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Nature Journal - Drawing Ideas For Spring

Julia Bausenhardt, Nature Sketching & Illustration

Nature Journal - Drawing Ideas For Spring

Julia Bausenhardt, Nature Sketching & Illustration

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11 Lessons (1h 28m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Tools

    • 3. Sketching Plants 1 (Solomon's Seal)

    • 4. Sketching Plants 2 (Fern)

    • 5. Sketching Plants 3 (Woodruff)

    • 6. Adding Color To The Sketches

    • 7. Text Notes And Color Charts

    • 8. Sketching Butterflies

    • 9. Drawing A Map

    • 10. Sketching Birds With A Trick

    • 11. Your Project & Final Thoughts

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About This Class

This class is the second in my series about nature journaling throughout the year.

It’s great for anyone who wants to get started or continue nature journaling in spring, and anyone who wants to keep creative throughout the year. By journaling about your observations in nature you get a closer connection to nature and to making art. You can use these nature studies in your sketchbook to develop your own ideas for any creative project. Your skill level doesn’t matter as long as you have curiosity and an interest in nature.

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Julia Bausenhardt

Nature Sketching & Illustration



Hey, I'm Julia! I’m an illustrator & field sketcher from Germany.

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1. Introduction: Hello. I'm Julian, illustrator and Nature General, Thank you for joining me in this class. We're going to explore nature journaling In spring, I will share lots of different ideas for drawing in your sketchbook Now that nature is waking up and now you can explore sketching outside. In spring, we will go for a hike together and take a look. A different nature, journaling techniques, and I'll share several step by step demonstrations off what I paint in my sketchbook. In this season, you can explore everything from drawing different flowers, insects, birds, small maps, butterflies, all the colors. Offspring. This class is perfect for anyone who wants to get started or continued nature journaling in spring and anyone who wants to keep creative throughout the year. The different techniques shown in this class will help you to find new ways to express yourself with pencil and pain, and you can use them for any creative project. Your skill level doesn't matter as long as you have curiosity and interest in nature. So this class is grateful sketchbook. Beginners. I hope youll be inspired to explore spring in your sketchbook by the end of this class. Rabia sketching tools and less secular 2. Tools: let me give you a quick overview off the tools for this class. So are we using my sketchbook? This is my nature journal where I do all of my sketching, and, um, I do a lot off my sketches and water color. So I have a sketchbook with watercolor paper that can take a little bit off wet media. So use whatever you're comfortable with That said, this is my water kind of field kid. Um, I have spoken about this before. You don't really need a lot of colors in your field kids or whatever you have at your disposal will probably be fine. You could also use color pencils. Actually, I hope I can show a few appliances for different colored pencils later. Then we have a brush. This is what her tank brush So thes water brushes are great if you work in the field. I hope I can show a little bit with that. I don't always like to use them because they you always have a lot of water coming out of them. But then that's the plan about them. Right? I also have my pencil Antony raise a nearby for sketching and then my fountain pen when I want to, um, you know, draw things and ing or reply, Um, texts. So these are basically all the things that I will bring with me, and they all fit nicely into the small bags. So since I will be sketching outside, also bring a few practical things. And mainly, the most important thing is this old thing, which is sort of a little Matt that I can sit on. So when I go outside and I want to draw in the forest or Meadow, I like to sit down because otherwise it's not very comfortable, and this makes it even more comfortable. So this just a really small trick to, you know, make it a little bit easier to sketch outside. So this really all we need? Um, yeah, let's get started. Let's go 3. Sketching Plants 1 (Solomon's Seal): Hi. Hello. So one thing that I really love about NATO journaling is that you go outside a lot and spend a lot of time in nature. So I thought for this class, I'm actually dry out a little experiment and take you with me on my hike. So what I want to be doing iss? Yeah, just go through this forest for a little while and find a nice what to sit down and then start sketching. And I know that the weather isn't really that optimum, but I want to try it nonetheless. So yeah, Let's see how this girls and I'm so excited and so happy to have you with me on this little nature journaling trip. So let's see how it goes. So the first plant want to sketch through day ISS Salomon CEO, and you can see that it has these pretty wide flowers on. I think it's a good plan for starting