Abstractions of Nature: A Sketchbook Activity (Draw 10 New Flowers)

Annette B., Pattern Design + Lettering + DIY Projects

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13 Videos (34m)
    • Welcome

    • Abstract Flower 1

    • Abstract Flower 2

    • Abstract Flower 3

    • Abstract Flower 4

    • Abstract Flower 5

    • Abstract Flower 6

    • Abstract Flower 7

    • Abstract Flower 8

    • Abstract Flower 9

    • Abstract Flower 10

    • Using Your Flowers: Create a Bouquet

    • Thank You + Have Fun


About This Class

Welcome to "Abstractions of Nature: A Sketchbook Activity!"


In this class I share a sketchbook activity I use when I want to draw abstract versions of flowers I see in nature.

Through ten short lessons, we will look at a photo reference, consider what changes we'd like to make, and then sketch out our new flower. Each lesson is under three minutes long.

What do I mean by "abstractions of nature?" This means that we will draw flowers that do not look exactly like the reference photo. We will alter each flower's shape, form, lines, texture, or create gestural marks to represent the flower.

Since this is a sketchbook activity, we don't have to shy away from imperfections. Unexpected outcomes are welcome because we can learn from them and experiment further in the future. 

Overall, we'll be drawing 10 new flowers that we otherwise may have never drawn. 

I will also share one example of how you might use these flowers in future projects. You'll have the option of watching me draw a floral bouquet using three to four of the 10 flowers we create. 


  • The only supplies you'll need are your favorite sketchbook and pencil.
  • If you would like to draw a bouquet, I used colored pencils.

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Thank you very much very fun class !





Annette B.

Pattern Design + Lettering + DIY Projects

Hello and welcome to my Skillshare channel!

I'm Annette, an artist and designer from the midwestern region of the U.S. Not only do I love teaching on Skillshare, but more importantly, I love learning new skills and improving existing ones.

Currently I offer about seven classes on Skillshare. My Skillshare classes are for beginners interested in learning more about pattern design, lettering, and DIY art projects. As I continue to grow as an artist and educator, ...

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