Inspiration! Day 4 of International Nature Journaling Week “Back to Basics”

June 1st – 7th marks the annual International Nature Journaling Week (INJW) hosted by the amazing podcast @journalingwithnature! This year’s theme is “Back to Basics” — slowing down, noticing your nearby nature, and getting your thoughts, words, sketches and numbers onto the pages of your sketchbook. Each day has a theme that focuses on an important value of nature journaling. The schedule, themes along with inspiring videos and nature resources can all be found at

INJW Day 4 Inspiration! PART I

๐ŸŒฟ The seed of inspiration for me to learn nature journaling was planted by the @journalingwithnature podcast 2 years ago and sprouted through all of the amazing guests!

๐Ÿ“’ To learn and practice more, today I started working on my Master of Field Arts guide book by @roseannhanson!

โœ Session 1 was all about embracing the versatility of the pencil — value shading, dot mapping & gesture sketching!

โœ I also discovered The Parable of the Pencil which is super inspiring and applicable to life in so many ways!

INJW Day 4 Inspiration! PART II

โ˜• On Creativity day (Day 3), I experimented with creating simple botanical watercolor using items from the kitchen — turmeric & coffee! I was really pleased with how they worked on my journal page.

๐ŸŒฑ On my morning nature walk today, I grabbed a handful of ripe salmon berries and was inspired to make a beautiful salmon colored watercolor!

The two green bottles are antiques that my grandfather had collected, so it was really special to use them!

There is a lot to discover right in our own back yard! Hope you find some treasures in your nearby nature!


Nature discoveries on Instagram: @iamchasingbutterflies


2 thoughts on “Inspiration! Day 4 of International Nature Journaling Week “Back to Basics”

  1. Iโ€™m intrigued by several things (likely related) in this Day 4 Inspiration post. What is this about Roseann Hansonโ€™s Master of Field Arts book? I love your continued experiments with coffee and turmeric, and now salmonberry, but how do the antique vases relate! So much fun! Thanks again for sharing Karen.


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