and also I found a place where it grows a quite abundant. So let's start with that. So, since I'm sketching outside today for this class, I hope you can forgive me if some off thes takes are not in perfect studio lighting, so I do my very best to, um, keep the camera so that you can see everything that I do. But I just want you to give you an example of how I would actually go about and do this so that you can get an impression off how I usually do my nature turning. And also, I don't want to rip our any off these plants that grow here. So I'd rather sketch them where they are not Take them back with me into the studio. So let's get started with the solar Montes CEO. It has a pretty lost them that and also there's a creaking tree next to me. I hope it's not too disturbing. So let's get started with this one. So it is quite the long stem, and this is a great exercise and getting these different leaf shapes right, So here you can see my sketch. Since the light is proving to be a little bit difficult, I think I will finish it at him. So I've taken a few photos of this and I've started the plan. You can you can see it right here. I've also taken a good look at thes floral parts, and I've made my notes, so I think I will go on to the next one 4. Sketching Plants 2 (Fern): So I found this great place where I can sit down and study some firm. We might even get this little be here to cooperate. I have much little state and and I also have some Woodruff in in the vicinity. So this is actually this little plant here and the whole forests mouse like this right now , it's Ah, it's really cool. Plant. Um, here you can see my tripod. So I'd like to start with this little B before it wakes up and it's gone. Take a look at it first, So it's really small. And I think I might want to indicate the firm that it sits on just indicate I can always go into more detail later. Smooth. So here you can see I'm basically drawing a sketch off the wings off the body and the legs off this little insect. And then, after making a little bit bigger sketch, I'm making a detailed analysis off the head. So I think it's waking up now on. I don't think I will have much longer. It's not. I think I I got quiet. Um, eyes sketch out off this. So another thing that I find quite interesting is this phone? So just trying to do a very raw sketch off this I don't see, so I'll take one off thes bigger structures on a right. Find the middle stalk. Missed em. Andi. So one tip for sketching fine structures like this is not to, um, sketch in every detail. So he will go nuts if you do this smooth. I'm quite comfortable with netting. This look really sketchy, like now and then when you have drawn in the structure, you can go in and do one leave. That's really detailed. So I'll take this one and just render it with a little bit more detail. - And once you have the general structure down, you could even take a closer look at one of thes. And once you have the general structure and place been on the leaf shapes, you can continue and take a look at a single leave. So just going to do that now. So I'm working from the bottom up because these are overlapping. And what I find interesting is this sort off s shape that you can see here in the middle in the stem. I actually have it right here. So you can see this also in original size. And you could even go closer and find out with a magnifying glass. What this small structure looks like so just going to to draw that here. And this is obviously not life size anymore. But it's twice the size roughly one additional thing that I want to do now. So I won't add a lot of kind of to this. But I want to record the Connor while I'm here, So I will just do that now. So I have my own palette. Actually, the mix that I have down here, which is a mix off May green And then I think the other one waas in fact this Yeah, no for this gold green brother, do you think that may work? Very well. I'm just going to Yes, that looks nice. Maybe a little bit more from a green. So I'm just going to add a little block little block down here. You can see so I can add in the Khanna. Or maybe I will even add in the color now so you can see that doesn't really have to be too detailed. So practical tip. If you have taken up a little bit of color and want to clean it with this water brush. Then you don't have to work with a lot of water containers. You'll just do fine if you have, um, kind of a sweatband or an old sock on your wrist. And then you can simply go and put the Connor into their press a little bit on the water tank brush, and then you're good to go and can pick up some new color. So this is how I usually do it. If I use my want her cutter in the field, I just do it like this. Then it's clean again, and you can continue with a different kind of. So while it's fun while we're here, I come had a bit more Connor to the leaves down here. Okay, I think we can leave it like this. This is a nice study. Um, if you have a drawing like this and don't have details everywhere, then it's it will work to leave the part off the sketch unfinished. So I think that indicating that we have a little bit off color here and here is enough to indicate that this will actually continue with the same color. So no, actually, add a little bit off this darker olive green to the stem. So we have a nice progression off. Um, almost no detail to a little bit more detail, and you can easily. Your brain will easily fill in the rest, so to speak. And when filling in a part of your sketch like this with color, I always find the good choice to use uneven number. So I have five leaves here. I could easily have taken three. It always looks a little bit more interesting if you have these sort off uneven numbers. 