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

Course Description

About this lesson

In this lesson you will learn how to paint Chrysanthemum. It is said that those who can paint the leaves of Chrysanthemum can paint anything at all. Practice your brush and make your very own botanical ink and watercolour painting of this majestic flower.

This lesson is included in The Four Nobles Foundation course.

In this lesson, you will :

  • Learn how to prepare your workspace 

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

  • Exercise the brush to make fluent lines 

  • Practice Japanese calligraphy

  • Learn step-by-step how to paint Chrysanthemum

  • Use Japanese watercolours 

  • Create your very own beautiful ink paintings

  • Deepen your experience of the meditative nature of ink painting

The lesson also includes:

  • 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 Chrysanthemum in ink and watercolour. You will know to write the calligraphy character for centre in Japanese, and become confident using the Japanese brush, ink and paper. You will further your understanding of this practice, and discover an open gate to further your own creative journey. 

This lesson is for you if:

  • You want to learn the foundation of how to create beautiful Chrysanthemum painting using traditional Japanese brushes, ink 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.


Highlights of what you will paint

Learn how to paint Chrysanthemum

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


Meet your teacher

Talia Lehavi 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.

Talia Lehavi Headshot - ArtBrush Japanese Ink Brush Painting Instructor - Artist - London Mallorca Zichron


What our students say about their experience

Karin - ArtBrush Student

Thank you so much for welcoming me in the painting lesson - Chrysanthemum. Your online-course is so beautiful and it is inspiring me a lot. I‘m practicing since I’ve opened the course on my computer and watching the videos again and again. I‘m looking forward to send you some compositions and also to learn mor about bamboo, plum and orchid. I’m really happy finding your beautiful, sensitive and elegant online school for Japanese Ink painting. 

—  Karin F. 

Katherine - ArtBrush Student

During uncertain times, ArtBrush has been a wonderful source of solace. I joined ArtBrush as a complete beginner, looking to combine my passion for art with my interest in meditation. Japanese ink painting requires such focus, and engenders a great sense of calmness. I have been able to develop creatively and the process has given me the time for contemplation. I would highly recommend these courses.

—  Katherine B.

Holly - ArtBrush Student

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

Olympia - ArtBrush Student

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


Included in this lesson

Welcome to your lesson

  1. Welcome to ArtBrush (2:21)

  2. Learning Japanese ink painting - Introduction

  3. Your workspace (1:54)

  4. Tools & materials - The four treasures (5:09)

  5. Making ink & How to hold the brush (3:21)

  6. Preview Your check list (1:03)

  7. Sources for your tools and materials

Chrysanthemum - Yellow Empress 菊 'kiku'

  1. Introduction on painting chrysanthemum (1:53)

  2. Calligraphy practice - CENTRE 中 'chu/naka' (2:10)

  3. Brush practice - 'pause - move - pause' (1:27)

  4. Painting chrysanthemum leaves (5:45)

  5. Painting chrysanthemum buds and flowers (5:48)

  6. Create your own painting - Composition I (6:13)

  7. Painting flowers in 'boneless' style (3:55)

  8. Soul meditation - Strength (0:45)

  9. Create your own painting - Colour composition II (5:09)

  10. Chrysanthemum - Outro (1:17)


Bonus Material

  1. Three additional compositions for you to practice in your own time

  2. Chrysanthemum Haiku - Poetry

  3. Hokusai chrysanthemum designs from his manual

  4. Details of chrysanthemum from an 18th C. Japanase folding screen

  5. Chrysanthemum by the Stream

  6. Review and ArtBrush students gallery

Learn how to paint Chrysanthemum

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


Frequently Asked Questions

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 long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling and as long as ArtBrush is live online, you have unlimited access to the course across any devices you own for as long as you like.

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.

How do I enrol on a course?

To enrol on one of the ArtBrush courses, click on any "Enrol" button on this page and complete your purchase. You will need to create an account with us to purchase and access the course. If you already have an account, log in to complete your purchase. Then, you'll have access to the course, and your purchase details will be emailed to you.

Would I need any special tools and materials?

Yes! Please view the short 'check list' video and PDF inside the course 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 software do I need to access the course?

Please simply ensure that you have updated your internet browser to the latest version. If you run into any technical issues, we advise to clear your cache, cookies and browsing history. For any further technical enquiries please contact:

What if I wish to cancel?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.

How can I get further help and ask a question?

At any time, our team will help you at:

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