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Nature Printing with Herbs, Fruits & Flowersby Laura Donnelly Bethmann
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Praise for Nature Printing
" Stuff you usually compost or toss out with nary a second thought could actually be transformed into things of beauty. Nature Printing is simple and you don't have to have much in the way of esoteric or expensive materials to make frame-worthy prints, handmade stationery, or gift wrap." --Newsday
"I mastered one project after a five minute flip through the book. The photos and drawings are wonderfully easy to follow. I proceeded to decorate every envelope in the house. I couldn't stop! My daughter and I stamped through the entire house." --Darragh Doiron in the Port Arthur (TX) News
"Just looking at this book makes you want to collect supplies and get to work. This is one of the most beautiful books I have seen." --The Chagrin Falls (OH) Valley Times
"Author Laura Donnelly Bethmann has done a wonderful job of revealing the methods behind a centuries-old craft that still appeals to the young and old, regardless of artistic ability." --Akron (OH) Beacon Journal
"Bethmann has discovered the real connection between the creative self-expression evident in both gardening and painting, and has recognized how nature printing links them both." --Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer
As simple as rubber stamping, as beautiful as nature's finest
Anyone can discover the excitement of creating works of art by applying ink or paint directly to leaves, flowers, herbs, and fruits, and pressing life-sized images onto paper, fabric, and other surfaces. Nature printing is a direct, inexpensive technique requiring no artistic experience and offering possibilities as boundless as your imagination and as varied as nature itself. Artist Laura Donnelly Bethmann provides complete step-by-step instructions, illustrated by her own finished works and those of nature printers through the ages.
Create Your Own Unique:
Stationery - cards - quilts - nature journals - herbals - curtain finishings and framings - pillows - linens - clothing - invitations - printed fabric - wall hangings - decorated wall and furniture gift wrap - calendars - projects for children
Nature printing, or recreating images from the natural world, is a direct, inexpensive process with possibilities as varied as nature itself. Apply ink or paint to leaves, flowers, herbs, or fruit and print life-sized images onto paper, fabric, and other surfaces to create captivating works of art.
In full-color, simple instructions, NATURE PRINTING covers tools, techniques, and tips for dozens of beautiful projects, including printed fabric for curtains, pillows, linens, quilts, and clothing; stationery, cards, and invitations; nature journals; and more. The book includes instructions for decorative finishes and frames, and it offers nature printing projects for children.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 88) and index.
About the Author
Laura Donnelly Bethmann is an accomplished nature artist and teacher working primarily in watercolors, nature prints, drawing, and calligraphy. The author of Nature Printing with Herbs, Fruits and Flowers from Storey Books, she has been a self-employed artist for nearly 20 years, producing commissioned work through interior designers and pieces for art shows and galleries.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction to Nature Printing
Chapter 2 Collecting & Pressing Plant Materials
Chapter 3 Printing Supplies and Equipment
Chapter 4 Basic Nature Printing Methods
Chapter 5 Specialized Nature Printing Techniques
Chapter 6 Practicing the Art of Nature Printing
Chapter 7 Nature Printing Projects
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