Monday, December 29, 2014

Arabian Horse ACEO in acrylics

I haven't painting an animal aceo for ages so decided to paint this beautiful horse.  Really pleased with the final painting.  Think I will look for some more horse reference photos as I enjoyed painting this one.

Arabian Horse measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches Watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Ainslie G for the reference photo.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Rainbow Lorikeet ACEO in acrylics

I love the colours of the Rainbow Lorikeet.  This one was visiting the Honey Gem plant that is in flower at the moment in my back yard .  I managed to take a few good reference photos.

Rainbow Lorikeets are found across the northern and eastern coastal areas of Australia.  They measure 28 - 32 cm in length and weigh on average 133 grams.

Rainbow Lorikeet measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300 gsm smooth Arches Watercolour paper.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Cassowary ACEO in acrylics

I have had this one printed out for ages to print. Really pleased with how it turned out. They are a strange looking bird - I wouldn't like to come across one in the bush as they can do same serious damage with their claws.

The Cassowary is found in North Eastern Australia and the tropical forests of New Guinea.  Cassowaries are around 1.5 - 1.8 metres tall and weigh around 58.5 kilograms. They can run up to 50km/hour through dense forest!!

Cassowary measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Robyn Lovelock for the reference photo.


Bald Eagle ACEO in acrylics

I enjoyed painting this one.  I am thinking about painting a larger version as I just love the intensity of its gaze.

Bald Eagle measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches Watercolour paper.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ruby Throated Hummingbird in Acrylics


Enjoyed painting this one - everything just seems to work.
The Ruby Throated Hummingbird is the smallest bird that breeds in Eastern United States and Eastern Canada.  It measures only 7 - 9 cm in length and weighs between 2 - 6 grams.  
Ruby Throated Hummingbird measures 8 x 10 inches and is painted on Fredrix Archival Watercolour Canvas Board.
Many thanks to Rodney Campbell for the reference photo.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pink Rose ACEO in acrylics

Pink Rose measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Red Cardinal ACEO in acrylics

I love the red plumage of these birds - just a bit tricky to paint but I got there in the end.

The Northern Cardinal is a rather large, long tailed songbird and is found Northern America.  They
measure 21 - 23 cm in length and weigh between 42 - 48 grams.

Red Cardinal measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm Arches smooth watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Lisa J Johnson for the reference photo.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Lakeside Tree in acrylics

Lakeside Tree measure 8 x 6 inches and is painted on Raymar Canvas Panel.
Many thanks to Anita Johnston for the reference photo.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Red Backed Fairy Wren ACEO in Acrylics

Also on my walk on Sunday, I  came across some Red Backed Fairy Wren's.  This little female sat for a while so I managed to take a few photos of her before she flew off.  I just love the position she is perched on the  branch.  Really pleased with the painting.

Red Backed Fairy Wren's are found in North and East Australia.  They are the smallest of the fairy wrens measuring  between 9 - 13 cm's of which 6 cm's is their tail.  They weigh on average 8 grams.

Red Backed Fairy Wren (Female) measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches Watercolour paper.


Sacred Kingfisher ACEO in Acrylics

The other day when driving,   two birds nearly flew into my car near the one lake in my area - fortunately they swerved in time.  I managed to see their colouring out the corner of my eye and they looked like sacred kingfishers.

I didn't realise they were in my area so on Sunday I went for a walk looking for birds.  I was really lucky -  I saw a bit of blue in a tree and zoomed in (thank goodness for 50x zoom cameras)  and it was the sacred kingfisher - I was so excited to see it and managed to take a few shots. 

Fortunately the one photo was good enough to use as a reference.

Sacred Kingfishers are a medium size kingfisher found throughout the coastal areas of mainland Australia and parts of Tasmania.  They are also found on islands from Australasia to Indonesia and New Zealand.  They measure 19 - 24 cm in length and weigh on average 45 grams.

Sacred Kingfisher measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches Watercolour paper.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Ruby Crowned Kinglet in acrylics

I love how this little guy  is perched on the branch. 

