(CREATENATURE JOURNAL

Record your nature observations by drawing or writing about them.

MAIN SUPPLIES

  sketchbook or notebook (computer paper or the inside of cardboard cereal boxes work, too!)

  writing or drawing utensils (your favorite pencils, colored pencils, pens, crayons, or markers)

EXTRAS (FOR ADVENTURES)

  backpack for holding ↓

  field guide to identify organisms

  first aid kit (include water & snacks)

  glass jars w/ lids  (these are good for holding water for painting, or collecting specimens)

  observation tools (binoculars, camera, magnifying glass, pocket microscope, telescope, gloves)

  watercolor paints & brushes

You may also want a chair, blanket, or jacket for comfort.

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2020 Kortnie Huffman

try a 20 word writing prompt!

class notes from Red-tail's

Write Around Us: Nature Journaling for Beginners

techniques:

  drawing

  observations

    (see, hear, smell, feel)

  writing

tips:

  avoid self-editing

  doodle & sketch

  if not in nature, use photos

  keep visiting the same places

 – perfection is on the paper

  share on your own terms

My Life as a Leaf

In spring, I'm oft unseen;
In summer, I'm
green;
In fall, I'm
yellow, orange, or red;
In winter, I'm
dead.

Dunnings Mining Bee

WHERE SHOULD YOU NATURE JOURNAL?

anywhere you feel comfortable! find a bench at your neighborhood park, set out a blanket in your backyard, visit your favorite nature preserve, walk your favorite trail, take a picture on your next canoe trip down the White River, dust off your local field guide, or take a sketchbook to your nearest window – & start observing. What do you see, hear, smell, & feel

here's one way I journal:   using local field guides & my own nature photos as wildlife references to paint from home

supplies used:

  paintbrush & water

  paper

  watercolor paints

  field books or photos

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REMEMBER:THERE'S NO WRONG WAY TO JOURNAL

happy creating! – kort

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