5. Sketching Plants 3 (Woodruff): So I'm ready to fill the rest off my page with this little woodruff that you can see here back here. Andi. So let's see, we have, um I like to think on how I want to fill my page before I, um you know, so that I can arrange the different elements a little bit. So I think we have a nice space here where we can at the plant and then at some notes around it. So you don't always have to put the things that you're drawing that you're observing into your journal, right? How they stand. You can actually take a little bit off liberty with this, so just make sure that the important parts can be seen. The stock needs to be a little bit more delicate down. Yeah, and we have the blooms and then the three different Darius with leaves. So I'm just very loosely indicating these right now, and we will fill them with a little bit more life. So when you have thes leaves that go around the plant on a it's fine to wait a minute. I'm actually going to show you this one here, So if you have these leaves that go around the entire stem. Then you can see this sort off looks like an ellipse. So this is what I'm sort off going for here. And then we have another flatter in lips. And now I can stop, too. Actually, fill this. It's a good idea to count the individual leaves. So on this one eight, and I'm going to note that down. So I just made a nerve that you can really smell this. And it's a really nice smell. He can notice it in the whole forest. So, um, I've made my really rough sketch. Um, I will add Khanna in the same way that I did down here, but I will knew this later, actually, because I'm noticing that I'm getting a little bit uncomfortable in this place. So I'd rather on continue to walk for a little bit and then settle down next place. And this is also a really essential aspect about NATO generally. So if you do this outside, then it's a really good idea to listen to yourself, listen to your body and just continue and move for a little bit. If you feel that you want to Okay, so a few things have happened since my last sketch. I sat down in the sun since it was a little bit too cold for sketching and too windy for filming. And as I was sitting there very still, I I started to pained in a little bit off Connor for this, Be that I sketched earlier. And I'm so sorry that I didn't show this on camera, but filming conditions here, I really not that good. And then I noticed that least two birds were flying around on around me in the brushes and in the trees nearby. And it is actually a species that I haven't seen before. He in the forest, and I quickly sketched them. I didn't get a really good look, but I'm I'm trying to sit here for a while longer and see if I can get a good look through my binoculars. So I'll keep you posted about that, and then maybe later we can take a better look at at thes birds 6. Adding Color To The Sketches: So I have a table available now It's actually a picnic table. And so I thought I'd quickly show you how I would, um cholera such a page with water. Kind of. I've already started, As you can see down here, um, I've added a little bit of color to my B and also to these birds I saw earlier. So these are just very quick sketches. If you don't like these sort off really gestural sketches. You can always refine them a little bit later on your back. Inside. So, um, I had the Solomon seal here, and I wanted to add a little bit of kind. Okay, so I have my watercolors, CIA. I already have an area where a little bit of green. I'm just going to mix this since the green are used earlier for my fern will be a little bit too yellowish. I'll take a bit off mine Taylor green, and add that to the mix. And I think that will might make a nice color for this soul amount seal. So when you work with these, what a brushes. Then you will notice that you'll always have sort of, um, water remix. What I think for sketches, that's just fine. So as with a fern, I could decide that I only want a part off the plant in color. But since these leaves are really, um, simple shapes, I think I can actually get away with adding a bit a bit off color to every leaf. So one thing that's really interesting about this leaves is that they have thes sort off long veins. And you could actually indicate this by leaving a little bit off space. Unpainted could also go in later and make them barker. You can see that's also quite an effective method. So you can see here. Okay, you can see this really more about the idea off the whole plan than about re presentational drawing. So you see, I also did a quick sketch off the little flowers that the Solomon Seal has. And since these are white, I will try something that will render a wide, um, flower for me so I won't actually paint with the negative space off this. So start with the outline. Andi, don't be afraid to paint