Monday, January 13, 2014

Craft Book Review - Hand Printing From Nature

Today, you'll get a look into a great printing book by Laura Bethmann called "Hand Printing From Nature - Create Unique Prints for Fabric, Paper, and Other Surfaces Using Natural and Found Materials."    This 192 page binder style book comes from Storey Publishing.  They publish a lot of Animal Care and  nature inspired books.  In fact, their mission is to "serve customers by publishing practical information that encourages personal independence in harmony with the environment".  Gotta love that.
As you can see I got this at the Tractor Supply for $5.  Great deal for a great book.  Let's take a look inside.

As you can gather from the title and from the photos, this book is all about making stamps from natural elements.  Laura uses fruits and vegetables, feathers, leaves, shells and more.

     The Table of Contents reads like this:

1.  Direct Impressions of LIfe
2.  Collecting Natural Objects
3.  Pigments and Supplies
4.  Printing Methods
5.  Print Projects with Single & Repeated Motifs
6.  Creating Hand-Printed Patterns
7.  Printing Scenes and Flowers

This book is filled with design tips, characteristics of natural objects,  and loads of photos.  Most of us love the visuals.

The author gives us information on fabric, paints, paper, different printing surfaces, printing methods
and best supplies.  That's helpful for those of us who are fairly new to stamping.

Lastly, this manual is filled with projects that you'll love.  You'll find stationery, notebooks, plenty of home accessories, totes, pictures, wall murals and more.

You'll hear me say this a lot, but here we go...I LOVE THIS BOOK!  I love flower pounding(that's an upcoming review) and anything that involves nature and art is right up my alley.  The project possibilities are endless.  I also  like this book because you can do a very simplistic project - great for the kiddos, too - or you can combine elements, medium and colors and make a very involved masterpiece.
    Give this book a try.  I think you'll love it, too!

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