My Nature Journal is a simple spiral bound sketch book that I added paper and then magazine pictures to to make it pretty.
Nature Drawing and Journaling is something that I’ve been interested in for a while. I don’t take the time often to work on my Nature Journal, but I do enjoy really looking at God’s beauty in creation and trying to recreate it in my drawings. This past school year, we began going through Barry Stebbings Nature Drawing and Journaling in book and DVD form. The DVD is probably my favorite as I am a visual learner, and he actually shows you exactly how to draw borders, and gives examples of his many Nature Journals. It’s been fun creating the borders and then later filling in the pages with more drawings taken from nature and then adding poems, Scriptures, or some kind of writing to compliment the artwork. Unfortunately, my children aren’t as interested in this kind of art and journaling, so though they do some Nature Study, they don’t normally make a Nature Journal. This past year, for Nature Study we used NaturExplorers from Shining Dawn Books for studying nature. They have some great ideas on how to study nature in some creative ways, and also some great living book options on the topics covered. This fall, we will be using the Creation Illustrated magazine. It has phenominal photos of nature, with nature stories from a Creation viewpoint. And, it also has some lesson plan ideas to cover the nature topics covered in the magazine. I’m looking forward to it! Below are some of the drawings and journaling I’ve done in my Nature Journal. Maybe it will inspire you to try it for yourself!
I enjoy adding poems to my drawings. I use Favorite Poems Old and New as a resource when I do add them. I also will add quotes I find that I like, as well as Scriptures.
I actually drew the picture below while visiting the Anita B. Gorman Nature Center. Then, later (a couple years later…lol) I added the mixed colored leaves border around the side and bottom using Barry Stebbing’s Nature Journaling and Drawing.
This is one of my favorites!! I LOVE Powell Gardens. It is a beautiful place to visit. There is always plenty of beautiful things to draw. I began experimenting more with shading in this drawing, and I think it makes a world of difference. I never said I was good at drawing, but I sure do enjoy it!
This was done from one of Barry Stebbing’s recommendations. It’s done in marker, and then at the end, I used blue marker on paper, dipped a paintbrush in water, and lightly “painted” around the tree.
This is how I typically start my pages now…with some sort of border. This comes from Barry Stebbing’s courses, also. He does nice borders in his journals and then fills in with other drawings, and journaling. I like to do that now, also. This is unfinished, because I’ve not yet filled in the rest of the page.
I hope this gives some of you some inspiration so that you will try Nature Journaling and Drawing for yourself. It’s relaxing and fun!
I have been super busy getting ready for the upcoming school year. Lots of Lesson Planning has been taking place, a partial basement purge occurred, and I hope to get more done soon, and then lots of summer fun is happening, too! I hope to be finishing up the majority of my school planning soon, and then I’ll share what all we are doing. It is going to be a fun and exciting year, I think!