Natural Impressions; Taking an Artistic Path Through Nature
Natural Impressions offers a unique way to cultivate creativity by making prints directly from natural objects such as leaves, fish, and butterfly wings.
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In this innovative book with over 130 full color illustrations, author and artist Carolyn Dahl demonstrates how printing with a natural material, such as a leaf, covering it with paint and pressing it to a surface, allows artists to see and appreciate exquisite, often-overlooked details and make physical contact with the earth that sustains us.
Carolyn's love for butterflies is evident throughout the book. She instructs how to make them from leaf shapes, origami paper, and wings from naturally expired butterflies. An entire chapter is devoted to "Flying Flowers" including an essay on Monarch migration, a butterfly quest, and how to turn butterfly images into computer manipulated prints.
Natural Impressions begins with guidance on collecting materials, and the basic instructions for making a successful nature print. Divided into three sections, leaves, flowers, and fish, the book clearly demonstrates a variety of techniques using an array of mediums; for example, paints/pigments, bleach, collage, markers, textile paints, and even rubber stamps. Plus, a special section details how nature prints can meet today's technology with photocopying and computer manipulation.
The author mesmerizes readers with enchanting stories and observations about nature. She helps them realize the myriad ways nature impacts the creative spirit, and inspires them with dozens of inventive paper and fabric projects featuring remarkable nature prints. The techniques in Natural Impressions can be done successfully by anyone, and are sure to foster a deeper, more intimate relationship with nature.