Last day for orders

5/31/2020 was the last day Bluprint will be taking orders. Learn More

with Gay Kraeger
Online Class

Illustrated Nature Journaling

Get access to every Bluprint class
50% off for a limited time
  • About
  • Projects & Supplies
  • Reviews


Learn sketching and watercolor techniques for illustrated nature journaling alongside artist and instructor Gay Kraeger. Start class by loosening up with gesture sketches, blind contour drawing and watercolor washes. Next, use common household items to transform watercolors into lifelike textures for trees, clouds, waves, rocks and more. Break down landscapes further with tips for layering watercolors to develop a sense of distance. Then, discover how ink can bring eye-catching dimension and drama to your work. Move on to methods for depicting waterscapes with greater confidence and realism. Ready for your illustrations to soar? Learn to draw birds on the wing with accessible skills. Plus, you'll learn lettering techniques for more meaningful finished sketches.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h20m

Included in this Class

1. Keep It Simple to Start

1. Keep It Simple to Start

Meet artist Gay Kraeger and begin your journaling adventure. Gay shows how to banish those first-page jitters by creating your own loose-leaf pages. Then you'll head into the field to practice some simple sketching techniques and adding watercolor washes.

2. Create Landscape Elements Quickly

2. Create Landscape Elements Quickly

Get all of your critical landscape elements down on paper with Gay's speedy techniques. Common household items become handy "machines" for turning watercolors into trees, grasses, clouds, waves, rocks, rust and dirt. You'll love these realistic and lovely textures!

3. Capturing a Landscape

3. Capturing a Landscape

Return to the great outdoors with Gay and learn to identify background, middle ground and foreground in a landscape, then layer watercolors to recreate the feeling of distance. See how to layer transparent colors, working from the lightest values to the darkest to preserve details.

Recommended with this class

  • Standard art supplies: pencils, pens, surfaces, kneaded eraser
  • Watercolor paints, watercolor brushes