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Nature Printing: With Herbs, Fruits & Flowers Hardcover – January 6, 1996

4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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In a nicely packaged format, this slim but helpful guide demonstrates how to capture and preserve the ephemera of nature on paper, for use as framed pictures, stationery, gift wrap, and adornments on fabric, furniture, and walls. In addition to printing with flowers and leaves, the instructions cover the use of fruits, vegetables, feathers, shells, fish, even a spiderweb. Accomplished with various types of inks and paints, the prints have a lovely watercolor quality, a subtle cross between the delicacy of a pressed-flower picture and the look of rubber-stamping.

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Nature prints are made by inking natural objects and applying them to cloth or paper in much the same way as taking fingerprints. In this wide-ranging manual of nature-printing techniques and projects, Bethmann explores a variety of techniques using inks, paint, or natural plant juices to decorate stationery, herbals, fabric pieces, and garments. A section on design and layout as it applies to leaves and flowers is included, and some unusual natural objects such as mushrooms and garden vegetables are also used. There are even instructions for traditional Japanese fish printing.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 1st edition (January 6, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088266929X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882669298
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 9.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Angel Lee HALL OF FAME on May 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a must have book for anyone who collects plants and other nature items. It is also a great find for rubber stampers and other paper artists. The book is in full-color and has many illustrations.
The book starts out with a brief history of nature printing. It then details collecting, transporting, and pressing a wide variety of plants. Then paper & materials for printing and the printing process itself are discussed.
Specialized techniques for printing objects such as spider webs, shells, feathers, gyotaku (fish rubbing), Taku-ga (rubbing picture), bubble printing & cyanotype are demonstrated as well. All the instructions are easy to follow.
There are also many wonderful projects including fabric painting, wall printing & note cards. The resource guide is a nice bonus. This inexpensive craft is easy enough a child, yet rewarding for adults.
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Do you love nature? Do you have an artisic urge? Do you think creating art is difficult or expensive? If you love nature and want to bring it to your fabrics, walls, note cards, etc. then this book would surely delight you! The Victorians loved "capturing" nature in all its innocence, beauty, and comfort. They created so many wonderful collections, decorations, etc. This wonderful addition to the craft world shows the nature lover how to use nature to enhance the tranquility of your home or surroundings. The author shows you how to use an endless bounty from the natural world plus a few printing inks and paints to illustrate your world with the panorama of nature. The techniques within this volume are so enchanting yet simple enough for children to to accomplish as well. A wonderful way to enoy summer days!
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I have always wished I had artistic talent but I think my left brain has been atrophied since birth. My mother always said all my taste was in my mouth and she was right... I'm an excellent cook. Still, I wanted to create something pleasing to the eye, and this book has helped me to do just that. The hardest part about this project was looking for that elusive hammer to hang my beautiful art work on the wall. You know those crocheted toilet paper covers you were planing to make as Christmas presents for friends and family? Forget that! Nature prints are going to be the hot ticket item this year. Even the book alone would make a nice present for the artistically challenged. This book will take you step by easy step through the printing process. There are plenty of helpful tips and suggestions, and it is also beautifully illustrated. I think this would make a good project for children too. Exercise that left brain while they're still young
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By A Customer on April 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Nature Printing is an enormously inspiring book. After reading it I grabbed paints, paper, and children and headed out into the backyard. We had a great time being creative and finding plants and bits of nature that had, until then, gone unnoticed. Some of the prints we created were surprisingly beautiful. It was a great learning experience and a whole lot of fun!
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Nature printing is fun, easy to do and celebrates the beauty and wonder of the natural world. I am often asked to teach classes on nature printing to children and adult groups and this book is the perfect springboard and inspiration for projects with beautiful end results. I don't have higher praise for any 'how to' book I own. The materials used are common household materials easily found or made, the directions are simple and complete and the finished product is artistic and lovely. Her hints, photographs and illustrations explain as well as inspire. I have used, recommended, or given this book as a gift many times and look forward to her new book arriving on the market in September. You can't go wrong on this one!
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This is the most amazing book! I love nature and wanted to find a way to tie that love into an art form. This is definitely THE book for my purposes. Very detailed and inspiring with wonderful instructions and visual examples. I can't wait to take my next watercolor class and try these techniques on my work!
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I purchased 2 books on nature printing...NATURE PRINTING WITH HERBS,FRUIT AND FLOWERS and NATURE PRINTING 30 PROJECTS ETC.

Silly me, I thought these were 2 different books but alas they are the same exact book page for page printed under different titles.Isn't there some kind of protection for customers concerning that...don't get me wrong I love the books but I wasted money...one would have been enough!

Elizabeth F. Broberg
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My grand daughters and I have enjoyed putting into practice several of the methods for printing from nature. Very worth while.
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