“Isn't it mysterious to begin a new journal like this? I can run my fingers through the fresh clean pages but I cannot guess what the writing on them will be.”
I recently had a little fun creating some journal pages for a swap, A Journal of Nature's Blessings, hosted by Karla of Karla's Cottage. Participants were to make 6 signatures, the base being 8 1/2 in. x 11 in. folded in half to make four layouts per signature. At least half of the journal pages were to be usable for the recipient to write, sketch, or collect/store special mementos. I used a series of pullouts, hidden journal note/sketch books, tags, and pockets to provide plenty of recording and storing space. Inspiration for the page designs were to be our interpretation of nature's blessings.
My main ingredient for all my pages was glitter, lots and lots and lots of glitter, a whole container of glitter! I was in a glitter kind of mood. If you have followed my blog for very long and like to play "I Spy" you might see tidbits of past projects, supply stashes I made up, even tags or pages from my art journal recycled into the nature journal pages. For instance on the layout below you might spy hand dyed/ stamped ribbons as well as skirts and wings from a fairy cupcake topper class I did a way back when.
Page inspiration: Watching my grandchildren chase butterflies and pick dandelions, the awe, the wonder, and the joy of simple natural pleasures.
Page inspiration: I spent the summer watching a robin family build a nest in the wisteria bush just outside my studio window, three tiny eggs rested in the nest and it was pure delight to watch the little hatch-lings feed, chirp, grow downy little feathers and finally gain their independence and leave the nest.
Page inspiration: Seasonal changes, autumn and winter, crisp frosty autumn mornings and glimmer snow dusted winter days, colorful foliage and falling snowflakes, the twitter of birds at the feeders.
Page inspiration: Purple cone flowers and the large lilac bush blooming in my grandmothers garden where butterflies collect in profusion sipping natures nectar.
Page inspiration: A color filled botanical garden stroll where every flower imaginable bloomed in profusion and the air was punctuated with bird song.
Page inspiration: A little yellow warbler I photographed while strolling down a country lane, yellow sunshine and flowers spilling into the roadside, the sparkle of water from the creek crossing, patches of cool leafy green shade that provided resting places to admire the brilliant blue sky.
Page inspiration: Cool ocean tones of blues, greens, and tans that mimic surf, sky, and sand...vacation at the shore where collecting shells, sending post cards, and watching seagulls sail are a few of my favorite past times.
Page inspiration: An abandoned fallen nest I found over the summer with three tiny eggs in it, I watched it for days to see if the mother bird would return but sadly she did not. I collected the little natural wonder and saved it.
Page inspiration: A colorful quilt patch that reminded me very much of the paper pattern, a quilt that was carried on many childhood picnics where clover chains were made and worn as jewelry, tasty treats were consumed, and softly slipping into naps on my favorite flower patch while listening to the cadence of my grandmothers voice as she told the cousins and I stories. Sweet memories.
Page inspiration: The simple pleasure of a walk in nature exploring, observing, collecting, something I have done since childhood.
Page inspiration: Pockets and pictures, it seems I never set out to explore my natural surroundings without a handy pocket or a means of snapping a photo. My pockets fill with little tidbits especially found feathers and I snap happily at whatever catches my eye. I have recently framed some of my nature art to decorate my home.
Page inspiration: The Victorians, during the Victorian era there was a surge of artistic representation of the natural world. They had an entire language and symbolism of flowers, much poetry of that era reflects upon nature, painters created pastoral scenes, there was an emotional attachment to the things of nature. Quaint children, chubby cherubs, and dancing fairies frolicking in natural settings were often depicted on fashionable greeting or calling cards. The study of natural science became in vogue, private collections of natural specimens became popular, quite observation, recording and/or painting or drawing of observations resulted in nature journals.
I can't wait to receive my swap pages in return!
I hope you all enjoy a fantastic week.