The Ruby Crowned Kinglet is found in  North America.  They are a tiny bird measuring only 9 - 11 cm in length and weight between 5 - 10 grams.  An interesting fact about this bird is that they can lay up to 12 eggs!! An entire clutch of eggs can weigh as much as the female. 

Ruby Crowned Kinglet measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Raymar feather lite canvas panel.

Many thanks to Nigel for the reference photo.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Here's another in my garden series:

ACEOs (2.5x3.5") - pen and wash (watercolor) on vintage handwritten (1887) ledger paper.

This time it's a old porch with pumpkin and stunning autumn foliage.

Can be seen online on eBay

artistjillian - Jillian Crider. Art journal, urban sketchbook style. Original.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Why not order your own SFA fine art prints? Now available ...

After initially opening a store on ImageKind in 2008, I'm now revitalizing this. My art has never been available as prints like this anywhere else. I think it's time to resurface.


ImageKind is a 'print-on-demand' online store where my art is on file so that you can choose what artwork YOU want - be it a simple, inexpensive, quality art print on paper, all the way up to framed and matted art that is perfect for where you choose to display it.

ImageKind has been around for quite a while (mid 2000s I think - a CafePress Division), and comes with extensive experience and professional help for online buyers.

Thank you for your support of my art.

Click HERE for my ImageKind Store.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

10th in an art series - ACEO (SFA) "gardens" Birdhouses. Pen & wash.

Original painting - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - SFA - Small Format Art (Any artwork not over 14"). "Birdy Condo"

"Original unique artwork. I love and collect old papers, but there are so many wonderful things to do with them. This is a genuine 1887 handwritten ledger page, backed with acid-free cardstock. Some of the original handwriting appears on the vintage paper.

On top I've done some pen and wash paintings/sketches from my photos of gardens and other delights.

A weathered birdhouse condominium-style by the Oregon coast. A scattering of pink roses trailing over the sides of it. I don't know if birds like to live condo-style, but it sure looks great in the garden with salt-weathered wood.

I've used white gesso under some of the painting - as this helps to make the colors 'pop' a little more. This is the same type of sketching used in art journals, urban sketches, and travel diaries.

P.S. For locals that may like to guess. This is in Charleston, OR.
Hope you enjoy these as much as I have in discovering these wonderful gardens, and creating these little paintings."

Listed on eBay:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A new ACEO (2.5x3.5"), SFA - a fall garden with pumpkin & birdhouses on a porch.

My 2nd to last listing for this month, on eBay. ACEO (2.5x3.5") original painting pumpkin fall garden porch birdhouse ink watercolor CRIDER on eBay.

Pen & wash, art journal style sketch/painting. Porch is a historic early 1800s house in the Rogue Valley, Oregon.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Latest ACEO (2.5x3.5") - SFA - pen & wash lighthouse on vintage paper.

This is a pen and wash (watercolor) sketch/painting done on top of vintage ledger paper from 1887. 8th in a 'garden' series.

My latest original, unique artwork. I love and collect old papers, but there are so many wonderful things to do with them. This is a genuine old paper is backed with acid-free cardstock. Some of the original handwriting appears on the vintage paper.

On top is art created from my study photos of gardens and other delights.

Not too many people don't like lighthouses, and those in Oregon are a treat. Often visited, photographed, and rendered in paints, inks, and pencils. This is the Coquille River Light in Bandon, southern Oregon. A favorite with so many. And while, not typically a 'garden' scene, shows the summer garden of wildflowers growing on the cliffs/rocks, by the lighthouse. Showing us that nature's beauty can show up anywhere.

I've used white gesso under some of the painting - as this helps to make the colors 'pop' a little more. This is the same type of sketching used in art journals, urban sketches, and travel diaries.

Listed on eBay here ...

Thank you for looking, and hope you enjoy my work.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Latest SFA - ACEO - pen & wash on old ledger paper (1887)

This is a genuine 1887 handwritten ledger page, backed with acid-free cardstock.
Some of the original handwriting appears on the vintage paper.

On top I've done some pen and wash paintings/sketches from my photos of gardens and other delights. It's an ACEO - 2.5x3.5" - collectible art trading card size. Done in pen & wash - art journal, sketchbook style.

