeginner
  24. #watercolorlandscape
  25. #watercolorpractice
  26. #watercolorlove
  27. #watercolorstudy
  28. #watercolorstyle
  29. #inspiringwatercolors
  30. #aquarelleart
  31. #watercolorartwork
  32. #artwatercolor
  33. #watercolorinspiration
  34. #instawatercolor
  35. #instawatercolour
  36. #ilovewatercolor

Pastles-

  1. #pastel
  2. #pastelart
  3. ##oilpastel
  4. #oilpastelsart
  5. #oilpastelpainting
  6. #oilpasteldrawing
  7. #pastelstyle
  8. #pasteloil
  9. #softpastel
  10. #pastelartist
  11. #pasteldrawing
  12. #pastelartwork
  13. #pastelpainting
  14. #pastelsketch
  15. #pastelpencil
  16. instapastel

Hashtags for Sketches:

  1. #sketch
  2. #sketching
  3. #sketchartist
  4. #sketchartists
  5. #sketchbook
  6. #sketchbookart
  7. #sketchbookpage
  8. #sketchbookdrawing
  9. #pencilsketches
  10. #sketches
  11. #sketching
  12. #sketchbooks
  13. #sketchy
  14. #sketchtattoo
  15. #sketchaday
  16. #sketch_daily
  17. #sketchdaily
  18. #sketch_dailies
  19. #sketcheveryday
  20. #sketchwalker
  21. #sketchdrawing
  22. #sketchday
  23. #sketchings
  24. #sketchart
  25. #dailysketchbook
  26. #dailysketch
  27. #dailysketches
  28. #pencilsketch
  29. #sketchesoninstagram
  30. #quicksketches
  31. #pensketches
  32. #sketchespro
  33. #inksketch
  34. #inksketches
  35. #artsketches
  36. #mysketches
  37. #sketched
  38. #sketchingart
  39. #pensketching
  40. #designssketching
  41. #pencilsketching
  42. #digitalsketching
  43. #quicksketching
  44. #peoplesketching
  45. #sketchingpeople
  46. #ilovesketching
  47. #instasketch
  48. #instasketchbook
  49. #instasketching
  50. #ilovetosketch
  51. #dailysketching
  52. #sketchingbook
  53. #sketchbookartist
  54. #sketchingeveryday
  55. #sketchgram

Hashtags for Illustrators:

  1. #illustration
  2. #illustrations
  3. #illustrating
  4. #illistrater
  5. #illustratenow
  6. #illustrates
  7. #illustratedlife
  8. #illustrationofinstagram
  9. #illustrationoftheday
  10. #illustration_daily
  11. #illustration_art
  12. #illustrationoninstagram
  13. #illustrateddiary
  14. #moreillustrations
  15. #dailyillustration
  16. #illustrateyourworld
  17. #illustratedart
  18. #illustrationaday
  19. #illustrationartist
  20. #illustrationdrawing
  21. #illustratorsofig
  22. #illustratorofinstagram
  23. #illustratoroninstagram
  24. #illustrationsketch

Hashtags for Digital Art:

  1. #digitalart
  2. #digital_art
  3. #digitalpainting
  4. #digitalpainter
  5. #digitalpaint
  6. #digitalsketch
  7. #digitalsketchbook
  8. #digitalsketching
  9. #digitalsketches
  10. #digitalpaintings
  11. #photoshopart
  12. #photoshop_art
  13. #digitalillustration
  14. #digitaldrawing
  15. #digitaldoodle
  16. #tabletart
  17. #tabletdrawing
  18. #digitalartwork
  19. #digitalartsociety

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Location-Based Hashtags:

Keep in mind that specific location hashtags are important as well, especially if you’re looking for a local community.

Examples for the Pacific Northwest:

  1. #oregonart
  2. #pnwart
  3. #pdxart
  4. #pnwartist
  5. #pdxartist
  6. #torontoartist
  7. #californiaart
  8. #californiaartist
  9. #usaart

Specific Hashtags:

Take the object you painted/drew and see relevant hashtags to this specific object. You can also add hashtags that irrelevant to art but relevant to the object (for example, #flowers #waterfall). Here’s some ideas for specific hashtags:

  1. #natureart
  2. #natureartwork
  3. #travelsketch
  4. #flowersart
  5. #flowersdrawing
  6. #landscapeart
  7. #landscapeartist
  8. #landcapepainting
  9. #landcapepainter
  10. #drawingnature
  11. #drawingpeople
  12. #spaceart
  13. #foodart

Brands Hashtags:

  1. #poscapen
  2. #posca
  3. #winsorandnewton
  4. #winsorandnewtonwatercolor
  5. #micronpens
  6. #graphitpencils
  7. #fabercastle
  8. #canson
  9. #vangogh
  10. #gamblinoilpaint
  11. #gamblin
  12. #liquitex
  13. #liquitexacrylic

Pro Tip- tag their accounts on your photo. It will show on their profile and they may see it. If they like your work the may offer you a collaboration or feature your work.

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