spiral bound, 191 pp., $20.95
Getting close to nature in a unique way is the theme of this instruction manual on hand printing. Artist Laura Bethmann is an advocate of creating beauty through a direct printing process using natural, found materials, and pigment. The author first presents examples of objects suitable for making prints and tells where to gather them. She reviews the various printing methods; directs attention to printing projects with single and repeated motifs; and then tells how to create hand-printed patterns and scenes with flowers. There is a useful directory of resources, a bibliography, and listing of references that can be reached
by e-mail. Examples of her handworks from simple notepaper to wall murals are attractively illustrated throughout this guide.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden