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Nature Printing With Herbs Fruits and Flowers


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Book Name: Nature Printing with Herbs, Fruits & Flowers

Author: Laura Donnelly Bethmann

Publisher: Metropole Litho

ISBN: 0-88266-929-X

Cover: Hardcover

# of Pages: 90

Illustrations: Full color photos & sketches

Experience Required: Beginner


Book Review

If there ever was a book that would inspire the whole family to get back to nature and be creative, this is it!  For a small book, it is packed with information on a wide variety of printing techniques and different materials with which you can create fun, useful and decorative projects.  When first leafing through the book, one may find some of the projects a bit daunting. Have no fear, the author breaks you in slowly starting with the basics of collecting and preserving the natural materials to be used, and follows up with a Printing Supplies & Equipment chapter to educate the reader about the materials required to make the projects listed.

Once you have reviewed the first two chapters, you are ready to get started.  In the chapter on Basic Nature Printing Methods you begin by learning how to make a print (i.e. Leaf Stamping) before attempting to include the technique in a project. If you are interested in the more complex printing projects, there are ideas such as using watercolors to make vegetable prints for your kitchen, creating nature prints that resemble artwork and instructions on designing, mounting and displaying your prints.

In the final chapter, there is a section I think is really important called Printing Projects for Children because it contains techniques and a few projects that will open children's eyes to the wonders of nature.  I was especially interested in a project called a three-dimensional free-standing frieze (p. 87) that the author created with her children.  I would have liked to see full instructions for it because it is really creative but there was only a brief description of how it was made.   

Favorites:

  • Make a Series of Vegetable Prints
  • Printing Spider Webs
  • Hammered Print on T-Shirt 

Overall Rating:

4/5

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