Just One Piece Of Advice…

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A lady on the Charlotte Mason Nature Journaling group on Facebook recently posted the question “If you had just one piece of advice for nature journaling, what would it be?”

I thought this was a great question, and wanted to share with you my answer.

My piece of advice would be to just do it. Go to your local art shop and pick up a journal for each of your children, and one for yourself.  If you cannot draw, that’s all the better, because then your children will see you struggling to learn something new, and it’s a good reminder for us mums to have the feeling of the difficulty of pressing on with learning a new skill. Don’t get caught up in finding the perfect journal, just buy something with medium weight paper, medium texture (not too rough, not too smooth.) Get everyone a pencil. (You can also pick up coloured pencils or watercolours, but if you are feeling overwhelmed, just get everyone a pencil. Also buy a local field guide specific to your area. Mark off a time on your calendar once a week for nature study. Decide where you are going. Go to the same place every week. Your own garden (if you have one) counts. So does a walk around your neighbourhood. When the time for nature study comes, get everyone dressed in weather appropriate clothing and go for a walk. As long or a short as you like. Twenty minutes is fine. You do not have to set off for an all day Pinterest-worthy adventure! While you are out, ask the children to look for something.  ‘Signs that autumn is here’, or ‘signs winter in on the way’, are some ideas, but go with whatever you like. Ask them to find a small nature treasure to take home. (No fallen tree branches necessary!) Once home, sit everyone at the table with their journals (you too, mum!) and have everyone draw what they brought home. Gently remind them to ‘draw what they see, not what they think they see.’ Give them hot chocolate and cake while they draw. As they ask questions, look up the answers in your field guide. Discuss. Done!

I am not totally sure that counts as one piece of advice, but I hope it is helpfuln!

Painting An Acorn In My Nature Journal

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This week I sketched an acorn and the last of the Ragwort growing in the meadow. The past week has been very wet, dark, and dreary, though the beautiful autumn foliage is definitely brightening the landscape.

This week’s video:

The supplies I used:

Moleskine diary

Fountain Pen with waterproof ink

Da Vinci 1503 size 8 watercolour brush

Watercolours:

  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Raw Umber
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Ultra Marine
  • Cadmium Red
  • Shadow Violet
  • Naples Yellow

This is  just a short video to share how I work. I would love to hear how you create.

Painting An Oak Leaf In My Nature Journal

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This week I sketched an Oak leaf, a Rose Bay Willow Herb leaf, and the waning Hunters’ Moon. So many moons this year have been golden, this was was a beautiful, glowing silver.

This week’s video:

The supplies I used:

Moleskine diary

Fountain Pen with waterproof ink

Da Vinci 1503 size 8 watercolour brush

Watercolours:

  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Raw Umber
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Ultra Marine
  • Cadmium Red
  • Shadow Violet

This is  just a short video to share how I work. I would love to hear how you create.

Hips And Haws

 

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I have been quite poorly this week, so I was bursting to get out for a walk this morning.

Unfortunately Rose has now caught my cold, so it was just me and my big girl.

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It was damp & chilly, but not too cold. We enjoyed the colours that are beginning to change.

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The hedgerows are bursting, and we collected hips and haws.

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Once back at home, we settled in for apple cake, knitting, and a spooky tale: The Canterbury Ghost by Oscar Wilde

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Elianna is knitting a hat with her own hand-dyed yarn.

I am working on socks for Elianna

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We crafted winter posies from the hips and haws; jewell-bright reminders of the natural world to brighten our days.

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Happy exploring!

Painting Hawthorne Berries In My Nature Journal

This week I sketched some Hawthorne berries, a Sycamore leaf, and the full, Hunters’ Moon. The hedgerows are bursting with Hawthorne berries right now; the landscapes are abundant in such bright, beautiful colours.
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This week’s video:

The supplies I used:

Moleskine diary

Fountain Pen with waterproof ink

Da Vinci 1503 size 8 watercolour brush

Watercolours:

  • Cadmium Red
  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Raw Umber
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Cobalt Turquoise
  • Ultra Marine

White Gel Pen for highlights

This is  just a short video to share how I work. I would love to hear how you create.

Do come over to the private FaceBook group for families working with their children to encourage one another in our journaling pursuits. It would be lovely to see you there.

The Charlotte Mason Nature Journaling FaceBook Group