Spring is my favorite time to nature journal. So many things feel new and bright and beautiful I want to collect them all. Usually, during art time, I would read aloud to the kids and they would do their art. As the time went on though, I started really wanting to participate with the art side and not just the literature side. So we listened to Swallows and Amazons on audio and I joined in! We have continued through the entire Swallows and Amazons series, and we are now on to Anne of Green Gables, enjoying great literature and art at the same time!
I started with little sketches as I watched out the window and listened to the story.
Quickly it evolved into whole pages being dedicated to a moment where I was watching birds chase each other around our flowering cherry tree.
I even felt inspired to write a little poetry… although simple, it caught the way I felt at the moment.
Writing in my journal helps inspire my kids art as well, and Cyan has started her own journal:
Watching how the practice helps her improve is my favorite part!
Do you ever nature journal? What inspires you to do art?