Sometimes a friend just lets you loose in their garden. This was what happened with Connie's garden. A much loved and carefree garden full of delightful old treasures and critters. A venture of discovery. Light and shadow. A great old wheelbarrow here, with rusty watering can. Overflowing with bright red geraniums.

I've used white gesso under some of the painting - as this helps to make the colors 'pop' a little more.
This is the same type of sketching used in art journals, urban sketches, and travel diaries.

Listed on eBay:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Another new ACEO - SFA artwork from me. Pen and wash on vintage handwritten ledger paper.

When does a house become a home?

I think it's when you can see how much an owner loves their own house.

Beyond the white picket fence ... this house, shows it with the 'little' version of their house turned into a birdhouse, outside their living room window.

Pen and wash (watercolor) ACEO 2.5x3.5" on vintage handwritten ledger paper (1887).

Listed on eBay:

Monday, October 6, 2014

New SFA - ACEO painting - Fall / Halloween pumpkins. Pen and Wash.

My 5th in my new series. ACEO (2.5x3.5") pen and wash (watercolor) sketch/painting on vintage (1887) old ledger paper. "Fall Shadows" - those beautiful sunny days, but with evening shadows creeping in on all the fall loveliness, as it did with these pumpkins on a very seasonally dressed doorstep.

Available on eBay. 

Such a great fall scene. Artist: Jillian Crider. Art journal sketchbook style.

SFA - an ACEO from me. Pen & wash garden scene on old ledger paper.

A new ACEO (2.5x3.5") - SFA - by me and just listed on eBay. "Living High" - an elegant birdhouse in a lovely house's garden.

This elegant birdhouse is probably 'high living' for most birds, but birds also need 'living high' to stay out of harm's way.

On eBay: my original pen and wash (ink and watercolor) on vintage 1887 hand-written ledger paper. Backed with card stock.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

3rd ACEO (SFA) painting in garden series. Pen & wash on top old ledger paper.

This is my third in my new garden series ACEO (2.5x3.5") pen and wash (ink and watercolor) sketch/paintings.

Topped with some white gesso, this little pleasant garden scene with birdhouse "Bird Station" - making a very pleasant garden vista, all on top of an old ledger paper from 1887 - some of the old original handwriting can still be seen. I love gardens that have other elements in them. This had an old weathered wooden stool, and a rusty enamel bowl on top. Set in the basin was a birdhouse. Behind it, the building's porch, overflowing with an abundance of blood-red roses, with irises and leafy plants in front. It certainly caught my eye.

Listed on eBay HERE:

This ACEO is my one of my latest Small Format Artworks. Garden series.

This is the 2nd ACEO (2.5x3.5" - collectible art card size) - SFA, Small Format Art - from me in a series I am doing. Pen and wash - journal-style - watercolor with ink. This is an eye-catching window box of red geraniums putting on their spring-time show on a ledge in front of a divided window on a cedar shake house, that sports dual-panel shutters to complete the 'look'. Painted onto a handwritten ledger paper from 1887, and backed with cardstock.

Now on eBay - find it here ... - Jillian Crider 'artistjillian' - Thank you for looking. More coming soon ... I'm doing a 'series' - I am putting my studies of local gardens to good use! :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Old Woman feeding Chickens ~ Original Aceo Painting

Old Woman Feeding Chickens Aceo Painting

Acrylic Painting 2.5 x 3.5 inch



Price: 9.99  with FREE shipping


Saturday, September 20, 2014

A new ACEO (SFA) - a new series - gardens and flowers, unique original painting.

A new ACEO from me. (3.5x2.5") SFA. Original watercolor painting. Pen & wash journal-style garden arbor with Chinese lantern on a handwritten ledger paper from 1887. Beautiful back-lit garden.

Now on eBay - find it here ... - Jillian Crider 'artistjillian' - Thank you for looking. Look for some more - I'm doing a 'series'.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

ACEO / ATC backgrounds - digital download - French typography vintage advertising ephemera.

Today's new digital download sheet in my Dreamy Papers Etsy store ...

