I’d like to invite you to join me for the second annual Nature Spots Challenge! It was so much fun last year that I just had to host it again!
It’s super simple to play along: just get outside and do a nature spot a day in January. If you’re on Instagram, please tag your post with #naturespotchallenge2024 so that we can inspire each other.
The goal is to take 5 minutes to connect with nature each day in a meaningful way. I’ve found this practice helps bring me so much joy and I hope it does the same for you! It’s also a great way to kickstart your sketching practice — I’ve found that once I have my kit out I don’t want to stop.
I put together a list of Instagram reels to inspire you:
- Here’s my kit I take on my daily walks in the neighborhood
- This one has some of my favorite nature spots in the desert
- Come along on a virtual hike with me at Big Bend National Park
My e-booklet, Nature Spots, is filled with even more inspiration!
Peek Inside the Nature Spots eBooklet
I wrote this eBooklet to inspire everyone to start painting Nature Spots:
Nature Spots is available as an instant download via my Ko-fi Shop — sorry, no hardcopy books are available at this time.
Please don’t feel like you have to purchase this eBook to take the challenge. It’s just meant as a way to inspire you (or gift it to a friend!). Your purchase will help cover some of the costs of running my website, and I truly appreciate your support.
- The sky! It would be amazing to do a nature spot of the sky each day in January, maybe at the same time each day — or do sunsets and sunrises
- Critters, birds, bugs, butterflies — all those things that move too fast and can be intimidating to sketch. Do a nature spot instead!
- Focus on all the evergreens in your area — such a great way to practice mixing greens
- If you’re in a warm climate, do flowers!
- If you have snow, do nature spots of the colors of the shadows (I’m hoping we get some snow — just not too much like the snowpocolypse of 2021.)
- Do a nature spot of the first thing that speaks to you each day — this is what I plan to do!
- Paint: a Pocket or Demi Palette from Art Toolkit. Fill it with your favorite tube watercolors. I like to switch up my paints with the changing of the seasons or if I know I’ll be visiting a certain place.
- Paper: I stocked up on my favorite mini Hahnemühle zig-zag books to use for the challenge. I love using these little books as the paper is thick enough so that you can use both sides without the color spot warping the paper. You can also make your own booklet, or use loose pieces of paper — whatever works for you! This would be a great way to explore different brands of paper, or 100% cotton vs wood pulp papers.
- Brush: a water brush is a game-changer. If you haven’t heard of a water brush you’re in for a treat. It’s a brush that has water in the handle — nifty, right? A light squeeze gets the water flowing. I like the large size by Pentel.
- Paper towel or shop towel for cleaning the water brush.
- A 4×6″ piece of Coroplast or cardboard to use as a support board is super handy to have, but if I’m using a mini zig-zag book I just hold everything in my hand.
- Something to keep your kit in: I have a fanny pack that I use for my walks in the neighborhood and a phone pouch on my backpack for when I’m hiking.
I can’t wait to see everyone’s nature spots! Happy painting! — Lisa
Share Your Nature Spots!
If you’re on Instagram, please tag your post with #naturespotchallenge so that we can inspire each other.