Defeat the Blank Page: Discover Inspiration Inside and Outside Your Sketchbook | Anne Butera | Skillshare

Defeat the Blank Page: Discover Inspiration Inside and Outside Your Sketchbook

Anne Butera, watercolor artist, pattern designer

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17 Lessons (2h 33m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. My Sketchbook Story

    • 3. Why Sketchbooks

    • 4. Finding Inspiration

    • 5. An Inspiration Adventure

    • 6. Tools and Materials

    • 7. Nature in Watercolor

    • 8. Nature in Pencil

    • 9. Pattern in Acrylic

    • 10. Inspired by the Page - Acrylic

    • 11. Gouache from a Vintage Poster 1

    • 12. Gouache from a Vintage Poster 2

    • 13. Gouache from a Vintage Poster 3

    • 14. Gouache Inspired by the Page

    • 15. Marker from a Vintage Poster

    • 16. Collage Inspired by the Page

    • 17. On Your Own


About This Class

No matter your experience or skill level as an artist, there will be times when you look at the blank page and your head feels as empty as it does.

In fact, inspiration exists everywhere and this class is designed to help you discover it and then translate that inspiration onto the page.

In this class you'll:

  • Identify your own personal intentions for keeping a sketchbook.
  • Discover what inspires you. Although inspiration is everywhere it can sometimes be difficult to find clarity, especially if you’re overwhelmed with inspiration coming from all directions.
  • Learn how to take the raw inspiration and translate it onto a page in your sketchbook.
  • Learn techniques for using any page in your sketchbook as inspiration for another page.

In a series of demonstrations you'll also learn a bit about color mixing, painting with watercolor, sketching with pencil, painting with acrylic craft paint, painting with gouache, sketching with marker and playing with collage.

By the end of this class you’ll:

  • Have created an ongoing list of your goals which will, in turn help when you’re faced with the question “what do I put down on the page?”
  • Have created a list of different sources of inspiration that you can turn to again and again when you’re stuck.
  • Have learned techniques for generating unlimited ideas from your sources of inspiration.
  • Be able to look at every page you create as a source of inspiration for many other pages.





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Anne Butera

watercolor artist, pattern designer

For a long time I denied my identity as an artist, but in 2010 I decided to reclaim it.

Regaining my creativity didn't quite work out as I had planned. In truth, on my first attempt at leaping for my dreams I fell flat on my face. That experience, though painful, has put me on what I call a Mission of Beauty and Joy.


Today I work as a watercolor artist.

I strive to create something each day and am passionate about encouraging you to embrace your crea...

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