over your writing so you can always go over it with a pen. Later in this way, you can actually see bit more detail. One thing that's characteristic for the flowers is that they have thes small green dots, but only down where the petals are. Could add a little bit off brown on Ray to indicate indentations. But I think I'll leave it at that. So that's sort of like a quick, a little bit crude. But a quick sketch of how this, um, flowering part looks like I also have the sketch of my woodruff here from earlier. And I wanted to add a little bit of color to that one, too. So I'm taking again my small pan it and I'm mixing off similar to the green that I had for the Solomon Seal. So a lot of May green a little bit off Taylor green and just a little bit off this olive green, I think will make a nice mix if you need more water than simply press your brush if you use a water brush. Okay, I think this will work nicely. You could also use modernize. Tala is for for this kind of clean is a mixed mixed green called sap green. I really like this. I don't have it in my palette at the moment, I should probably switch my palate to to have the sap clean. So one thing that I often notice with these greens is that they get a little bit more realistic if you add just a tiny hand off orange wretch to them. So going to pick up just a tiny bit off orange and this will turn down the green a bit more . I think this will give you a more realistic looking green. Okay, I like this. It's very nice. If you paint with water brush, you will notice that it dilutes the paint with water the more you paint. So that's actually also a great way to got a bit more diverse lines into you into your sketch. So just quickly adding some some color to this. So again, here we have the case off a white flower on. Like I showed you earlier. We come bring it out by adding paint around thes floor world. So I will do that when this has dried. You know, we'll just keep adding my green to the sketch. - Okay , I'll let this dry and to the flowerpot, I'll pick up the same brown as before, and I'm just going around my pencil lines and trying to make a mess with this. It's a little bit more, um, complicated when you use a water brush so you can't get the fine lines that you usually get . It was a what? Picker. So you simply go around. These spread the Pickman so its not too dark. It looks a little bit more random. A man. You can see that the wide stands out beautifully from from the darker background can even add a little bit more to add contrast. - This is a great way to add color on the go when you're outside. Yeah, I hope youll have fun with your own sketches in this way, and now I will try and remove this little one from my painting. So let's take a look at what we did today. So I managed to fill an entire page in my nature journal on this hike, and there were some unexpected guests, so I'm happy I was able to sketch thes and see these little birds, and I will verify the name off them at home. I have a pretty good idea what the's are But I will come check this at home so you can see they're still a little bit of space down here. I will probably add a bit more text. And what I'd like to do is add a few more colored dots. So a color chart would be nice. Maybe off the different colors and the different greens that I saw today. But all in all, I'm pretty happy with what I found so far and what I observed today in my sketchbook. 7. Text Notes And Color Charts: I'd like to introduce you to another right here. Fore nature journaling. And this is collecting the different colors that you can see while you're outside, or even just the different queens at this time off. The year I think there are these wonderful different colors all around before the means, um, turned to a little more uniform. Look, we're in summer, so I really love these all kinds of different spring greens. And you can do this by making these color charts, and I'm going to show you just what I mean by that Here, the color chart that I did for this, these drawings off house Martin and these are just explore. What kind of colors do I need? What kind of colors do I see? Another example would be here, which is very fitting as it's another page, um, from made from hike May from a day out hide, and you can see all these kind of different colors that I was able to see in the forest on that day. So I think there's a very clear idea if you maybe don't have too much time to do a whole page, you can still pick up your colors and just recall the different colors that you can see outside. So let's try this on the bottom of this page, where there's still a little bit of place. So I have my palette here, and I already have arrest off this sort off Stocker Green. It's, um, some emotional sap green, I would say. And what I like to do with my greens is take a little bit off the intensity off by adding just a bit off orange or red to it, and you will see it will turn just a little bit warmer and a little bit more natural. So for me, that's a great way to get a natural green on, especially if you use premixed greens. All these so called convenience greens you can often see like this. May green. This is a if we makes green that I like to use in spring, and you can see that this is really, really ah, a little