Once a Month Nature Journal – Trace an Object

Once a Month Nature Journal Project Trace an Object @handbookofnaturestudy

Once a Month Journal Project – November 2015

I had fun looking back through our nature journals to find pages where we traced objects rather than sketching. This is a simple and non-threatening way to get reluctant journalers to actually create a visual record of an object they study from their outdoor experiences. Use a pencil to outline the shape and then go back with colored pencils to add the details.

Nature Journal Page Ideas:

  • Gather several smaller items to trace for your nature journal. Look for a collection of items from one subject like a leaf, small cone, an acorn, or a seed pod from a backyard tree.
  • Trace the outline of an item and then use the shape contain your journal writing.
  • Trace the outline with pencil and then use watercolors or crayons to finish up the artwork.
  • Challenge your older children to trace an item and then fill in with as much detail as possible.

Don’t miss this! I have created a Pinterest Board for journal page examples. I will label each entry with the prompt that describes it best for future reference.

Previous Month’s Ideas:

January – Nature Journal With a Photo

February- Nature Journal Out Your Window

March – Use Numbers

April – Collections

May – Signs

June - Sketch Outdoors

July – Using Your 5 Senses

August – Make a List

September - Colors!

October – Maps

If you would like to contribute to the board, you will need to follow this Pinterest Board and then leave me a comment letting me know you want to be added. Important: If you contribute to the board, you need to include in your description the prompt it is featuring.

Sample: Our The Window Nature Journal

If you don’t include a description using one of the monthly journal prompts, I may remove it. This is not a board to post general nature journal pages. It is strictly for pages created using one of the twelve monthly prompts as part of this project.

Please note that you are not committed to make a journal each month…participate as you can and share your results to encourage others.
Once a Month Nature Journal Project @handbookofnaturestudy


  1. I would like to contribute to your Once a Month Pinterest page. I don’t really know how to do that, but I’m hoping that if you add me it will become apparent. Thanks.

    • You need to follow the board over on Pinterest and then leave me a comment here with your Pinterest name so I can invite you. :)

  2. Melanie [email protected] msjschole. I love your boards and all your ideas. We’re currently using your grade 2 HarmonyFine Arts ebook. It’s wonderful! The links make it so easy and we love the Artistic Pursuit book. And this Handbook Of Nature study is so much fun. You are a valuable resource! Thank you.

    • Barb McCoy says:

      Thank you for expressing your thoughts…I do so appreciate hearing how I have helped your family in some way with your homeschooling. Hugs!

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