Naked ACEO ATC French backgrounds digital collage sheets instant download art - great for jewelry display cards by DreamyPapers on Etsy. by DreamyPapers, $3.50 Naked because they have nothing added - just scanned typography - mostly from Paris businesses. Vintage advertising art. Cards, tags, collage and altered art, or for art journals. Great ephemera. Probably from the 1800s.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Seascape - new miniature SFA painting - watercolor dinghy.

MINIATURE: Original watercolor painting. "Drifting" 1:12 scale. 2x1.5" A peaceful and beautiful colored scene of a tethered dinghy in a marina with gentle reflections. I painted it for the peaceful scene. But ended up loving it for the colors. A great addition to a room box, dollhouse, miniature display or even framed for your walls in a SFA collection.
Artist: Jillian Crider.  - currently on sale on eBay. Check out my other items, too. Other miniatures.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This has been tucked away, but I finally got my act together to list it on eBay. "Old Station Cat" has quite a story to tell.
The subject is a very elderly and scruffy cat that investigated me while taking photos of his home. An old country railway station that is now converted into a home, but with a lot of old station features, like a ticket office and more.
I painted him in quite fine detail, in acrylics. It was my first foray into painting 'miniature' according to specifications from the Australian Society of Miniature Artists. The painting is 4"x 3" approximately - now much larger than the miniatures I usually do. It was ultimately selected to tour galleries in Europe (Germany), United Kingdom, and Australia. So it went on quite a journey, lasting well over a year. No sooner had it returned to me, than it moved with me to the U.S.A and has been shown in a few galleries - both east coast (Georgia) and west coast (Oregon). But it has mainly been tucked away. Because it is the only one of this kind, and didn't really 'go' with others I was exhibiting.
So, here it is, listed on eBay, as it's looking for a good home.
More details on the listing. Thank you for looking.

10 more miniature (dollhouse / 1:12 scale) original paintings.

I'm doing an archive of all my art (no easy task). Currently working on my dollhouse miniatures. I'm up to page 4.
This is a link to this page on my 'artistjillian' website:
Graphic shown above is a pictorial summary of the 10 original paintings on that page. The page includes painting details. All are 1:12 scale.
Some of these were done for themed work for miniature enthusiasts (Paris/Tuscany) specifically for their dollhouses/room boxes.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

SFA - Tiny miniature painting original watercolor - tea party - traditional English style.

This painting is 2" x 1.5" approximately, and an original watercolor painting. One of my favorite subjects and past times. "It's a tradition - scones, jam, cream and tea." Would look lovely in any dollhouse or miniature setting, such as a room box - such as a tea room or cafe, especially English inspired. It's currently available on eBay:

SFA - miniature artwork - roses, framed, suitable for dollhouses.

Many of my paintings are miniature, and, as such, they can go 'missing' easily. This one, a watercolor, "North Adelaide Roses" has been out of sight and out of mind for quite some years.
I'm now offering it for sale on eBay:
It would fit nicely into any dollhouse or miniature room box setting.
1:12 scale, sold framed, size of art is approximately 1.75 x 1.5". There are lots of tiny details in this work.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Comment on my post for this on Facebook to be in drawing for this book. It's flawed on covers to where I don't want to sell it. So I'll give it away. Comment by 9am PDT Monday, August 11th, to be in the draw. A great how-to book on folk art roses of all kinds.

Read my description in the post, to make sure you know the details of it. Thanks. Good luck!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Unique paper supplies for collage art works and crafts.

Although I've sold well over 20 of these, I finally got around to making up some more. They are selling fast. 4 out of the 5 I made have now sold, but I'll be making and listing more in the next few days. So check my Etsy store.
See my "Dreamy Papers" store on Etsy HERE.
Most of the papers are over 100 years old. The images are old ones, too. All are OOAK, unique. These are wonderfully inspiring for projects that may need paper to be incorporated in them. I know how long it took me to collect the papers, images, and tools to make all these, so understand that sometimes your creative project is delayed while you accumulate what you need.
With these grab bags you have inspiration and supplies at hand - ready to go.

Use for ACEOs, collages, art journals, scrapbooking, greeting card creations, tags, project life projects, ATCs, altered art, altered bottles, altered tins, canvas art, artwork, and much more.
See the description for more information in my Etsy store.

