How to Start a Watercolor Nature Sketchbook

Laura Ashton, Watercolor Botanicals & Sketchbooks

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14 Videos (39m)
    • How to Start A Nature Sketchbook Intro

      1:44
    • Get Inspired

      4:48
    • Materials

      8:10
    • Layout Ideas

      1:00
    • Drawing a Succulent

      3:31
    • Drawing a Flower

      2:35
    • Going Over the Drawings in Ink

      4:11
    • Adding More Drawings

      1:19
    • Adding Text and a Border

      3:32
    • Painting a Leaf

      1:29
    • Painting a Succulent

      2:34
    • Painting a Flower

      2:03
    • Finishing the Paintings

      1:11
    • Let's Stay in Touch!

      0:54

About This Class

Learn how to start a nature sketchbook using waterproof ink pens and watercolor paints. The object of this class is to introduce you to how to start your own sketchbook inspired by nature, your garden, or everyday experiences that you would like to document in some way.

There is no need for perfection in this class, just start where you are at with the supplies you have on hand. Try out creating a collection of items on one page like the project I show in the class demo. Make sure you post your finished project in the project section, I would love to see what you create.

Collection Ideas:

  • garden plants
  • found items from the beach
  • found items from the forest
  • bird feathers
  • pebbles
  • shells
  • leaves
  • different types of wild grass
  • flowers
  • bits of found nests (birds, bees, wasps... as long as they are abandoned)

Materials

  • a watercolour sketchbook or spiral bound pad
  • a paint brush or water brush
  • watercolour paints or travel palette
  • mechanical pencil
  • eraser
  • waterproof pen (I use sakura micron in size 0.25 mm and 0.20 mm)
  • paper towel
  • water jar
  • coloured pencils (an alternative to watercolor paint)

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This is a great basic class. Very helpful if you're getting back to sketching, water color, or journaling as well. Well done.
Informative class, I like how she talks through the sketching process instead of "just watch me sketch"
Lovely class. I enjoyed it. Thank you!

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Laura Ashton

Watercolor Botanicals & Sketchbooks