Paperbark Writer

Australian nature meets science and art

By Paula Peeters

New ‘Possums of Australia’ design collection

Yes I have a possum obsession!

Maybe you do too?

Recently I decided to illustrate all 27 species of possum and glider that live in Australia. I’ve loved these critters for a long time, perhaps because most of them live in forests, and I also love forests.

As a result I now present you with 8 different possum / glider designs. They are currently available via my Redbubble store, where you can purchase a range of clothing styles, posters, prints and other goodies adorned with these delightful beasties.

Organic Cotton Tea towels with these designs should be available in a few months.


Go to Redbubble store to see the full range of ‘Possums of Australia’ products

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A walk in the mountain forests

My nature journal of Binna Burra, Beechmont and beyond

Discover the richness of the mountain forests through the playful, diverse and beautiful pages of Paula’s nature journal.

Paperback, 17 x 22.3 cm, 206 pages, full colour throughout with over 196 original illustrations. Printed in Australia on recycled paper.

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New colouring book to download!

Dynamic Lagoons

Colour the world of the upland wetlands

Funded by the New South Wales Environmental Trust’s Saving Our Species Program.


Stories and artwork inspired by Australian nature

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Australian forests and where to find them

Australian forests and where to find them

That’s me, in the orange bus. It’s the 1970’s, this bus is our family campervan, and we’re driving through wet sclerophyll forest north of Healesville, in Victoria.

Welcome to the first issue of A Cartoon Guide to Australian Ecology: Australian forests and where to find them (Part One). In this blog series I’ll explore ecological patterns and processes big and small, using science and my own personal journey to tell the story, all through the visual language of cartoons.

Let’s get started!

Nature journaling Shakespeare’s plants

Nature journaling Shakespeare’s plants

I'm very excited to announce 'Nature Journaling Shakespeare's Plants', four school holiday sessions for ages 8 to 16 years, at the lovely Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha.  Discover and record some of Shakespeare’s favourite plants by creating your own nature...

Unleash your creativity with this simple handmade book

Unleash your creativity with this simple handmade book

A simple concertina book can be a great way to record your next holiday, road trip or nature journaling adventure.

I’ve also found that simple concertina books can unlock inspiration in kids and adults when a flat blank journal page may be too daunting or dull. Perhaps it’s the tactile nature of these books, the way that people tend to open and close them, and look at them from all angles, that stimulates different neural pathways in the brain.

A simple concertina book is essentially just a strip of robust paper (high GSM watercolour paper or mixed media paper works well) that is folded to form multiple small pages. But it feels like a little book, that unfolds alluringly, to tell a story….

Why do I self-publish?

Why do I self-publish?

“It’s a book to be shared and taken into your soul!” – Amanda

That’s a reader’s impression of my most recent book ‘A walk in the mountain forests’, sent to me this morning via email. Thanks Amanda!

I offered the manuscript of ‘A walk in the mountain forests’ to four major publishers, and all four rejected it. Then I found an Australian company who could print it at a price I could afford (that’s Fast Press Print in Nerang, Qld), and I went ahead and published it myself. Now this little book is bringing joy to many readers, and sharing the wonders of nature with others gives me a great deal of joy and satisfaction too.

Create your own garden journal

Create your own garden journal

Bring further joy and depth to your gardening by creating your own garden journal. This year, thanks to the sponsorship of Brisbane City Council, I'll be leading a series of free nature journaling workshops for gardeners. The venue is the lovely 'Kitchen in the...


Download free colouring books and colouring sheets

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Gifts for yourself and others

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Organic cotton tea towels


Greeting cards


Redbubble store

Here you can purchase clothing, prints, posters and other goods with my designs. They’re printed on demand and shipped straight to you from Redbubble.

Buy selected garments through my Redbubble store and 25 % of the retail price will be donated to environmental and animal welfare charities

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Come along…

To a nature journaling workshop!

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Nature journaling workshop at Binna Burra; Photos by Renata Buziak


Into the Wildworld, and discover The Kinship of All. Read Stories of the Wildworld.

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