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Botanical Patterns in a Sketchbook: Conquer the Blank Page

A course by Polina Oshu
Artist and Surface Pattern Designer. Valencia, Spain.
Joined August 2020
, Artist and Surface Pattern Designer

Learn drawing techniques using markers to create floral and abstract patterns filled with color and creativity

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  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn drawing techniques using markers to create floral and abstract patterns filled with color and creativity

  • 100% positive reviews (187)
  • 5428 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 lessons (2h 30m)
  • Available on the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

The most challenging part of drawing is starting— once you’ve started, the inspiration comes naturally. Pattern designer Polina Oshu finds her inspiration to draw from the beauty of nature, and loves to express her emotions through vivid colors. She has collaborated with brands like Marks & Spencer and Lush by creating bold pattern designs.

In this course, she teaches you how to draw with confidence to create striking botanical illustrations. Dare to fill a sketchbook with lively works of art by learning color theory, composition, and drawing techniques. Ready to find your unique artistic style?

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Floral Motives inside and outside Us
  • U3
    U3. Theory and Exercises
  • U4
    U4. Drawing
  • U5
    U5. Final Tips
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Meet Polina Oshu, artist and pattern designer, and your teacher for this course. Hear about her creative journey that led her to work with brands like JucyJudy and Impression Originale. She also shares the artists and artworks that inspire her and her work.

Look for inspiration by exploring the beauty of nature and finding floral motives both from your imagination and the world around you. Polina shares her tips on finding your own artistic style, as well as how to bring your ideas to life by overcoming the fear of the blank page.

Dive into the theoretical aspect of drawing by learning about composition, color, layers and shapes. Learn how to create bold, vivid, and harmonious patterns in your sketchbook using floral motifs. Explore color theory using the color wheel to create your own palette. Polina also shares her tips when working with layers to make your artwork neater.

Apply everything learned throughout the course by drawing three abstract compositions. Begin by illustrating an abstract composition using complimentary colors. Then, create a floral illustration inspired by big blossom flowers. Move on to the last, and more complex, illustration of interlaced plants filled with details.

Wrap up the course by hearing Polina’s tips and tricks to becoming a professional artist. She shares with you her photography techniques when creating images for social media. Polina also discusses the importance of being part of an art community online for support and inspiration.

What is this course's project?

Create three botanical illustrations in a sketchbook by applying composition, color theory, and drawing techniques.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is for anyone who would like to overcome the fear of the blank page and unleash their creativity through sketchbooking.

What you need

No previous knowledge is required.

To take this course, all you need is a sketchbook, acrylic markers, or paint.


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Polina Oshu

A course by Polina Oshu

Artist and Surface Pattern Designer

Polina Oshu is an artist and designer from St. Petersburg, Russia. She studied graphic design at the University of Industrial Technologies and Design. She went on to work as a graphic designer for eight years, creating visual identities and websites. However, her true passion was for illustration. After going on maternity leave, she used her free time to illustrate in a sketchbook and share her work on social media.

After getting wide recognition online by amassing over 128K followers on Instagram, clients began contacting her to purchase her illustrations. Since 2017, she has been creating commissions for clients such as Marks & Spencer, Lush, JucyJudy, Impression Originale, among other brands.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Floral Motives inside and outside Us

    • Looking for Inspiration
    • Artistic Style
    • Materials and Tips to Overcome Fears
  • U3

    Theory and Exercises

    • Composition
    • Color
    • Shape
    • Layers
  • U4


    • Abstract Compositions Playing with Colors
    • Big Blossoms 1
    • Big Blossoms 2
    • Interlaced Plants
  • U5

    Final Tips

    • Tips for Taking Pictures and Filming a Sketchbook
    • Support and Inspiration by the Art Community on Social Media
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Botanical Patterns in a Sketchbook: Conquer the Blank Page

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Botanical Patterns in a Sketchbook: Conquer the Blank Page. A Illustration course by Polina Oshu Best Seller

Botanical Patterns in a Sketchbook: Conquer the Blank Page

A course by Polina Oshu
Artist and Surface Pattern Designer. Valencia, Spain.
Joined August 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (187)
  • 5428 students