Synopses & Reviews
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
"So you think nature printing, creating art by applying ink or paint to plants and pressing it on paper - is a kindergarten craft? Benjamin Franklin didn't. He put intricate nature prints pf leaves on Colonial currency to deter counterfeiters. Even Leonardo da Vinci used nature printing, according to artist Laura Donnelly Bethmann's new book "Nature Printing with Herbs, Fruits & Flowers." - Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Stuff you usually compost or toss out with nary a second thought could actually be transformed into things of beauty. Even those who think of themselves as artistically klutzy can get good results with leaf prints. Its simple and you don't have to have much in the way of esoteric or expensive materials to make small, frame-worthy prints, handmade stationery, or gift wrap." - Newsday (Queens Edition), NYC
Step-by-step instructions or applying paint directly to plants and flowers to press images onto stationery, journals, fabrics, walls, furniture, and more.
In Nature Printing with Herbs, Fruits & Flowers author and artist Laura Donnelly Bethmann leads you step by step through every facet of the nature printing process, from selecting and collecting plants and other objects to obtaining necessary supplies and producing colorful, delicately textured prints. Readers of all ages and artistic abilities will delight in creating their own "indoor gardens" of framed prints or one-of-a-kind decorations on fabrics, walls, and furnishings.
Nature Printing with Herbs, Fruits & Flowers includes color photographs of finished works by the author and by other noted nature printers throughout the centuries.
Complete project instructions are provided for creating unique stationery, cards, and invitations, nature journals and herbals, and printed fabric for curtains, pillows, linens, quilts, wall hangings, and clothing. There are also plans for decorative finishings and framings for walls and furniture and nature printing projects for children.
Capture Nature's Delicate Beauty With These Charming, Easy-to-Make Prints
Designers, crafters, gardeners, and plant-lovers are delighting in the simple yet captivating process of nature printing -- applying ink or paint directly to plants, fruits, and flowers to press life-sized images onto paper, fabric, and other surfaces. Artist Laura Donnelly Bethmann reveals the modern methods she's developed for this centuries-old technique, and gives complete instructions for creating an exciting collection of beautiful and useful projects that make unique home decorations or attractive gifts.
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.
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
Includes bibliographical references (p. 88) and index.
About the Author
Laura Bethmann is an artist who exhibits her nature prints and watercolor paintings in galleries, museums, and alternative spaces. She has demonstrated her nature printing techniques in many venues, including Home and Garden Television, Lifetime Television, The Discovery Channel, and Good Housekeeping magazine. Bethmann teaches workshops for a variety of organizations, including art and craft centers, colleges, museums, botanical gardens, and garden clubs. She lives and works in her home studio in New Jersey. Visit her at laurabethmann.com.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction to Nature Printing
Chapter 2 Collecting and 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