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Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.
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The mission of Storey Publishing is to serve our customers by

publishing practical information that encourages

personal independence in harmony with the environment.

Edited by Kristen Campainha and Aimee Poirier

Cover image by Kevin Kennefick

Cover design by Carol J. Jessop, Black Trout Design

Text illustrations by Alison Kolesar

Text production by Jennifer Jepson Smith

© 1997 by Storey Publishing, LLC

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Bethmann, Laura Donnelly, 1953–

Making prints from nature / Laura Donnelly Bethmann.

       p. cm.

ISBN 978-1-58017-013-0 (pbk.: alk. paper)

1. Plant prints. 2. Leaf prints. 3. Prints—Technique

I. Title.

NE953.B47       1997

Making Prints from Nature

Laura Donnelly Bethmann

CONTENTS

Introduction to Nature Printing

Pressing Techniques

Printing Supplies and Equipment

Basic Nature Printing Methods

Advanced Direct Printing Techniques

Displaying Finished Prints

Nature Printing Projects with Paper

Printing Projects for Children

Introduction to Nature Printing

Nature printing is the process of recreating images from the natural world. It is a direct, inexpensive process that requires some practice, but no particular artistic talent. Little-changed from former times, this unsung, centuries-old technique has been practiced as an art, a craft, and an aid to scientific study. It yields unlimited possibilities, restricted only by the imagination and the subjects available to the individual practice.

Simple nature prints can be used to ornament correspondence, form herbariums, and illustrate nature journals and herbals. Nature printing is an art form that can be framed and displayed, but it is also a craft that can be used to decorate linens, wearables, walls, and furnishings. Moreover, nature printing is a science, as exhibited by the beautiful volumes created by herbalists, physicians, and botanists for identification or research from the 13th through the 19th centuries.

This bulletin focuses on methods and applications for plant printing, but keep in mind that there are nature printers producing