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Hand Printing from Nature: Create Unique Prints for Fabric, Paper, and Other Surfaces Using Natural and Found Materialsby Laura Donnelly Bethmann
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Discover how to use found natural materials — such as leaves, feathers, vegetables, fruit, shells, weeds, and wood — to print on any surface, from paper and fabric to ceramics, wood, stone, and more. Simple step-by-step instructions coupled with beautiful photos make it easy and fun to learn the basic techniques. In no time at all, crafters of any experience level will be creating original nature prints on everything from furniture to stationery to jewelry. Imagine shower invitations featuring delicate herbal prints — or a huge room divider printed with big, spiny zucchini leaves, tendrils, and flowers. Try making one-of-a-kind home dec items, such as curtains printed with scallop shells, flower pots printed with parsley and sage, or a lampshade printed with tree bark. Or make one-of-a-kind wearables, such as a scarf printed with a cross-sectioned apple or a shirt with striking leaf-vein images. Accessories include tote bags printed with peach stones and asparagus, picnic baskets printed with peppers and walnuts, and much more. There’s something here for every inventive crafter.
Decorate Your Life with Nature's Patterns
Transfer the beauty of freshly gathered natural treasures onto paper, pillows, chairs, draperies, clothing, and even ceramics. It's easy and inexpensive to begin. With a few basic supplies, you can apply green ink to blades of grass and plant a meadow on a fresh, white pillow. And that's just one of 50 gorgeous projects featured in Hand Printing from Nature. Author Laura Bethmann introduces her simple techniques and offers step-by-step instructions to get you started, but there's no limit to what you can create with nature as your inspiration.
Discover how to use found natural materials - such as leaves, flowers, feathers, vegetables, fruits, shells, weeds, and wood grain - to print on any surface, from paper and fabric to ceramics, wood, and walls. Simple step-by-step instructions coupled with beautiful photos make it easy and fun to learn the basic techniques.
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 & 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
1 Direct Impressions of Life
2 Collecting Natural Objects
3 Pigments & Supplies
4 Printing Methods
5 Print Projects with Single & Repeated Motifs
6 Creating Hand-Printed Patterns
7 Printing Scenes & Flowers
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