book review

Hand Printing from Nature + a Giveaway!

I was so excited when the package containing Hand Printing from Nature showed up unexpectedly from Storey. The note simply read, “Kristin, I think you’ll love this book, enjoy!” I suppose that’s one of the many reasons I love working with Storey Publishing, they really get to know their authors. Anyway,  I realize now I’ve waited WAY too long to crack it open.

I’m so looking forward to getting my studio cleaned up later today so I can try out some of these beautifully crafted ideas.

Giveaway details at the end of the post!

The full title with the subtitle tells a clear story of the scope of the book: Hand Printing from Nature: Create Unique Prints for Fabric, Paper, and Other Surfaces Using Natural and Found Materials by Laura Bethmann. I’m always astounded by the amount of useful information Storey books contain while retaining their clean and easy-to-follow layout. That is something I’m always struggling with while designing my zine.

Throughout the book, Laura is articulate, thoughtful, and entertaining! I’ve really enjoyed reading through it over the last week. You can really feel her passion for nature printing when she talks about how “the artistry of nature’s designs is revealed.”

Having tried my hand at printing with nature, I was impressed with the clean impressions she is able to make with anything from a kitchen-cut cabbage to garden-collected sage leaves.

The book contains everything you’ll need to start making your own prints and beyond. The author has created a large variety of projects that introduce readers to all the ways printing with nature can fill your life with the “branching, radiating, turbulence, and spiraling” patterns encompassed within their forms.

While printing with nature could be considered something easily mastered, this book gives you the fundamentals and all the beyond the basic skills to really hone your skills. Plus I’ve never found it exactly easy and really enjoyed all the pro-tips.

The Giveaway!

Happily, Storey has offered up an extra copy of the book (I was going to giveaway my own, but after reading it have decided there’s no way I’m letting it out of my possession!) to giveaway to one lucky US reader.

 

 

To enter the giveaway:

  • Sign up for Craft Leftovers eNews
  • Leave a comment here on this post letting me know you’re signed up
  • Complete Steps 1 & 2 by Midnight on Thursday, June 14th

 

Happy Crafting!

Kristin M Roach

17 thoughts on “Hand Printing from Nature + a Giveaway!

  1. I signed up! Thanks for the giveaway–I’m in love with those projects!

  2. Count me in! I’m signed up. Nice seeing you the other day and your zine was really cool. Did you go to Market Day again?

  3. I signed up for your eNews! I didn’t realize you had that available, or I would have signed up sooner! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book. If I can get results as clean as her results, I’ll be truly impressed wth myself :)

  4. I have signed up for your e-news letter.  I am excited to get it.  I would also love a copy of the book!  :O) 

  5. I signed up. I love Mend it Better. Great seeing Marisa in there.

  6. I signed up. Regardless of the giveaway, this book must enter my craft porn collection. Yep. Craft porn. Awesome craft instruction with beautiful photos and thoughtful layout. (By the way, Mend It Better is my most recent addition to the collection. I LOVE it! Thank you!)

  7. All signed up and looking forward to getting in touch with my naturey crafting self.

  8. I just signed up for your newsletter. I just came across your website & love the idea of your zine! I’ve developed a real passion for making something out of nothing, so scouring your site has been a great way to stir the imagination. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity as well. Wonderful book! Always loved printmaking!

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