Drawing and Ideas for Print

Generating Ideas for Your Prints...

Join Susan Yeates, an experienced printmaking tutor from Magenta Sky, for this online course that shows you how to come up with loads of ideas for your prints. 

Whether you are a beginner to printmaking, an experienced artist or somewhere in between, finding ideas and sourcing inspiration is always needed to keep your work fresh and exciting.

The course takes you through various ways that you can research new themes and subject matter, suggests methods for recording your ideas and gives you some new drawing ideas too.

It's a simple and easy course to follow, including explanatory videos, downloadable PDFs and some handy links and other resources.

This is a perfect accompaniment to any of the technique-based courses by Magenta Sky.

The aim is to get your creativity flowing!

Note: This course does not cover any specific printmaking techniques – it solely focuses on how to generate ideas for your work

Who Is This Course For?

This online course is aimed at:

  • beginners to printmaking trying to find ideas for prints
  • painters and artists who wish to explore new ways to work
  • those who want to re-spark their creativity
  • anyone who has a fear of the blank page / artist's block
  • anyone looking for some new drawing techniques or project ideas
  • anyone studying our standalone printmaking technique courses
  • anyone who has completed my 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge

We accept students from all across the world, and as long as you have access to the internet, you can study whenever you want and wherever you want. We have no entry requirements and do not ask that you start at a particular time of the year – start when you want to!

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Table of Contents

Module 1 - Sketchbooks
Module 2 - Idea Sheets
Module 3 - Ideas and Project Themes
Module 4 - Research Trips
Module 5 - Life Drawing and Photography
Module 6 - Other Places to Research
Module 7 - Drawing for Print
Module 8 - Reading List and Projects

Instant Access to Course Materials and Videos

By enrolling on the course, you gain instant access to the online learning portal where you will find all of your course materials and guidance. This includes both videos and downloadable PDF instructions.

This online course can be enrolled on at any time of year and will get you producing and collecting lots of different ideas, sketches, and drawings in no time at all.

The course also includes email support and a Student Facebook Support Group where you can share your work and ideas with other people, interact with your course tutor and join our printmaking community!

Once you have studied this course (which forms Modules 2 of our longer Introduction to Printmaking course) there are plenty of printmaking techniques to try your ideas out on such as linocut, woodcut or wood engraving.

I hope this helps to give you loads of ideas for your work!

About the Course Tutor

"My name is Susan and if you don’t know already, I am an art tutor and published author of two printmaking related books: Learning Linocut (an Amazon no.1 bestseller!) and Learn to Earn from Printmaking. There is a third on the way in 2018/2019!

I set up my company 'Magenta Sky' in 2003, just after I left university as a part-time venture. It began as a way of selling my crafts and also teaching printmaking courses and workshops in various arts venues.

Since then I have expanded to teach more classes and workshops, including a unique online printmaking course ‘Introduction to Printmaking’. This online course includes one of the modules from this longer online programme.

All of my current printmaking / craft books, my longer online course and my printmaking blog can be found on my website

I hope you find this particular course helpful in terms of giving you plenty of ideas and ways to find inspiration for your prints. Deciding what to work on is something that I know many of my students struggle with (often insisting that they 'can't draw'). Therefore I am really excited to be able to share this course with you."  

Susan Yeates Owner and Author, Magenta Sky

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Well, I would be sad. But if you're really unhappy with the course, just email me within 14 days to get a full refund.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at

I am a beginner to printmaking - will this help me?

Absolutely! This will help you to think about what to use as your subject matter for your prints and get your creativity flowing. Coming up with ideas is the first stage of the process of printmaking. Once you have a bunch of ideas, you can them move onto learning the individual techniques and translating your ideas into prints... (See other courses for the techniques - this course does not show you the individual printmaking methods).

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