Every artist has had that anxious feeling when faced with a fresh blank sheet of paper to create on. They just keep staring longer and longer at the blank page and no ideas come to mind soon it's been several minutes, but still nothing. The process of creating art is different for everyone, but for some that first line on a paper takes forever to get to. A great way to to break that anxiety is to cover the blank page with a wash, a texture, a pattern, or even just some random line work. Sometimes you find and create within something, like a wash or a texture. Yet, to just get students started you could have them create within a book to help them break away from the intimidating blank page and help them think outside of the box.