Getting Started with a Botanical Sketchbook

Anne Butera, watercolor artist, pattern designer

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9 Videos (26m)
    • Introduction

    • What is a Botanical Sketchbook and Why Keep One?

    • Choosing a Sketchbook

    • Media and Techniques

    • Testing Your Materials

    • Finding Inspiration and Choosing Subjects

    • Sketching Maple Seeds

    • Sketching a Viola Flower

    • Beginning Your Art Journey


About This Class


Are you curious about art-making but hesitant or intimidated to try your hand at it? Have you always wanted to keep a sketchbook but didn't quite know where to start? Do you love plants and flowers and find inspiration in the beauty and magic of nature? 

It took me years to embrace working in sketchbooks, but today they're a big part of my art practice. Over time I realized that they aren't as scary or as intimidating as I once thought they were. I want to be able to share what I've learned along the way.

In this class I'll walk with you through the process of starting a botanical sketchbook. I'll help you choose a sketchbook that will be just right for you. We'll talk about what tools and media to try and how to overcome the fear of the blank page. I'll share some of my favorite ways to use a sketchbook and share examples of different types of pages. Then we'll spend some time discussing where to find inspiration and preparing to get started with the practice of working in a sketchbook. Finally, I'll take you through the step-by-step process of creating a couple botanical sketches.

When you're finished with this class I hope you will be filled with inspiration and excitement that will carry you into a continued art practice.


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Thank you ! That was a fun class can't wait to try drawing some flowers.
I thought it was simple but really well done.
A truly wonderful class! Anne has inspired me to start my own botanical art journal, and I can't wait to fill it in with my own paintings. Looking forward to her other classes!





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 am an artist who strives to creates something each day and encourages you to embrace your creativity, too.

My paintings have been exhibited across the country and collected around the world. My art has been featured in magazines and in the spring of 2016 I released my first fabric collection. If I hadn't taken that first leap none of this would have been possible.

You, too, are creative. You, too, are surrounded by beauty, living in a world filled with joy. Claim that joy. Pay attention to the little things, listen to whispers of magic coming from nature and the garden, reconnect to the part of you that believes in giant strawberries.

Do something creative each day.

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