6 must have art books for botanical artists by Wanda Lopez Designs

Inspirational Art Books for Botanical Artists

When it comes to art and finding inspiration I tend to go outdoors. Sometimes the weather doesn’t allow for that or I am feeling inspired during late hours of the night. 

That’s where I find myself wondering through my book cases for inspiration. 

Here are a few of my latests finds, six art book for botanical artists filled with nature and some of the most beautiful colors. I believe you will benefit from them as well. Specially if you are a botanical artists or find inspiration from the outdoors. 

Even if floral has an occasional appearance in your work you can find value in them. These books have so many color inspiration. 


Nature’s Palette : A Color Reference System from the Natural World

A great resource to get new color inspiration from nature. The book was expanded and enhanced in 1821 by Patrick Syme, who added color swatches and further color descriptions, bringing the total number of classified hues to 110


Botanical Illustration : The Essential Reference is the heading

In addition to images from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the collection features highlights from such seventeenth-century classics as Gerard's Herbal, Besler's Hortus Eystettensis, and Crispin van de Pass' Hortus Floridus.

Botanical Illustration for Beginners: A Step-by-Step Guide

Botanical Illustration for Beginners : A Step-by-Step Guide

A unique and exciting approach to botanical illustration, this beginner guide demonstrates everything you need to know about capturing beautiful botanical specimens on paper.


Botanical Inspiration : Nature in Art and Illustration

Botanical Inspiration is a timeless collection of artwork and illustrations that feature flora and its many facets through a variety of visual concepts, styles, and techniques.


A Garden Eden. Masterpieces of Botanical Illustration

Through peonies, callas, and chrysanthemums, these exquisite reproductions dazzle in their accuracy and their aesthetics.

Botanicum : Welcome to the Museum

From perennials to bulbs to tropical exotica, Botanicum is a wonderful feast of botanical knowledge complete with superb cross sections of how plants work.

Apart from the sources that brings inspiration into my artwork I also find that being organized is super helpful.

A big turning point in my life and business was the opportunity to organize my work schedule. I wanted a productive work schedule, something that helped me get a lot of things done and could maximize the hours in my day. Read more about it here and let me know if you are the same way. If you need to organize your day in order to keep yourself on track. 

With all the books available it is easy to keep searching instead of creating art. So, grab the one or ones that catches your eye first and start from there.

I personally bought them all at once and opened them one at a time. 

Which of these art books inspired with botanical illustrations is your favorite? Do you have a favorite book where you constantly find inspiration from? Share with all of us in the comment section below. I will love to check it out!

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