Nature Journal Practical: A beginners kit

 Nature Journal Practical:  A beginners kit

People often ask about the practical aspects of starting to keep a nature journal. 

It seems straightforward. You need a book to draw and write in in, and something to draw/paint with.

The problems begin when you look at the huge range of different art tools and equipment available!

All that choice, and so many different options. 

What to choose? 

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Nature in Mind - Watching Butterflies

Nature in Mind - Watching Butterflies

Butterflies are simply gorgeous, aren't they?  They're iconic, and so often portrayed as the very essence of nature. 

These little beauties aren't just about looks, though. They benefit the environment as important pollinators with a key position the food chain, and  act as indicators for the health of our ecosystems.  Their fascinating life-cycle, (from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis) is one of the wonders of nature, and a great way to teach children about the natural world.   

Watching butterflies is good for us!

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Connecting with Nature - wherever you are!

Connecting with Nature -  wherever you are!

One of my intentions with Drawn to Nature is to get more people drawing and keeping a sketchbook record of their journey. Why? Well, if you’re reading this you will already know that I’m fairly passionate about art and nature, and I love to share with like minded people!

There are other reasons too, one of which is that close observation creates a whole new level about how you see the world. Everyday things and occurrences become interesting, exciting and often quite beautiful, when you look at them from a different perspective.

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Sowing Hope for Nature

Sowing Hope for Nature

When I’m outside in my garden, or walking around my nature journaling patch it always makes me feel better. Yes, even in the pouring rain!  Scientific studies have proved that engaging with nature can also make us kinder and more generous, and that in turn makes us feel happier and more grateful.  This is wonderful, but, it shouldn't be a one way street.

Drawn Into Nature is about happiness and creativity,  the first word of my strapline  though, is ‘Care’. Our world faces so many threats and uncertainties for the future; nature needs all the help she can get.

This year, April 22nd has been designated  Earth Day. To mark this , I’m setting myself an ongoing challenge to Sow Hope for Nature; and I invite you to join me.....

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