I even have this very simple sample showing how one might use some of the shapes in these packages (shapes vary with, and in, EACH package), all are OOAK, unique:

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Fairy Wings Tutorial

For those of you who have been asking, I've release a fairy wings painting tutorial. It's available in my Etsy store for only $5.99.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"Abundance" watercolor painting 14x11" wins Quarterly award SOSA.

"Abundance" is my latest watercolor painting. It's a SFA (Small Format Art) - 14x11". A fairly intense work, covering a couple of weeks.

The scene is a typical Rogue Valley view. Eagle Point, to be exact. Showing the abundance of the area. It's as if one is peeking through blackberry and other bushes at the landscape beyond, that includes two grazing horses. The colors are typical summer golds, mixed with rich greens.

Monday night (last night) I attended the SOSA meeting and submitted this painting to be judged at their quarterly critique. To my surprise and delight I was one of the 6 quarterly award winners, making my work eligible for the end of year show for SOSA. The judge was very kind with her comments, and I am grateful.

It was lovely to find that others appreciated my work.

SFA - 5x7" recent Plein Air painting sold in gallery exhibition, July.

In June (on Flag Day) I went to a Plein Air/Watercolor paint-out at Historic Hanley Farm, in Jacksonville. I was motivated to do this pen and wash of the front of the old house - it was all decked out for the occasion, and for the up-coming 4th of July.

I had just been accepted as an artist in the "Art Presence Art Center" in Jacksonville (museum grounds), and so planned to frame it and put it in their July "Red, White, and Blue" exhibition.

I ended up with about 16 paintings in the exhibition, and included 4 of my miniature watercolors, along with a large magnifying glass so that the details in these paintings could be enjoyed.

Being a "Co-Op" gallery, I was doing my turn to tend the gallery one Saturday, and a gentleman came in and purchased this artwork. It was a lovely surprise!

It's a SFA (Small Format Art), 7x5".

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The stories behind my art - Page 3 - #021 - 030 'dollhouse' 1:12 scale miniature original paintings.

Some initial glitches but now up and running in correct place. This is Page 3 - where I am starting to put up inventory and stories behind my artworks.
This is page 3 of my 1:12 scale dollhouse miniature paintings.

Again, you can see where my heart is - garden/old things, beach/ocean/sunsets, the art of the human body studies, and patriotic American studies for a 4th July special exhibition.

June 2014: Jillian's Solo Art Show (mostly SFA artworks) @ Cliff Creek Cellars, Gold Hill, Oregon.

June 2014: - Solo exhibition Cliff Creek Cellars Tasting Room / Gallery
Contact Cliff Creek for times/details:

A little late on posting this, but had some health issues in our household.
Hope you can get time to go visit.

NOT SHOWN: 4 miniatures (3 were prize winners - CO, and PA) + 1 large watercolor that was juried into Watercolor Society of Oregon fall show 2010.
Thank you for your support of my art endeavors.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

SFA watercolor Shriner clown (ACEO - 2.5x3.5")

I have always loved my clown series, but it's been several years since I have done one. I decided that it fitted a theme on guys faces for the month of June. I love letting their personalities shine on through, without being overwhelmed by their costumes. The hair on this one presented a challenge, but loved that about doing this one.

I've titled this "Red, White, and Never Blue". By artist, Jillian Crider (artistjillian)

It's transparent watercolor. ACEO size (2.5x3.5").

These clowns were in Marietta, Georgia at a Shriner's Circus around 2007. I got to hang out with them before the show, and they were just so really wonderful. Please support the Shriners. they do wonderful work, and with lots and lots of heart.
Listed on eBay:

Saturday, April 26, 2014

OK. Page 2 - my 'new' website is up and running in its correct place. Starting to put up inventory and stories behind my artworks.
This is page 2 of my 1:12 scale dollhouse miniatures.
You can see where my heart is. - Animals (dogs), gardens/old things, beach/ocean/sunsets, and houses, particularly old ones, both these are heritage homes. The first had animals (cats), birdlife, beaches, flowers/gardens, old things (buildings) and beaches. 

Original 'dollhouse' miniature original paintings (1:12 scale).

