Guest Post: Nature Art Journal

Guest Post: Nature Art Journal

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Kendra has an amazing blog, I love her posts talking about what she does during the day and she’s got some wonderful photographs, they all look so dreamy. Besides she’s a super creative person take a look at her blog and you’ll see ūüôā

I’m Kendra, a blogger, artist and dreamer extraordinaire just trying to make the best of each day. I try to be creative, and do things I’m most passionate about, including reading as often as possible. I have unhealthy obsessions with zombies, Star Wars, coffee, blogging, cuddling, art journaling, photography, reading, and picnics…among other things.

I blog at Like a Bird and tweet as well! I love to make new blog friends so I hope to see you around!

Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog

Today, for the No Spend August I wanted to share something free you can do and still stay creative.

One of my favorite ways to stay creative on a daily basis is to work in an art journal. They are personal, therapeutic and welcoming. You can use it for anything you want and there is no right or wrong. You can use your art journal to experiment with new technique or supplies, you can use it as a sketchbook and practice drawing, you can write quotes, play with typography, use it as a scrapbook, you can throw paint on it or doodle in it. The ways to use and work in an art journal is endless.

When you are lusting over some new art supplies, different kinds of paints or pencils, it’s tough to not spend money (trust me, I know!)…so I’ll show you a way to gather supplies without spending anything!

Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog

I’m going to outline a day for a you, something you can do to be creative and spend no money:

Wake up early, before it gets too hot out. Pack a lunch for two, a blanket, your art journal, a pen, your camera, music and don’t forget to bring your significant other (or best friend) along.

Take a drive to a park, maybe try a new one, somewhere farther away than you would usually go.

When you first get there, spend some time enjoying the smells, the sounds and the feel of nature all around you.

Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog

When you feel ready, take a walk…as far and slow as you feel the need to go. Keep your eye out for plants, flowers, twigs and feathers and anything pretty you see. Stick these things into your journal. Be sure to keep your camera (or phone in my case) handy and take lots of pictures.

Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog

Be sure to employ the help of your lovely significant other (or friend), to look about the forest with you in search of pretty things to collect. (it’s also good to have him on look out for poison ivy, which was in abundance in the forest we visited.)

Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog

The little path we took was about half a mile and then opened to a park with a lake. I always prefer going to parks with a variety of landscapes. Forest, open grass, a little mountain in the background and 2 lovely lakes.

Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog

Be sure to sit down for your picnic, or to sketch what’s around you. Your sketches an be quick, rough drafts that you will use later in your journal..

And continue taking photos and collecting things.

Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog

When you’ve had your picnic, enjoyed the day and your sketchbook is filled to the bring with loot, go on home and sort through what you got. Some of it might have bugs you need to clean off, or unusable for one reason or another (I collected about 20 feathers and ended up keeping about 12 because I had a lot that were the same or were too torn up and couldn’t use.)

My loot from the day:
Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog
Everything I ended up keeping. Once I finished going through it all, I separated it and put it back in the sketchbook to press.

Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog
One of my favorite finds. I don’t know what it was from but I love the shapes of it. Be sure to keep an eye out for unique shapes as well as colors.

Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog
I’m almost positive this is lavender. And I’ve been on the hunt for lavender for a while.

Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog
There was a bunch of geese about and after they left, we walked passed where they had been and found and abundance of feathers. It was lovely.

After your leaves and flowers have pressed for a few days you can start using them.

You can:
-glue them into your art journal (I use matte medium and create kind of a layer over them so they are more preserved)
-stick them in a small baggie to take into your journal
-scan them and print out the scan and use that (over and over again)
-draw them, paint them, sketch sketch and sketch
-if you did any sketching or drawing on your adventure, re-draw them and paint them in your journal
-remember those photos we took? well you can print those out and use them in your journal as well! (over and over and over again)

Do you use nature in your journal? Have you ever taken a nature walk to collect flowers, leaves and more to use? Please share in the comments or visit my blog and tell me how you’ve used nature.

Have a lovely August and keep creating!

‚ô•Kendra[:pt]
A Kendra tem um blog maravilhoso, adoro os posts com o dia-a-dia dela e ela tem umas fotografias simplesmente fant√°sticas, parecem todas ter um lado sonhador. Al√©m disso √© uma pessoa super criativa e vejam o blog dela para comprovarem ūüôā

Sou a Kendra, sou uma blogger, artista e uma sonhadora que tenta fazer o melhor de cada dia. Tento ser criativa, e fazer as coisas que adoro ao mesmo tamb√©m, incluindo ler sempre que possa. Tenho obsess√Ķes nada saud√°veis por zombies, Star Wars, caf√©, blogar, abra√ßos, art journaling, fotografia, leitura e picnics…entre outras coisas.

Blogo em Like a Bird e também tenho um twitter! Adoro fazer novos amigos e espero ver-te por lá!

Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog

Hoje, para um Agosto sem gastos gostaria de mostrar-vos algo gr√°tis e bastante criativo.

Uma das minhas formas favoritas de ser criativa todos os dias √© trabalhar no meu art journal. Eles s√£o pessoais e terap√™uticos. Podem us√°-lo para qualquer coisa e n√£o h√° uma forma boa ou m√° de o fazer. Podem usar o vosso art journal para experimentar novas t√©cnicas ou materiais, podem us√°-lo como um sketchbook e praticar o vosso desenho, podem escrever cita√ß√Ķes, brincar com tipografia, us√°-lo como um scrapbook, podem pint√°-lo ou apenas fazer desenhos aleat√≥rios.

Quando est√£o com vontade de comprar novos materiais, diferentes tipos de tintas ou pinc√©is, √© dif√≠cil n√£o gastar dinheiro (confiem em mim, eu sei!)…por isso mostrar-vos-ei uma forma de angariarem materiais sem gastarem um c√™ntimo!

Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog

Vou fazer um pequeno guia de um dia, em que podem fazer algo criativo sem gastar dinheiro:

Acordem cedo, antes de ficar muito calor l√° fora. Preparem o almo√ßo para dois, um cobertor, o vosso art journal, uma caneta, a vossa m√°quina fotogr√°fica, m√ļsica e n√£o se esque√ßam de trazer o vosso mais que tudo (ou melhor amigo) com voc√™s.

Vão até a um parque, talvez um novo que nunca tenham ido, mais longe daquele que costumam ir.

Logo quando chegarem, passem algum tempo a desfrutar dos cheiros, dos sons e de toda a natureza que vos rodeia.

Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog

Quando tiverem preparados, v√£o dar uma caminhada…t√£o longe e t√£o devagar que voc√™s precisem. Fiquem de olho nas plantas, flores, ramos e penas ou qualquer coisa bonito que vejam. Ponham tudo no vosso journal. Tenham sempre a m√°quina com voc√™s (ou o telefone no meu caso) √† m√£o e v√£o tirando muitas fotos.

Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog

Vejam se d√™em alguma coisa √ļtil para o vosso amigo fazer, procurarem com voc√™s coisas bonitas para coleccionar. (tamb√©m √© boa ideia procurar por urtigas ou algo do g√©nero, haviam bastantes na foresta que visit√°mos.)

Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog

O pequeno trilho que seguimos era cerca de meia milha e ia até a um parque com um lago. Eu prefiro sempre ir a parques com vários cenários. Floresta, prados, um bocadinho de montanha no fundo e 2 lagos maravilhosos.

Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog

Tirem tempo para se sentarem para um picnic ou desenhar um pouco o que está à vossa altura. Os vossos esboços podem ser rápidos e apenas rascunhos e possam usá-los mais tarde no vosso journal.

E contiuem a tirar fotos e a coleccionar pequenas coisas.

Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog

Quando acabarem o vosso picnic, aproveitem o vosso dia e encham o vosso sketchbook, vão para casa e separem o que têm. Algumas coisas irão ter bichos ou podem não ser usáveis por alguma razão (coleccionei 20 penas mas apenas fiquei apenas com 12 porque algumas eram iguais ou estavam em muito mau estado e não as podia usar).

O que eu arranjei:
Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog
Tudo que acabei por ficar. Quando acabei de ver tudo o que tinha, separei e deixei dentro do sketchbook a secar.

Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog
Uma das coisas favoritas que encontrei. N√£o sei de onde era mas adoro as formas. Procurem formas e cores √ļnicas.

Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog
Tenho quase a certeza que isto é alfazema. Ando à procura dela há bastante tempo.

Nature Art Journal ©Kendra Kantor from Like a Bird Blog
Haviam bastantes gansos lá e quando eles saíram, passámos por lá e encontrámos bastantes penas.

Depois das folhas e das flores serem prensadas por uns dias podem us√°-las.

Podem:
-colá-la ao vosso art journal (eu uso matte medium e crio uma espécie de camada sobre elas para que fiquem bem preservadas)
-p√ī-las num pequeno saco para porem no vosso journal
-digitalizem-nas e imprimam e usem isso (in√ļmeras vezes)
-desenhem-nas, pintem-nas, tanta coisa
-se desenharam um pouco na vossa aventura, re-desenhem e pintem no vosso journal
-lembram-se de todas as fotos que tiraram? imprimam-nas e usem-nas também no vosso journal!

Usam a natureza no vosso journal? J√° alguma vez foram dar uma caminhada para arranjar flores, folhas e outros para usar? Por favor comentem ou visitem o meu blog e digam-me como usaram a natureza.

Tenham um óptimo Agosto e continuem a criar!

‚ô•Kendra[:]



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