Tips for Nature Journaling Outdoors

Tips for Nature Journaling Outdoors

Nature journaling outside: What could possibly go wrong?!

I’ve been sketching outside for years, regularly drawing nature on my walks. In that time I’ve had a few fair scrapes with the weather and terrain. Here are a few problems which I hope you’ll avoid after reading this!

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Finding and using a Sit Spot

Finding and using a Sit Spot

After that big rush of excitement of getting supplies together, and finding a sketchbook, often come the big questions.

Where, and what shall I journal?

There’s just so much to draw and record out there! Once you begin to notice nature in a different way it’s a little overwhelming, especially when you go outside to journal for the first time. Where do you start?

You may have heard the expression……

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Three simple steps to improve your nature drawing

Three simple steps to improve your nature drawing

I used to believe drawing was a talent you were born with, and only certain, special,people were gifted with the ability to do it. When I finally understood that drawing and painting are simply skills you learn and develop like any others, it revolutionised both how I drew, and thought about drawing.

Most nature journalers are striving to create images which are realistic, and that can be challenging.

By knowing and understanding our subject, we can make our drawing more realistic. That boosts confidence and helps us on our journey to find our personal artistic style!

So, here’s what I think is the most important tip

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Nature journaling: A Sense of Place

Nature journaling: A Sense of Place

Social media is a wonderful way to connect with kindred spirits, but has its downsides too.  It’s  easy to believe from all of those attractive posts and beautiful photos that everyone else’s life is so inspiring and interesting, compared to our own!

The same thing's true about our encounters with the natural world. I'm often guilty of this! I see people who live in stunning locations, having incredible wildlife in their neighbourhood, and I sigh. Then I  remind myself ……

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