Shallow Water - Crabs and Shrimps

Step-by-step how to create beautiful Japanese ink paintings

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Some living creatures, like shrimps and crabs, may not look as sophisticated, or as beautiful as other animals. Our challenge in these lessons is to find and bring out the beauty and quality that is within them.

In this course, you will learn to translate the shapes and form of these creatures into brush strokes to create a finished painting. The first section of this ink painting course focuses on step-by-step learning of how to paint shrimps and crabs in their natural surroundings, creating your first composition in black ink. While the second section of the course provides opportunity to experiment with using colour to paint dragon shrimps and larger crabs.

You will also learn to paint water plants, water pebbles and clam shells to accompany your shrimps and crabs.


✥ Learn how to prepare your workspace

✥ Learn how to hold the brush and make your own ink

✥ Exercise the brush to make fluent lines

✥ Learn step-by-step how to paint small and larger shrimps

Add water plants to your composition

✥ Learn step-by-step how to paint small and larger crabs

Add clam shells and watermarks to your composition

Learn to paint playful crabs

✥ Create your very own beautiful ink and colour paintings

✥ Deepen your experience of the meditative nature of ink painting


✥ Tools and materials check-list

✥ Downloadable PDF worksheet to accompany each lesson

✥ Additional compositions for you to practice in your own time

Upon completion of your lesson you will achieve at least two new composition of shrimps and crabs. You will become more confident using the Japanese ink and watercolour. You will further your understanding of this practice, and discover an open gate to further your own creative journey.


✥ You want to learn how to paint shrimps and crabs using traditional Japanese brushes, ink, colour and paper.

✥ You may not have previous experience, but are excited to explore and learn a new way of painting.

✥ You love the way of Japanese ink painting and wish to practice further, explore and develop your skills and abilities.


  Outro to your course and extra compositions
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Your instructor


Talia is an artist, a practitioner and a teacher of traditional Japanese ink painting. Following years of teaching, her love and passion for this artistic medium has now prompted her to create ArtBrush - online school for the studies of Japanese ink painting. The school is designed for students of all levels, from around the world, who are excited to learn, explore and discover the joy of ink painting and its many facets.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I access the course for ?
How does lifetime access sound? As long as ArtBrush is live online, after enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
I am a complete beginner, is this for me?
Yes! The course is designed with beginners and intermediate students in mind, as well as, those who are keen to deepen their knowledge of the field. There are many step-by-step videos that are perfect for anyone just getting started. No previous experience in art or ink painting is required. The course is for mixed-level abilities.
I am a professional artist, is this for me?
Absolutely! Many professional artists and designers have been studying with Talia and have benefited from the Japanese art and practice aesthetics. The courses offer new ways of observing nature and understanding painting composition and space in a way unique to Japanese ink painting.
Would I need any special tools and materials?
Yes! Please view the short 'check list' video and PDF for help in setting up your workspace and for preparing your tool-set for the courses. You can choose from a selection of three comprehensive sets of tools and materials available via ArtBrush. You can do this via the school on: These sets were all made in Japan and curated by Talia for the school. Each set is of high quality and designed to last a lifetime. Expect up to 2 weeks for delivery, local taxes are not included. Alternatively, depending upon where you are based around the globe, you may get individual tools and materials at your local Japanese/Chinese art supply shop or at some general art supply shops. You can also find online a variety of budget sets. Once you learn and understand about your toolkit, you will be able to easily sort out what you need.
What if I wish to cancel?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unhappy with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How can I get help or ask more questions?
At any time, our team will help you at [email protected]
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How do I enrol on a course?
To enrol on one of the ArtBrush courses, simply scroll to the bottom of this page, and complete your purchase using your desired payment plan. Ensure you use the correct email address, and your purchase details will be sent to you.

Very detailed and informative course ! I have always been an admirer of Asian traditional painting and this course provided me of an insider's look of this magic world. With the help of Talia and the ARTBRUSH online courses, I have managed to learn, exercise and master special brushwork techniques otherwise unaccesible to me. I also got an overall understanding of the aesthetics around this beautiful world of ink painting.

I totally recommend this!

Olympia T. Artist & Writer

As a beginner in Japanese Ink Painting, Talia's approach to teaching made me feel completely comfortable. I have learnt so much about the history, processes and application of Ink Painting and cannot wait to continue pursuing my newfound skill set even further. I would recommend ArtBrush to everyone, no matter of capability, it's a truly unique school which allows for dedicated and encouraging learning.

Holly G. Artist

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