Our Beloved Nature Journals
This time of year is an opportunity to reflect on our goals and habits. I don’t know about you but one thing that has been a little neglected over the last year is my nature journal. Paging through the completed journals gives such a sense of accomplishment, each page a nugget of learning from your nature study. Making time to create a page takes your outdoor experiences, your thoughts, new ideas or facts, and makes them tangible.
Let’s do better in 2015!
I jotted down a list of journal ideas for each month of 2015. Creating a page a month will be a simple and reachable goal and I hope it will help you and your family to complete a few pages too.
Let’s keep it simple. Pull your nature journal off the shelf or out of your backpack and take a look at what you have done so far and decide if your journal choice is inspiring you or hindering you.
Or, if you are new to nature journaling, take a trip to the office supply store and look over your journal choices. It is important to like the feel and size of your journal. I like to use sketchbooks but some people like to use fancier journals.
Here are a couple I have used in the past and really liked. They lie flat, are spiral bound, and they hold up to just about any medium I want to use (including watercolor with varying results).
Canson Universal Sketch Paper Pad
Pacon 4794 Art1st Sketch Diary
I have tried to use the more traditional style of sketchbook for my nature journal and decided I don’t like the way the book doesn’t lie flat and the pages are too slippery. But, many people love the look and feel of the Moleskine style journal.
Moleskine Art Plus Sketchbook
The point is not to get hung up on choosing a journal but just pick one and get started!
I use a variety of things to write in my journal. If you have a good black pen you like pull that out and keep it with your journal. Gel pens, Prismacolor markers, and Prismacolor watercolor pencils round out my nature journal writing and sketching choices. Don’t forget a good old No. 2 pencil is always handy for making quick sketches in your journal.
Other items that may be helpful include a small ruler, a jar lid for making circles, double sided tape to adhere items in your nature journal, a pencil sharpener, and a small cup and paint brush for working with watercolor pencils.
You can also see my Nature Journal Ideas page for more suggestions.
Tomorrow I will post the first nature journal page idea. This will give you the rest of the month to spend some time outdoors as part of the Outdoor Hour Challenge or other family activity and then create a journal using the suggestion.
I am wondering if there is enough interest to create a Pinterest Board for participants to share an image of the completed pages. If you think you would like to create a page and share it in this way, leave me a comment or send me an email. We could make it a group Pinterest Board just like the Nature Photo of the Week project.
Nature Journal 2015 Project!