It's time to slow down, head outside and start noticing the Extraordinary! treasures around us. Nature Journaling is one of the best ways to open your eyes to the wonder of what's going on in your backyard, the bush or your local park. Let's get started...
You'll need a notebook, a pencil/black fine liner, watercolour paints or
coloured pencils, magnifying glasses, old scraps of paper/vintage stamps
Dive in and don't be afraid to make mistakes. Here are some ideas to get
you started in the world of nature journaling:
1. Make a map of your garden or park.
2. Create magic potion recipes from the plants and objects
you find. Draw potion bottles and list ingredients.
3. Do a pencil or pen sketch of the plants and flowers you see, then
add watercolour paint watercolour paint.
4. Look for little creatures to draw. Give them names. Interview them,
or make up stories/poems about them.
5. Sketch a secret garden from your imagination.
6. Observe nature with all your senses. Draw/write about it.
7. Make a nature mandala, then photograph/draw it.
8. Fill a page with drawings of the different flowers you can find (press
some between the pages of your journal).
9. Paint a snippet of the sky – at different times, on different days, for
one week. Use the same page.
10. Use your magnifying glass to zoom in on a flower or bug. Sketch it,
then add colour and labels.
11. Record everything you wonder about during a walk.
12. Trace the pattern of a leaf/seed pod/object.