bit, almost garish. So I like to pick up past the tiny bit of orange, and it's we'll make it a bit better, bit more natural Now. I know that many dark greens outside, and you can also see with the tailor green that I just picked up. This is another, um very I'm natural green. That's grateful mixing. So this is why I picked. But you do have to do something to it before you put it on the page. I was just saying that there are not that many dark wings yet, but a few plans have already shown they doctor queens and especially those plants that stay green throughout the year. Depending on where you live, you might have more off these or all s. It's more like like a turn green that I have here having a little bit of olive too. Who, already getting my selection of these, These queens. So adding more transparent yellow, maybe even more. Some of these spring greens are really lied and soft on almost helpless. This yellow wish touch to it. Experiment with this a little bit. You could see I could go on and on and also add, of course, all of the other colors that I saw. So we did have I only bought yellow plans. Um, have a rest off this very night, I think, which is kind of swamping, and you can get this by mixing Connect with a rose on this buff titanium on my yellow will give you this sort of soft pink color. And what I also saw Waas sort of more like you're Ping for some flowers. And some of the spring flowers have a very nice you took. I left. So these are just some of the problems that I saw and he could continue like this. I think I do have more than enough Connors. Um, as I showed earlier, if you make maybe something like a color wheel or a little block off colors that can show what kind off colors you you saw And this can be if you do this for every season this off for every month, This can be a very nice account off the changing seasons, too. So I think this page looks already nice as it is. And at this stage, all I want to add is, um, in a few places, some finishing touches to pull it all together a little bit more. And what I'll be using for this is my fountain pen, which has waterproof ink so you could actually use it in the beginning when you at the text and then go over it with water color. And I also have thes two color pencils here, so I'll be adding a little bit more detail in some places, and this is nothing you have to do. But I just think the page will look a little bit nicer if you do. So the first thing is I'm going to and, um, the ink to my writing, so I'm I'll just go over it. As I said, if you do this from the beginning, then you don't have to do this. And you could even leave this in pencil for the whole page. For the sake of this class, I want to add a little bit off. Think so? You can better see what? How my writing it's spread throughout the page. So I'm just repeating all the things that I noted that I noticed about these different plans on may be adding some some things here and there. Remember when I encountered thes birds? I didn't have time to show what I was sketching, but now I'm just adding all my notes and what I observed actually researched thes birth, and it turns out they're called black caps in English. Um, so that was a nice detail. I thought so. He has actually this black cap on his head, and the female has this, um, light brown cap, and they were singing very nicely. Another thing that I remember from the Solaiman Seal is that it had thes docker veins. So I will just at thes and a few places with my pencil so you can get similar lines if huge turn your fountain pen around or your dignity if you're using a dip, nip. And what I like about fountain pens is that you can get a more varied line from these than if you would just use something like thes fine liners. So these are bills, so you can get really uniform line. And I don't really like this for these natural subjects where you will sometimes have movement. And I think it's nice to have the ability to change your lines a little bit. Okay. And when this is dried, I will erase the pencil underneath. Another thing that I noticed about using the this water tank brush for my watercolor is that this always makes such, um, watery washes. So what I want to do now is similar to to this page is to add a little bit more definition and smooth out some off these colors a bit more so that it will look a little bit nicer, actually, true to the plant that as I was seeing it. And so I'm using this May green here, and this is actually sap green. So these are two very nice colors from these. I always use fabricas tell. These are poli chrome owes. They also have, um what a color pencils, which you can wet with water. Um, there really similar and off good quality. So that's what I like to use. And while I'm doing this, I'm still trying to keep in mind that I don't want to ever work my sketches because, after all, that's just what they are. They're sketches, and they're meant to be a little bit, um, you know, unfinished. And I think that's nice, the nice quality about these pages, and I think that already does it no, onto my erase off. And so I think now this is a really nice page that shows all the different plants and animals that I encountered on my hike in the forest 8. Sketching Butterflies: So one thing that is so lovely about