Fearless Friday, Crabs

Feelin’ Crabby?


Let’s paint some crabs today!

You can paint them blue with orange claws…

Or orange with blue claws

feelin crabby platter thepaintedapron.com

To paint a crab start with a curved blue stroke,

mixing just a touch of royal blue with turquoise

crab 1 thepaintedapron.com

Then top the blue stroke 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 yellow orange thru the center

crab #2 thepaintedapron.com

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 thepaintedapron.com

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 top of the short orange arm stroke

and stroke to the right for the left claw,

and stroking to the left for the right claw,

curving the strokes slightly and bringing to a point

These will be part of the main claws

crab #4 thepaintedapron.com

Finish claws by adding a small pointy blue stroke

under the larger claw stroke

crab #5 thepaintedapron.com

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 thepaintedapron.com

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”

using a bigger brush handle tip

crab #6 thepaintedapron.com

Watch out, he’s ready to crawl away!

crabby plate thepaintedapron.com

I added a row of black dots along the inner edge

of the platter for a finishing touch

feelin crabby platter thepaintedapron.com

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 thepaintedapron.com

You can also pack small individual buckets with utensils,

napkins and everything needed for a shrimp boil

and use the buckets for the shrimp peels

shrimp bucket thepaintedapron.com

If you want to paint on glass or ceramics,

be sure to use curable paint especially made for glass,

I use Folk Art Enamel Glossies

If you don’t want to paint a crab,

you can get some cute crabby things in my Society 6 Shop here

“Ocean Things” is available on 45 different items

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

 Sundays on Silverado/  Love Your Creativity 

What’s for Dinner/ Between Naps on the Porch 

All About Home/ Common GroundFollow the Yellow Brick Home

Turn About Tuesday / Our Tiny Nest / Karin’s Cottage Linky Party 

Creative Crafts / Crafty Creators

Full Plate Thursday / Thursday Favorite Things   

Happiness is Homemade/ Home Matters

26 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Crabs”
  1. Nancy says:

    How adorable! Thanks for the tutorial! Love them all! 🦀🦀🦀

  2. This painting makes me hungry!

  3. Ricki Treleaven says:

    Your crabs are so cute, and I LOVE the darling platters! 😀

  4. Judee says:

    I love your crabs and all the decorated platters! You make it look so easy. thanks for the tutorial.

  5. lghiggins says:

    What a fun post–so bright and colorful that you have to love it even if there is not a beach in sight. Your tote is so cute; it makes me smile!

  6. Pam says:

    Jenna, this is so fun and summery! As always, your tutorials are great, if only I had any talent for painting. I think I gave up years ago. Happy weekend! 🦀

  7. Such crab sweetness and so perfect for your beach parties!

  8. Karen says:

    Your cute crabs would be a fun to do and make a nice addition to decorate a summer table.

  9. Kari says:

    Enjoyed your tutorial Jenna…thanks and have a great week end.

  10. Kim says:

    Your crabs are adorable Jenna! So cute and summery and perfect for your beach place. Happy Monday to you!

  11. So darn cute Jenna. The crabs are darling. Love the tray.

  12. I’m lovin’ your painted crabs!! You’re one of my features this week at the Home Matters Party. Thanks for sharing your art tutorial.

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