Week 5 – Build your Heart

Dates:   May 31st to June 7th

Affirmation:   I open my heart to sharing beauty.

Nature Craft:  Heart of Leaves

Summer is getting really close now – there may still be some old leaves about but new ones have arrived.  On your walk this week, collect leaves.  Please try not to hurt the trees in the process and always say thank you when you borrow something.  Find your canvas – a spot along the path where your art will be seen.  Now make a heart from the leaves you have collected.  Big or small, an outline or filled in … whatever you wish.  Make a memory and then let it go.

Week 4 – Leaf Printing

Dates:   May 24th to 31st

Affirmation:   I leave my mark and do no harm. 

Nature Craft:  Leaf Printing

This week is a bit different.  Instead of a natural place, find a spot where there will be a sidewalk … and mud puddles … and leaves.   Collect some leaves of different shapes and sizes.   Now clear the sidewalk area of stones or garbage – this is your canvas.  Dip your leaves into your mud and water then press them onto the sidewalk so they leave a print.  Print your leaves in any manner that pleases you.  You know they will dry up; you know they won’t last.  But enjoy your prints in this moment.  Snap a pic.  Smile.

Week 3 – Drawing your Vision

Dates:   May 17th to 24th

Affirmation:   I see Nature’s beauty in all things. 

Nature Craft:  Symbols in the Soil

How did it feel to create something and then let it go?  This week is just as liberating.  And it all starts with a walk outside.  As you walk in your natural place this week, look about until you find a favourite stick.  Long, short, thick, thin – it doesn’t matter.   At the end of your walk, find a place where there is a patch of exposed earth, rather flat.  Sometimes this will be along a path where others walk – wonderful!  Now, close your eyes and breath deeply.  Repeat the affirmation a few times.  Finally, envision a symbol of Nature’s beauty.  This can be anything – geometric or organic – recognizable or not.   Then take your stick and draw it on the soil quite deeply.  Step back and enjoy your creation.  Now, let it go.

Week 2 – Star of Twigs

Dates:   May 10th to 17th

Affirmation:   My star brightens the path for others.

Nature Craft:  Stars of Twigs

Remember drawing five-pointed stars as a child.  It was probably one of your first art pieces.  So this week on your walk, seek small twigs about the same size and length.  You will need five for each star you want to leave for someone to find a dream upon.  At the end of your walk, find that special place where someone else may happen upon your creation, but this time it needs to be a little muddy or grassy – a soft patch of earth.  Place the twigs in a five-pointed star order.  Press the twigs down into the earth so you leave a flatter star.  Leave as many stars as you wish.  Someone will see them. They will brighten their day.

Week 1 – Stone Art

Dates:   May 3rd to 10th

Affirmation:   The beauty of Nature moves through me.

Nature Craft:   Stack of Stones

Greetings and Welcome!  We begin this adventure in Nature art in a very gentle way.  You cannot go wrong; you cannot do it better; you cannot fail.  Let the beauty of Nature do it’s thing.

Talk a walk somewhere as natural as you can.  If not in the woods or by a river, a city park or a playground will do just fine.  As you walk, look around the ground where you are stepping.  If you see a stone or rock that interests you, pick it up.  At the end of your walk, find a place on the ground and in public where your sculpture will sit.  Now, stack the stones you have collected in any way that appeals to you.  Focus on the affirmation as you create.  Walk about to collect more or different stones if you wish.  When you are finished step back and talk a look … snap a picture if you like.  Post it to Instagram or Facebook.  Then leave it there.  It may stay a day or even the week, but it will not last forever.  Let it go back to Nature.