spring is that insects are returning to the nature seem so to speak. And, yeah, On my hike in the forest, I saw quite a few different species off butterflies and also bees and, um, beetles. And I thought, Why not sketch them? So while I didn't find the time to observe butterflies up close, or sometimes you are in luck and you know there are plans that are in bloom and there are a lot of butterflies and sometimes you just encounter two or three, and particularly when you're under trees there certain butterflies that you will see often , but they don't really stay in one place. So in this case, it's also fine to just, um, see them, note them, make make a loose sketch and then return to to the observation at home way. You can use a photo, so I'm also working with the reference here, and what I'm starting with is sort off the part where the legs are sitting, and then this one has a small body. So I will just indicate the body with the head on the antenna, and then the wings are obviously the biggest taught. And these, uh, in Germany, on German, they're called or Rolla Butterfly, and I learned that these are called orange tips and English turn. This is because they have their white and they have this big all Runge part at the top here . So this just what I'm going to to sketch in, actually from the outside So you can see that this one has folded its wings going to add a little bit more I because butterflies have a lot off, have large eyes and actually from the outside, he can see that they have these these markings. But I'm just going to indicate this and few places. Sometimes you can see the veins on the wings. So and a technique I like to use for butterflies is add a few off the details with cannot pencils so well, actually, start with that. And for the rest off the body, I will use watercolor. So yes, this dark grey, almost a little bit bluish body. And for the for delicate parts, I will return to color pencils because it's a lot easier to add. Call a pencil. Lines this sin Another thin layer off watercolor to make this glow a little bit more. Okay, this is drying. It's still unfinished. While this is drying, I'm going to sketch it when the wings are folded open. I don't think about where you want your sketch to be first. So you know you will need for this butterfly which a symmetrical you will need a little bit off space. So when you start with the middle part with the body part, make sure you have enough space on the left and the right to actually add the wings to it. So it sometimes can be a little bit difficult to get the symmetry ride for the East. So what you can do is sort off, make thes little dots as a measurement help, and then try and and connect them. So as I'm indicating the veins on the butterflies leaves, I also can observe that between these veins, the wing, the wings edge, actually has this little kind off indentation. So I make sure to add this to and since this is a nature journal, I'm also going to make a note about this, says the first layer. I'm again adding a bit of what color for the body before, right At more color, I can actually go in and add a few off the veins with my with a gray color pencil. So you could also use a pencil for this. And since this little guy is dry now, I can add a bit more detail here and there. So I will start with the antennas and you can see that it's really easier to keep thin lines when you're using colored pencils. So these are great tool to use. So now these outer brown areas are dry and I can actually add a light orange LAIA. So I'm leaving a few places white here, and this gives it the indication of movement. And one thing that you can't see yet is that the outer part off thes Brown tips actually has some almost wide and sort off yellow little tips at these indentations here. And so I'll add a note about this, and in a minute I'll show you how you can make this white butterfly pop out a little more from the page. Okay, so one trick to make this butterfly stand out a bit more IHS, too, at a background, and I will do this with the mix off some slightly dirty green so you can see I'm just mixing my green with a bit off brown here, and I'm going to apply this and a very, very watered diluted way around the edge off the wing. And as long as it's still wet, I can use this and sort of dragged out from the edge a little bit, and this will give it the appearance off a background. So So you need to be a little bit careful when you come to this edge and you don't need a lot off pain, either. And you can see that the text that I added with a fountain pen earlier doesn't smudge or smear in any way on. That's because I used this waterproof ink for for my writing. So with this trick, you can make white animals or white parts off flowers stand out a little bit more, and what I'm going to do now is add last bit off detail with this or runs or dark yellow colored pencil, and I'm not sure if you can actually see this, but it adds a bit more texture, too, to the whole thing. You could even go in with your colored pencil and add some structure to the background if you like. - And the last thing that I will add all these light yellow dots. Okay. And I think that does it for this butterfly. 