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The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling Book Study

The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling Book Study

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PLEASE NOTE: Register for class FIRST. We will then send an email with the self-study syllabus and a discount code for savings on certain class materials.

All welcome to join this self-paced study that will work through the John Muir Laws Nature Journaling Text. The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling Book Study was created to provide an opportunity to grow and learn more about the natural environment by working through the  John Muir Laws text methodically and systematically.  These lessons will help provide you with training and instruction to enhance your observation and perception and, in turn, appreciation of the world around you.

John Muir Laws is an award winning naturalist, educator, and artist. His guide to Nature Journaling is considered an important and valuable reference for those interested in learning the fundamentals of nature journaling.  The lessons in the text teach basic principals with a primary goal  of encouraging one to move through the world with curiosity and joy.   

Participants will need the required text, journals, a tool kit (Haystack or Heney Ridge) or supplies from list gathered from your collection, watercolor paints, brushes, a colored pencil set and assemble a curiosity kit.

Those who have many of the supplies on hand from previous courses may review kits below as a checklist of suggested items.


Journals - 

Ideally one should have a white blank medium sized journal and a toned paper journal

TOOL KITS (follow link to purchase) (Items in the kits are also available to purchase individually) 

There are two kits available: The Haystack Tool Kit & the Heney Ridge Tool Kit.

The tool kits contain the Laws Sketch Book. You may find you might need another book at some point, but this will provide a good starting journal.

The Haystack Tool Kit includes the text, journal & basic tools
The Heney Ridge Tool Kit includes everything in the Haystack Kit plus additional items and a large Art ToolKit Organizer.

Haystack Tool Kit. $175 value SPECIAL $160 plus free freight


    Heney Ridge Tool Kit , $254 value SPECIAL $235 plus free freight

    All Items Listed Above in the Haystack Tool Kit, plus:

    Highly recommended, but not included in kits


    Fine or Ultra-fine Platinum Fountain Pen, choose color and style

    Colored Pencil Sets (Regular and/or Watercolor)


    Watercolor Paint Sets, choose one: 

    A double primary is recommended. Many choices here. For guidance contact Dotty at The Net Loft.  One plan would be to follow John Muir Laws 12 color pick for this study. 

    Here are some color suggestions for paint if you are interested in creating your own palette.    *John Muir Laws 12 color pick

    *Bloodstone Genuine

    *Buff Titanium

    *Burnt Sienna

    *Dioxazine Violet/Windsor Violet

    *Hansa Yellow Light

    *Indanthrone Blue

    *Neutral Tint

    *Pyroll Red

    *Permanent Orange

    *Perylene Green

    *Pthalo Blue (Red Shade)

    *Quinacridone Pink

    *Serpentine Genuine


    Other favorites from other sources

    Lemon Yellow

    Cadmium Yellow Light

    Cadmium Red Medium Hue

    Green Gold

    Sap Green

    Cerulean Blue, or Cerulean Blue Chromium


    French Ultramarine

    Pthalo Blue (green shade)

    Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet

    Quinacridone VIolet

    Winsor Violet

    Shadow Violet

    Quinacridone Gold

    Van Dyke Brown

    Assemble a Curiosity Kit, as suggested in the text:

    Other items needed


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