DIY Painted Nature

INSIDE : Learn how to slow down and create DIY Painted Nature inspired from “A Book that takes it’s Time – An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness.”  Enjoy living in the now with some of these helpful tips.

A Book that takes it's Time

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“Life is so much better when you enjoy living in the now, when you focus on the beautiful moments, and when you don’t expect so much from yourself all the time.” – Irene Smit + Astrid van der Hulst 

I have been on a recent journey to slow down and savor the moment of life.   Today I will be sharing how creating these gorgeous DIY Painted Nature pieces is helping me do just that!

I have partnered with Workman Publishing to share about this gorgeous new book, A Book that Takes it Time, An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness.  I am not entirely sure I have ever seen a more lovely and creative filled book.

Painted Nature

What is A book that Takes It’s Time about?

This inspiring book is divided into six encouraging chapters.  

Each chapter focuses on taking time for breathing, learning, creating, reflecting, letting go and being kind.  

And every page seems to be more lovely, colorful, engaging and creative than the last.

Unhurried Creative Adventures

The authors guide you through the process of slowing down and giving yourself time away from the hustle bustle of life and just be quiet.

Created in partnership with Flow magazine A book that takes it’s time mixes articles, inspiring quotes, and what the editors call “goodies”—bound-in cards, mini-journals, stickers, posters, blank papers for collaging, and more—giving it a distinctly handcrafted, collectible feeling.

How can you make time for Mindful Creativeness?

There are numerous ways to create mindful creativeness and one of them is through nature. Check out how I was able to slow down, go outside and then do some creating below.

Painting Rocks

I took some time during the last few weeks and decided to follow their advice of letting go of filling my day with “busyness” and embracing creative play.  I sat quietly in my home and painted smooth stones and twigs based on one of the book’s DIYs.

Start by collecting rocks. I choose large smooth ones from the “dry river bed” in our front yard, but any type of rock will do the trick.

Next, I painted them all white and allowed to fully dry. Once they were dry, I added stripes of painter’s tape to the rocks and began to add fun color.

DIY Painted Rocks

Painting Sticks

I followed similar steps for painting sticks. Start by collecting a few sticks from your yard, the park or a nearby forest.

Using thin painter’s tape, wrap stripes around the sticks and paint fun colors.

Once the paint is dry, remove the tape and using a sharpie add small decorative dots.

DIY Colorful Painted Nature

It was the most lovely time sitting and painting.

Colorful DIY Painted Nature, Rocks and Twigs

I’ve since set these colorful pieces of nature on my desk as reminders to keep taking time for mindful rest.

Creative Mindfulness, Painted Nature

This amazing book is full of bound-in postcards, mini journals with writing prompts, tips for modern calligraphy, stickers, decorative papers for expressing yourself with collages and so many more fun surprises!

Colorful Nature

Over and over again, A Book that Takes it’s Time encourages you to move slowly and with intention through the pages and discover that sweet place where life can be both thoughtful and playful!

A Book That Takes Its Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness is by the co-founders and creative directors of Flow Magazine, Irene Smit and Astrid Van der Hulst. It is currently available wherever books are sold!

Thank you to Workman Publishing for collaborating on this post.  I received A Book that Takes it’s Time in exchange for a honest review, which I love.  All opinions are 100% mine.

If you are looking for more Easy DIY Artwork, you might want to check out these simple tutorials I put together for other paintings.

Interested in some other great books, you might want to check out these below or shop my favorite books here.

And if you are interested, you can check out all my past gift guides here!

Painted Nature : A Book that takes it’s time

Adventure in Creative Mindfulness

Weaving Within Reach 

Creative book full of simple weaving projects

Home Sweet Rented Home

Home Sweet Rented Home


  1. What a great idea! I was searching for something unique DIY projects, yours made me stop! I had it… Thanks for sharing such outstanding ideas! Hope to get more in next time!

  2. I love the colours you have painted. I get the Flow magazines they are gorgeous too! I think I’ll be buying this book of theirs to add to my collection.

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Yes, if you love Flow Magazine – then you’ll love this book for sure! xo

  3. I love this so much and I am heading out to grab that book!

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Oh yay! It’s such an inspiring and gorgeous book! xo

  4. Amy I love this little project SO. MUCH. And the book looks amazing! When I saw your pics of it it reminded me a lot of a great magazine I picked up in Germany. Looked at the magazine again, and sure enough, it’s “Flow”. Definitely keeping a closer eye on them from now on! Thank you for sharing!

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      YES! Flow Magazine is what got me hooked on this amazing book in the first place!!

  5. What a lovely book! I can think of so many people (including me!) who would benefit from a gift of this book.

    Thanks for sharing it.

    Hugs, LYnn

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      It really is a lovely book and you are right… it would make a wonderful gift! Have a great day, Lynn.

  6. That book looks beautiful! I love the nature inspired DIY you were able to draw from it too!

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      It really is an amazing book!

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      I so enjoying taking time to read and find a relaxing DIY to create!

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Thank you, Laurel!

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