I am getting my art together, along with the stories behind the paintings. This is the first page - numbers 1-10 of my miniature paintings in 1:12 scale - meant primarily for dollhouses, roomboxes, etc.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Just listed these cute bunnies on ebay. I really tried to push the colors on this one and make them pop. The scan is a bit washed out but I took a photo with my phone to show off the gold and the colors look more true to life in that.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

New ACEO - out of their element

Here's a cute painting of a little mercat with a friend perched on his head. I love painting shells and water! I wanted the octopus to look cute without looking too goofy, and I think I accomplished that!
Just posted in my Etsy store - take a look!


Social media self-promotion tips for the artist - Instagram tutorial

As many who sell their own artwork will tell you, the hardest part is the time you spend promoting yourself. These days there is just so much good artwork out there you have to work hard to get noticed! Here's a little social media "trick" I use to make sure I post often, efficiently, and keep my audience engaged. You need to have a mobile device to do this - I use an iPod touch. My secret weapon? The Typic app!

To use this app effectively, you need to have an Instagram account, and an account on another social media site, preferably more than one. Remember, the more your work is out there, the better! I also have a Facebook and Twitter account. 

First, go to the app store on your device and download an app called Typic. This app is free, but you can upgrade it with different fonts, frames, etc for a small fee if you want. You don't need all the bells and whistles to get started. You will also need the Instagram app installed, plus accounts for any other social media sites you belong too. 

Open your Typic app, and choose a photo you'd like to promote. You can choose a photo from your camera roll, or you have the option of taking a picture from within the app. This is useful if you want to post "work in progress" (wip) photos quickly. I find posting wip photos gets my audience excited, creating a buzz as they wait for each new installment.

There are three options at the bottom, take a picture, choose from your camera roll, or scale and crop. Here I've chosen a picture from my camera roll. (These are all screen shots right from my iPod.)

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The icons here mean take a picture, use a picture from your camera roll, and scale and crop.

Once you have your photo chosen, there are several different options to edit it. You can crop your photo, or add a frame. You can add text or a symbol. Just scroll from left to right at the bottom to choose different options. I like to be playful with this. I always add "wip" to the upper corner if I'm working on a painting, and my copyright notice. You can also add a quote, or a cute symbol. (Instagram uses a square format. You don't have to resize your pictures to a square if you don't want to.)

Here you can see after selecting drag and resize, I've cropped my photo. You can leave it as is but if your picture is not square, you will have space on the sides. When you're done tap the check mark and scroll to the right for more options. 
Once your photo is cropped, framed, and had text and/or symbols added to it, it's time to post it online. As you scroll across your options at the bottom (and you can always scroll back to change anything you want), the last frame is "Share your Typic!" Tap on the last option to the right, Instagram. 

Here you can see I've added a green frame, and some text. There are different fonts to choose, also symbols like stars.

After a few seconds, two options will scroll up. Select "Open in Instagram."

This will open your lovely creation in your Instagram app, where there are even more options to edit your photo. I don't bother with these, but you can get as fancy as you want. Click "next" in the upper right corner and make sure you're on the "share to followers" tab as shown here. The default text that pops up is "Made with #typic @typicofficial." Click at the end of this sentence, backspace to remove it, and add your own text. 

Part of your text should be hashtags. Not too many, and make them count. I've noticed people on Instagram tend to go overboard with the hashtags, but you really don't need more than a few carefully chosen words. You can find out what's trending online and use some of those if you wish. For example here I used "ACEO," "cat" (cat is very popular!), "SFA," and painting. 

When your message is complete to your satisfaction, click off the options below to choose your social media sites. As you can see, you can post on Instagram AND four other sites at the same time! I've highlighted Facebook and Twitter here. Click share at the bottom and you're done.

That's all there is to it! It seems like a lot of work but once you've got the hang of it it takes no time at all, and you can post multiple images throughout the day, edited with witty comments and dressed up with neat design elements. I think it's fun, and it makes twitter less of a chore! I especially like to keep my iPod beside me when I'm painting, that way I can post a quick WIP picture throughout the process. The only hard part - building your followers. If you're interested, check out my Instagram account for ideas!