9. Drawing A Map: So another technique that can be really fun to explore in your nature journal is making a map off the area that you were in and for me actually have this hiking map. And the point about this is you don't need to make an exact map because this is what you have your actual map for. But rather remember that shows where you may be found, observed thing certain planned certain animals and just a fun way to recollect your thoughts and give a little bit off visual interest. And so let's see how we can do this. Going to move this over a little bit so that you can see it actually started here in the town and then went out here. And here's where you can park your car. And I went round all this hill and then up here to this room. There's a medieval room up here and then back and around this hill and then back into town and the area I would like to concentrate on us, this one, because this is where all the fun stuff. So let's see if we can get this approximately right. As I said, you don't need to to have an exact copy. So I'd say up here is, uh, rules. And I will I will at the text with my pen in a minute. So I'm just trying. And then we have this sort off round path here around the hill and and down, and this is the rest off the path that goes into town. And that's actually another ruin up here that you can't really see. So this is I think I on our stone age, and this is a medieval ruins, so here some rests off of it, which is pretty cool. Okay, so this is the path, And then what's also fun to add Are these little rivers here, So I will try. And at this so one I actually had to cross. So this will be my It's more river. And then we have this one, which is a little bit bigger, but it's probably a creek, and this is close to where maybe a creek to. But so this is the EMS. So let's at this. This is the name of the creek. And here we have Castle Rune. And here we have, you know, when you know a little bit off lettering you could also at this, but it's really not. You can just use your handwriting if that's all you can do. So you can see this little house here on the map. This a little, um, picnic heart or protection hot. I will draw it in now for the fun part I want to add. So I know that South off this area there were actually a lot of fields. So I'm just going to to draw that in here and then maybe add a little bit off a field when I'm, um, and in color. And now here, I want to add This is, um, Forest Green. This way goes back to tone, and it might look a still a little bit weird because I haven't added any color yet. So let's do that just now. So I know I want some dark green for the forest, steep heart off this. So I'll need a little bit darkest green for this. And the first thing that I'm going to add is just a layer off off green. So I know that all of this year's forest we will add a few details for this later, so Don't worry if this looks a bit too uniform right now, leave a bit off space for for you. Leave a bit off space for your blue line for your little creek here. And as for the fields, I know they should be a little bit lighter, and I want some kind of texture or structure in them. So I'm thinking this lighter green is actually very nice, I might add, even a little bit more yellow. And then let's try something, something like this. Like thes stripes. I think that will make for nice fields. So I'm thinking off cornrows now for our little creek. I will need some blue I will add in this little hot with colored pencil and then I want to add in the path that I took So I will stop back here at ruin. You could also use watercolor or wash for this. If you don't like, read them, feel free to use. I'm a different kind of. So I know there are more field year, and I think it might be nice to have a few individual treats on the map. I almost forgot to draw in the actual castle room. Um there's not much left. So, um, approximately looks like this is this big wall and then has an opening like a window have a you bricks that you can see and already about. So I should have added it before I added the text, but it doesn't really matter. So think you can see it either way. So here's our little picnic hot, maybe just a hut to it. And then I can if I still want to add something, I could add, um, a few special places where I had encounters with nature or where I found certain things. So I know that just before I got to that little heart, I saw an arc it. So I will had our kids to this every, uh And when I waas back here somewhere, I actually heard And Ravens, So one cool thing might be at a Ravens. So since he is a little bit crowded area, I will try and at it here and then this area here The forest was a little bit lighter, so there were actually lots off butterflies. So I will add these this butterfly image to my map. So the last thing that while I will actually add some hard data. So this is just the height off the hills. Okay. Okay. So let's give this a title, Andi. Then we're done. So all in all, I think this is a really fun technique to record the details of what you observed in your nature journal. And if you have a page like this, then you can get a feeling where you saw what And, um, yeah, where your Your walk through the woods or through nature? Uh um, lead you. 10. Sketching Birds With A Trick: I've shown you different techniques to do nature journaling while