Watercolor Block Nature Journal Idea

Watercolor Block Nature Journal Button

I really like to play with watercolors in my nature journal…it is a wonderful way to brighten up a rather ordinary idea for a journal page.

I try to periodically record random thoughts and ideas in my nature journal….keeping a record of what activities we have been doing or things we have observed that don’t necessarily merit a whole journal page. Lists are an easy nature journal technique and even the most beginning of journalers can do a list.

So combining both ideas into this Watercolor Block Nature Journal suggestion seemed the perfect blend of color and simplicity.

Watercolor Set from Prang

Start by using your favorite watercolors. When I want to be super fast, I pull out my Prang Semi-Moist Watercolors. I also recommend using a larger flat brush which makes it easy to make big splotches of color.

Watercolor block journal
Freehand some color blocks using colors to match your particular season or subject. Make some blocks tall and some wide. You don’t have to put as many blocks as I did if you want to make it even simpler or if you are doing this activity with a young child.

Let the page dry and then record your thoughts. I use Prismacolor Markers in my nature journal (I wrote a review of these markers HERE). I made sure to use one of the color blocks for the month and year. You could even sketch something in one of the blocks if you want to since this is your nature journal. I love to do make some doodle-style frames for my color blocks with swirls, dots, and dashes. Be creative and have some fun!

If you are reading this in a reader or an email, the Amazon links for the watercolors and Prismacolor Markers may not show below. You will need to click over to the blog to see which ones I use.


  1. Love this! Thanks for fun, new ideas for nature journals.

  2. Love it Barb! Great idea. The simple things are usually the best. Thanks for sharing ALL you do!

  3. I realy like this block idea. We’ll try it out soon!

  4. I recently bought myself a nature/sketch journal. I am nowhere near the creativity level as my kids but I wanted to join in. This is right up my alley – not expecting fancy sketches but using creativity to record special things to me – LOVE it!

  5. How very fun! Definitely going to try this!

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