Creations, Feelin’ Crabby?

Feelin’ Crabby?


I usually paint crabs blue

crab canister

with a hint of turquoise, and orange claws


To make these chargers go with my crab plates I reversed the colors and made the crabs orange with just touches of blue

feelin crabby platter

To paint a crab start with a blue swirl, mixing just a touch of royal blue with turquoise

crab 1

Then top the blue swirl with an orange stroke with 2 humps.  Where the orange covers the blue a new dark is formed which will help give the crab some depth once it’s finished


Now add a swash of light yellow orange thru the center

crab #2

Next add the “arms,” 2 stacked fat strokes on each side of the body, the strokes closest to the body are larger than the top shorter strokes

crab #3

Now add 4 short strokes along the bottom for legs and a blue stroke at the top of the arm.  Start the blue stroke at the short orange arm stroke and pull towards center, curving slightly and bringing to a point.  These will be part of the main claws

crab #4

Finish claws by adding a small pointy blue stroke under the larger claw stroke

crab #5

Here’s what my palette looks like, turquoise, cobalt, black, orange, yellow orange, yellow and more orange


Black dots add the finishing touches

tip of brush handle for dots

Use the tip of the brush handle and dip it in paint.  Press down firmly to form dots and make larger dots for the “eyes”

crab #6

Watch out, he’s ready to crawl away!

crabby plate

I added a row of black dots along the inner edge of the platter for a finishing touch

feelin crabby platter

So next time you’re feelin’ crabby, get out your paint brush and get busy!


Thanks so much for going “crabbing” with me today!

Crabby Ideas

Paint crabs on a plastic or galvanized bucket to take to the beach like these Shrimp Buckets here

shrimp buckets

You can pack the buckets with utensils, napkins and everything needed for a picnic

shrimp bucket

CC was “feelin’ crabby” this week at school and made this awesome crab with her sweet little hands


Paint crabs on plain cotton napkins for summer dining.  Use textile medium with acrylic paint to make it work on fabric

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Or if you don’t feel like painting you can buy some Crabby napkins here and here

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If you want to paint on glass or ceramics, be sure to use paint especially made for glass painting, like Liquitex Glossie Acrylics.  After drying for 24 hours it is baked in the oven to cure so it won’t wash off.  Paint only the areas not used for food, such as the rims, as the paint will scratch off and is not food safe.

You can see more of my hand painted glassware at my Gallery here

crab salad plate/Home Goods

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17 Responses to “Creations, Feelin’ Crabby?”
  1. I love your crabby creativity Jenna!

  2. Candy S says:

    The crabs on the platter are so cute! They would be cute on wine glasses too! Thank you for the tutorial. CC’s little beach crab is darling with it’s googly eyes, I will assume it will be pinned to the refrigerator. I am working on an idea for creating crab place mats (amongst many other ideas I am working on that may or may not get done). Have a wonderful weekend….. Candy

  3. Jodi says:

    super crabby cuteness!

  4. Lynn says:

    Very cute! I like the way your platter turned out-enjoy:@)

  5. Mary says:

    Your row of black dots on your chargers really makes your design pop Jenna! Thanks for the tutorial 🙂

  6. Wow! You paint! And sea things! I am speechless. I am also a huge fan of anything at all that has to do with sea life, and am absolutely in love with what you have done here. Painting is not my strong suit, and that is putting it lightly. You make it look so easy, but I’m sure that I could prove you wrong. I love the color combination, the crab itself, the platter, well, just everything!

    • thanks Pattie, you are too funny! My painting style is very loose as you can see, you really can’t mess it up! >

      • I tend to make loose and carefree look stiff and uptight, still, I may try this. The colors are just gorgeous and I’ve been wanting to do a table in this combination. I’m now an email subscriber. I don’t want to miss a thing! 🙂

  7. That is just too darn cute!! Love the bright colors too

  8. 24cottonwoodlane says:

    These are so dang adorable! I love that you gave a tutorial since I’m artistically challenged. I’d like to include this tutorial in next week features with a link back to you. Hope that’s ok 🙂

  9. JESS44903 says:

    You’re so creative! How neat!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  10. Marigene says:

    Wow, those are adorable. You are so darned talented, Jenna! I think I am somewhat lacking when it comes to anything artistic.
    Have a wonderful week.

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