How To Start A Nature Journal - Sketchbook Techniques For Nature

Julia Bausenhardt, Nature Journaling & Illustration

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11 Lessons (1h 32m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:05
    • 2. What is a nature journal

      2:20
    • 3. Tools

      7:03
    • 4. Techniques for drawing

      8:58
    • 5. Getting started with your sketchbook - let's go outside

      19:34
    • 6. Making collections

      8:05
    • 7. Drawing your collection pt1 (leaves and bark)

      17:01
    • 8. Drawing your collection pt 2 (ivy leaf)

      9:02
    • 9. Drawing your collection pt3 (winter berries in different techniques)

      15:28
    • 10. Create your own sketchbook page

      1:05
    • 11. Final thoughts

      1:11

Project Description

Sketch a page in your nature journal

Draw a page in your sketchbook (or on a loose sheet of paper if you don't have a sketchbook) featuring a small collection of natural objects you found outside, or something else from nature that you find interesting - it can be a landscape, an animal, the weather, a tree (or a forest), a rock formation, a footprint..


Use pencil and ink, or add watercolor or colored pencils for more details.
Make sure to ask questions and observe closely - how does this leaf work, how is the cone built, what are these little markings? Note your observations. 


I have provided a PDF with some ideas for creating your own nature collection. This is simply for inspiration - don't simply use it as a drawing template - create your own collections, that's a lot more fun!


Let us know what you've learned in the process of observing and drawing!

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