What are nature spots, you ask? They’re spots of color to mark your observations while out in nature.
Be it a flower, butterfly, amazing rock formation or magnificent mountain, nature spots are a great way to document a subject without taking up too much time.
Fill up a journal to document a hike or time spent at a special location. They’re a satisfying way to scratch that itch to paint, yet so simple that you can do them in five minutes tops.
Making color spots helps me connect with nature in a way that snapping a photo just can’t match and I wanted to find a way to share this joyful practice — so the Nature Spots ebooklet was born!
Peek Inside the Nature Spots eBooklet
Get Your Nature Spots eBooklet
Nature Spots is available as an instant download via my Ko-fi Shop — sorry, no hardcopy books are available at this time.
One of the best things about Nature Spots is that they need so few supplies — you can always have them with you!
Here’s what I have in my kit:
- 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 or sketchbook. I like the mini Hahnemühle zig-zag book as the paper is thick enough so the you can use both sides without the color spot warping the paper. You can also make your own book.
- Waterbrush. 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.
Use code LISAFAN10 for 10% off your purchase of an ArtToolkit, palette, or mixing pans. Full disclosure: I’m a Brand Ambassador for Art Toolkit and I’ll receive a small commission at no charge to you if you use the code — thank you so much for your support. I’ve been using these palettes since 2018 and I truly love them. Reviews here are my own.
Take the Nature Spots Challenge
Join me for the Nature Spots challenge! It’s super simple: just do a nature spot each day in January and post a picture with hashtag #naturespotchallenge2024 on Instagram, or add yours to the Padlet below.
Here are some ideas to get you going: do the color of the sky each day, tree bark, birds, rocks, landmarks — anything you like! The goal is to spend 5 minutes reconnecting with nature. Hope you’ll join the fun!
Share Your Nature Spots!
If you’re on Instagram, please tag your post with #naturespots2024 so that we can inspire each other.