Making Prints from Nature: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-177 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin)
Laura Donnelly Bethmann
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landowner and get permission to collect plants. If in doubt, check town, county, or city records for property ownership. State and national parks don’t allow removal of anything, but it doesn’t hurt to ask the park superintendent. Rare and endangered species should never be disturbed. Local gardens, conservation groups, or your state department of natural resources can provide a list of threatened plants. Ancient Roots Possibly inspired by leaf fossils, nature printing is believed to be an
equal to the thickness of the stem or branch, and place them over the leaves only. Secure it with tape if necessary. Lay large sheets of newspaper over the whole plant and place weight on top of it. Certain flowers also require padding to equalize the pressing. For example, daisy-like blossoms that have thin ray petals around a thick central disk need a “doughnut” of padding over the petals to match the thickness of the disk. To make one, cut a circle a little larger than the flower from a pad
itself is best used fresh and cut in half to reveal seeds and other inner structures. Blot well to absorb excess moisture before ink or paint is applied. Halving fruits and vegetables creates a flat surface which makes printing easier and results in interesting images. Remoisturizing Dry Plants Plants needs to be supple to accept ink or they will crumble. If you are using plants that were collected in autumn or winter and have become brittle or plants that have dried in the press, you will
newsprint or paper toweling. If you prefer to see the leaf while you press it, cover with a piece of sturdy plastic such as clear freezer bag. Cut plenty of cover sheets a little larger than your plant to have on hand during your printing season. 7. Press with your hands. For a small leaf, press with the heel of your hand. For a large leaf, press your left thumb (or right thumb, if you are left-handed) firmly at the center of the leaf to anchor it, then use the thumb, fingers, or heel of your
print. 3. Position an envelope face down over the leaves on the stationery as you would like it to be printed and press with the heel of your hand. 4. Remove envelope and leaf carefully and allow printed paper to dry before using. Nature-Printed Calendar You can make a nature-printed wall calendar from a blank Sketchbook brand calendar, available at art and craft supply stores. The months and days are printed on the bottom half; you supply the nature prints for the top half and the cover.