Sumi-e Painting with Color for Floral Illustrations

A course by Koshu
Artist and Teacher. Camberley, United Kingdom.
Joined October 2020
, Artist and Teacher

Sumi-e Painting with Color for Floral Illustrations

  • 100% positive reviews (11)
  • 673 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Sumi-e Painting with Color for Floral Illustrations

  • 100% positive reviews (11)
  • 673 students
  • 19 lessons (3h 53m)
  • 25 additional resources (12 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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Sumi-e painting is a Japanese art form that allows you to capture the beauty and complexity of the world through creative inking techniques. Koshu is the identity of Akemi Lucas, a Japanese artist, teacher, and qualified shodō Master based in the UK. She has collaborated with clients such as Kokoro Gin, the World Rugby Awards, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and was also featured in the Tokyo Weekender magazine.

In this online course, develop your skills in sumi-e painting by creating four different plant compositions using the Senbyouhou and Tsuketatehou techniques. Deepen your knowledge of the brush movements, textures, and ink effects, then introduce color and explore the seal making process.

If you’re new to sumi-e painting, Koshu takes you through the fundamentals of the art form in her first course, Introduction to Sumi-e Painting.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Materials and Basic Brush Techniques
  • U3
    U3. Senbyouhou and Tsuketatehou Compositions
  • U4
    U4. The Seal
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin the course by getting to know artist and teacher Koshu. She briefly outlines the course and talks about three figures who have influenced her work and her life in general.

Explore the materials required for the course, then work your way through some exercises using the Senbyouhou, Kasure, and Choboku techniques to help with brush movement and ink effects.

Get some ideas for your composition, then grab your brushes! Your teacher guides you through painting persimmons and magnolias in Senbyouhou, then a rose and an iris in Tsuketatehou.

The final part of the process is the seal. Koshu shares a brief overview of the history and meaning behind seals, then talks you through the process of making one.

What is this course's project?

Develop your skills in sumi-e by painting four kinds of colorful plants: persimmon, magnolia, rose, and iris, using the Senbyouhou and Tsuketatehou techniques.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This intermediate course is for artists who want to develop their skills in sumi-e painting and understand how to compose and create their own artworks.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, you need to be familiar with the materials, basic brush movements, and ink control.

As for materials, you need:

    • Felt cloth
    • A paperweight and an inkstone
    • An ink stick or liquid ink
    • 2 water jars and 4 small plates
    • Gansai or watercolor paint
    • Paintbrushes of various sizes
    • Different types of paper
    • Paper towels
    • A thick piece of paper cut into a circle
    • An old toothbrush
    • A sieve or metal mesh


673 Students
11 Reviews
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A course by Koshu

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Artist and Teacher

Koshu is an artist and qualified shodō Master with a deep connection to the Zen philosophy of Japanese calligraphy and sumi-e painting. She became a qualified calligraphy teacher at 24 and had her own calligraphy school with over 250 students until she relocated to the UK. She continues to share her passion with others through workshops, online teaching, demonstrations, and lectures.

Koshu creates commissions for a wide range of international clients. Her work can be seen on labels for KokoroGin, at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and in advertising campaigns for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Her calligraphy work featured in the Hyper Japan Festival 2022 and her first sumi-e painting book is to be published by Bloomsbury in 2024.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Materials and Basic Brush Techniques

    • Presentation of Material: Paper
    • Senbyouhou and Kourokuhou Techniques with a Small Brush
    • Kasure Technique
    • Tsuketatehou Technique with Ink Effects
    • Tsuketatehou Technique with Ink Effects and Use of Colours
  • U3

    Senbyouhou and Tsuketatehou Compositions

    • Ideas on Composition
    • Persimmons in Senbyouhou 1
    • Persimmons in Senbyouhou 2
    • Persimmons in Senbyouhou 3
    • A Magnolia in Senbyouhou 1
    • A Magnolia in Senbyouhou 2
    • A Rose in Tsuketatehou 1
    • A Rose in Tsuketatehou 2
    • An Iris in Tsuketatehou 1
    • An Iris in Tsuketatehou 2
  • U4

    The Seal

    • About the Seal
    • Seal Making
  • FP

    Final project

    • Sumi-e Painting with Color for Floral Illustrations

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Sumi-e Painting with Color for Floral Illustrations. Illustration course by Koshu

Sumi-e Painting with Color for Floral Illustrations

A course by Koshu
Artist and Teacher. Camberley, United Kingdom.
Joined October 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (11)
  • 673 students