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The Organic Artist: Make Your Own Paint, Paper, Pigments, Prints and More from Nature Paperback – January 15, 2015
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Make charcoal in a custom kiln
This is the type of charcoal that you can buy in art supply stores. These sticks of charcoal are traditionally made from wild grape vine and willow, although you can use any species of wood, experimenting with various densities to get variations in the hardness. To make charcoal sticks, you first need to make a simple tool called a charcoal kiln. This is a little metal vessel that can be loaded with sticks and twigs, sealed shut, and then placed in a hot campfire to char. Charcoal kilns allow the contained materials to burn without entirely combusting, due to the low oxygen environment inside the kiln.
"His landmark contribution, The Organic Artist, is your Rosetta Stone, if you will, and will unlock your creativity, whether you are an artist or an earth living skills student or instructor. Seriously. This is it. Your Golden Ticket, to a whole new world and relationship to the wild around you. It opens the doors to a level of exploration that most people haven't even tried to pass through, because they 'didn't know how' to make their own paints, inks, paper, or pigments. Until now, that's been a valid point. It's a how-to book, through and through, but it's more than that. It's a showcase of Nick's art, made from oak ink, or grapevine charcoal, or beeswax crayons and hand made paper." - Ricardo Sierra, Hawk Circle Wilderness Education Executive Director
"I think this book will be very popular among our readers, with good reason. It's so well done, and written very purely, in close touch with the earth. It's kind of a love story, because you can feel how appreciated all of the earth's offerings are to the artist." - The Essential Herbal Magazine
"I highly recommend this book! Clear and concise, it has a place in every art studio, every home, every school, and every summer camp. Clear, concise and easy to follow makes this book a pleasure to both use as a how-to book and read through for pleasure." - Michael Pewtherer, author of the Wilderness Survival Handbook
About the Author
Nick Neddo has been teaching people primitive skills since 2000. His interests span from Stone Age skills and technology, to nature observation and art. Drawing, however, is his first and greatest interest. His skill set also includes wilderness survival, tracking and awareness, basketry and hide tanning. He currently teaches at the Roots School in Vermont, where he runs classes and workshops for both adults and children on primitive arts, Stone-Age living skills, wilderness survival, and nature awareness. He lives in Montpelier, VT.
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I do have a couple of small things I can see as being problems for others.
First, this book isn't really for city dwellers, urbanites, third story apartment renters, or those unacquainted with dirt. Not saying that people who live in cities won't gain anything from this book, but many of the processes are smelly, or require the ability to light fires without going to jail. Also since the book suggests, as do I, that the reader acquire materials from nature, in a humane and eco-minded manner, living in a city would make this difficult and ordering too many materials in sort of defeats the point.
Second, I found some of the topics covered to be rudimentary, although I believe that is more from my preexisting knowledge on the subject rather than an issue wit the book. It is only for a couple of things, however, and even though I dabble in this sort of art (for example I make my own charcoal all the time) I still found a great number of useful things.
If you are an artist or know an artist who has access to the outdoor wonders of nature, then I recommend this book for you, or for you to purchase for them. Also anyone who likes the book "Back to Basics" by Abigail R. Gehring will love this book as well. If you like to take hikes and long nature walks you will be amazed by all of the materials you can find in just a couple of minutes of looking. I can see this book getting ragged edges and a worn cover, not because of the quality of the bookbinding, but because I will look at it so often. BUY THIS BOOK.
It exceeded ALLand EVERY expectations. I'll never walk through the woods, go on a hike or look at my own backyard the same. Nick breaks down step by step different ways to create all my favorite mediums using materials Mother Nature provides.
All that said, making the different supplies listed throughout his book are not quick to make, nor may all the materials be readily available. Though everything is broken down in easy to follow step by step with pictures, and photos of art Nick creates using his organic supplies. Even if you never want to make your own supplies, this book is a worthy addition to any artists library.
To be honest and open, Nick is related to my husband, but we haven't seen him in over 15 years, all three of my sons thought it was pretty cool that he wrote a book and that they got to see their last name on a book.