UKtreetober - Nature journaling native trees in the UK.
In October 2020 I created a nature journaling project to help me get to know the native trees where I live better.
I chose 12 native trees, and 1 plant in my local area, spending the whole month getting to know each tree. Drawng every week day. Drawing and learning about each tree, I delved into it's place and origins in the British landscape, it's properties and folkore. I shared the drawings and what I learnt over on Instagram using #UKtreetober
In order to simplify what could have been an overwhelming project I used only a dip pen and ink to draw with. No pencils or rubbers, straight in with ink. I also chose to not draw the whole tree, but learnt about it’s parts and characteristics. Drawing only it’s leaves, flowers, seeds, berries etc.
Giving myself limits and constraints helps to curb overwhelm and not knowing where to start. I find using drawing as a way to learn about a species really inspiring, engaging and empowering. I have done quite a few different projects involving trees, and I always learn something new every time.