Autumn Watercolor Nature Journal Idea

Up in the Desolation Wilderness, we enjoyed a walk along Lily Lake (see Glen Alpine Springs). The view said autumn and the sunshine felt glorious. Sitting on a rock for a few minutes, we were able to take in the scene and make an autumn afternoon memory.

We also took a long bike ride along the bike trail at South Lake Tahoe. The day was a perfect to be enjoying the colors, sights, and sounds of autumn. The aspens were past prime but there were other trees, shrubs, and ferns that contributed to the golden glow of the day.

We made a side trip to go view the Kokanee salmon that are spawning in Taylor Creek right now. No bears this year but we did see and hear three hawks and also observed signs of beaver activity.

I used fall colors to make a border and now I will journal my thoughts in the blank space.

I brought along my nature journal and watercolors and came up with a way to create a simple and easy journal page as we sat and enjoyed the afternoon sunshine. I chose my favorite fall colors, making an abstract border and then added a title box with my sky-blue color paint. Now that I am home and have a few minutes, I will journal our experiences during our hike and bike ride.

My tip for using watercolors in your nature journal – Keep it easy and fun…be inspired by your outdoor time.

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  1. Thank you for your constant inspiration and encouragement. I love the salmon picture.

  2. Great, simple way to make a nature journal look so pretty =) Thanks for sharing!

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