1/17/20 Nature Journaling with John Muir Laws

Nature Journaling is a tool to enhance your exploration and appreciation of the natural world. 

John Muir Laws guides us through various techniques, such as using diagrams, written notes, and quick sketches, to enhance our ability to observe and record what we see on our travels. Every month, nature aficionados of every age and every level join us as we explore a technique or tool that can be used right away.

Join Naturalist John Muir Laws at the EcoCenter for a Nature Journaling workshop once a month. Whether you are new to Nature Journaling, or you are a veteran, this workshop is accessible and helps anyone use a notebook and pencil to deepen their connection to nature and observation skills when they are enjoying the outdoors.

The workshop will happen at the same time each month, but the topics will be different. All ages and experience levels are welcome. See the Nature Journal Club website for more details.

Upcoming dates at the EcoCenter on Friday after the second Tuesday from 2:30-4:00 pm:

Over the last year, my eyes have opened to exciting new ways that we can use our nature journals. It starts with observation and wonder, then moves onto the page with words pictures and numbers. But then opens up into an exciting and creative range of possibilities.

In this class, we will broaden your horizons of what you can do on a journal page, give you a list of creative and playful elements to include, tools to explore mysteries, projects to jumpstart creative exploration, strategies to sharpen aspects of your journal work, and lots of examples that will make you say “wow” and then “I can do that too”!

All ages and experience levels are welcome.  No registration necessary, $20 suggested donation.


A Waterbrush is a Field Sketcher’s Best Friend 

The waterbrush is an amazing little tool that revolutionized the way I paint, sketch, and journal. They make the logistics of watercolor, watercolor pencils, water-soluble pencils, or water-soluble pen washes easier in the field.

In this class, you will explore techniques with watercolor and soluble pens and pencils that will help you quickly add color and value to your sketches. learn how to make a waterbrush graded wash, use soluble pens and pencils for fast value studies. Learn to wrangle watercolor pencils. And learn how to use the Kuretake flat brush to get easy, amazing and beautiful effects. I will have some Pentel waterbrushes for sale but I am not sure I can get the Kuretake brushes in stock before the class. I suggest ordering one now to bring to the workshop. Heck, get two so you can give one to a friend…

  • Tools-Bring em if you have em
  • Sketchbook
  • Pentel Arts Aquash Large Fine Point Waterbrush
  • Kuretake Fude Water Brush Pen, Flat Type, 2 Heads (KG205-70)
  • Watercolor set
  • Watercolor Pencils (water-soluble pencils) If you do not have any, consider a small set of Faber Castel Albrecht Durrer watercolor pencils They are a little more expensive but really good.
  • Water Soluble graphite pencil
  • Pilot razor point pen (or other water-soluble fiber tip pen)
  • A rag, or a section of an old cotton sock