Nature Printing: 30 Projects for Creating Beautiful Prints, Wearables, and Home Furnishings

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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 ...

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Overview


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

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"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

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  • ISBN-13: 9781580173766
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents


Preface

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

Appendix

Index

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