you're outside. And there's another technique that you could use without leaving your house and still do natural jelling So and this is watching birds over the Internet. Under this, I don't mean photos, but Webcams. So you all know that I love birds. I particularly left sketching them from life, observing them that often times I know it can be really hard to get a good look at birds he saw on the other day when I'm Waas outside that I didn't even get to show how I made my quick sketch because it all happened so quickly. So one excellent way to get an intimate look at birds are webcams, and there are certain nesting webcams. I will link this in the project descriptions that you can follow. And here, for example, we see the live webcam off a stork's nest, and I find these to be a really great way to be close to birds and to observe their behavior. And, um, you can even sketch from thes So these are life. You could take screenshots, but I really like to look at birds behavior just like I would when I'm out in nature and then try to make my quick sketches, my abs. Erving's cause you can also have sound, Um, sometimes you will see a look. You will, of course, not be able to see what he does when he flies away and maybe stuff that's happening in the background. But I think it's such a great thing to to do so that you can observe these animals in the natural environment. So, um yeah, I'd like to take the opportunity and sketch along with these stocks a little bit. Right now, it looks like he's preening himself, So let's see if I can get it. Good grasp of that. And one thing, um, about these bigger birds like storks is that the, ah, a little bit easier to sketch them smaller boats because they usually don't move around that much. Of course, right now he's in a very moving phase off off his day, but that's all right. So I'm just trying to make very, very light sketches. As the bird is tending to his young and I'm imagining he's making sure that everything is clean and the nest I usually start with body because that's the part that sort of usually stay still and doesn't move a lot. And when I see that the bird has changed its posture than I can start, the next drawing on moved to a different part, and this really forces you to make loose and quick sketches. So it's really great to to build your your drawing skills to. You can see this is really the the less glamorous part of nature journaling. So these are really loose sketches. They, um I'm not that pretty, but I think they're really important, too, for learning these more, trusting your lines and trusting the process and learning to make loose lines. Often you can learn how the feathers are organized. So when the birds are preening, then you can see how. Actually, the feather groups can all come together. So the stock actually has this nice group of feathers on his breast, and and sometimes when they move a lot, then you can sort of do two sketches and one so the body stays the same. Then you could just change the position off the head. So he just took a branch and rearranged it in the nests edge So it's probably a bit off reconstruction going on here, Some with this. I just want to show you how quickly you can fill a page with riel live riel time observation off living animals off birds. And you don't even have to leave your home for this. So I think that's a really great way Teoh to get some observation And, um, you know, practice your drawing skills. Okay? I will add just a tiny bit of color to some of thes sketches. I think you do their rough nature. They're not really You don't really have to add that much pain, but you can definitely do this if you I feel like it. So you can at least indicate the feather groups. And like the sketches, I want to keep this very, very loose. So don't overwork any off this. So their little stalks have these gray beaks and they look a little bit less fluffy. Them the adult and of course, yes, the red beaks. So you sort of have a timeline going on here, which I think is really interesting. So you can see different position that the bird head can't even indicate this by making these lines. Okay, I think for ah, quick page with lots of individual images and very moving targets, that's a nice result. So given to try, it's really fun, and it will really lose new up, and you can practice your drawing skills. But this technique 11. Your Project & Final Thoughts: I love to see pages from your nature Journal in spring. Please create a project with one of the techniques, All right, years that I've shown in the class. This can be mixing color charts with your greens drawing spring flowers, butterflies making a small map or review into a bird webcam. I'm not your work to the project gallery to share your results with class. And please let me encourage you to also post your experiments because we can really learn a lot from these. So I hope you've enjoyed this class on creating art in your nature journal in spring. And I hope you've learned a few fun ways to observe nature and draw outside. If you want to be notified about more classes like this, then follow me here on skill share. And I also be happy if you left a review for this class. Thank you very much. I hope this was useful for you and see you outside and here on skill share.