Hand Printing from Nature: Create Unique Prints for Fabric, Paper, and Other Surfaces Using Natural and Found Materials

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Discover how to use natural materials to print on any surface, from paper and fabric to ceramics, wood, and walls. With simple step-by-step instructions and clear photographs, Laura Bethmann encourages crafters of all levels to create original nature prints with leaves, flowers, fruits, shells, stones, and more. Her unique project ideas include stationery printed with maple leaves, a clothes hamper printed with scallop shells, and a pillow printed with cabbage. Before you know it, you'll be designing one-of-a-kind nature prints to reflect your unique personality and style.

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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.

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
Laura Bethmann, author of Hand Printing from Nature, 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.
Storey Publishing
1.0" H x 8.4" L x 8.9" W
191 pages