Once a Month Nature Journal – Watercolors

Once a Month Nature Journal Project Watercolors @handbookofnaturestudy

Once a Month Journal Project – May 2016


When I first started nature journaling, I was afraid to use watercolors directly on my journal page. I was afraid of making a mistake that I couldn’t cover up or that the watercolors would somehow ruin my journal. I have found several tricks to using watercolors in my journal and I want to not only share them with you in this entry but encourage you to try this art media in your own journal soon.

Here are a few entries that you may be interested in viewing for tips in using watercolors:

Watercolor Ideas on my Harmony Art Mom blog - Prang watercolors and if you scroll down to the bottom of this entry there are links to my daughter’s watercolor tutorials (some are videos)

Watercolor Quick Sketch in the Garden – Koi watercolor review

Watercolor Pencil 101 Tutorial – video and printable

Watercolor Block Journal Idea

Watercolor Crayons - video

Nature Journal Page Ideas

  • Use the watercolors as a background for your nature journal entry by painting a whole page and then letting it dry before writing on it.
  • Use the watercolors to make boxes for captions.
  • Use the watercolors to create a border around the edges of your page.
  • Use the watercolors to record the subject of your nature study – especially nice for flowers and birds.
  • Create a title using watercolors.
  • Watercolor on a separate piece of paper and then adhere the paper onto your nature journal page.

Depending on how wet you get your page and the thickness of your page, I have found that using watercolors does no lasting harm to your nature journal. I usually don’t watercolor on the back of a completed page….just in case. I also leave my journal open until the page is all the way dry so the paints don’t bleed over onto the facing page. If you are unsure how the watercolors are going to react in your journal, do a test page!

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.

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 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.


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  1. Grace Johnston says:

    Please add me to your Pinterest board. I’d like to join in. Thanks!

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