It’s a great feeling to be inspired by nature. This week we invite you to get more connected with the natural world, and so we’ve put together a couple of simple ways to get creative with the natural resources that Mother Nature has to offer.
A much loved school activity, this is also a fantastic way of appreciating natures beautiful patterns and textures. Simply lie your desired object flat underneath a piece of paper, take a soft pencil or charcoal, if you have it, and rub gently over the surface to bring the object underneath alive on your paper.
This one does require more equipment, but the results can be stunning. Feathers, ferns, and other foraged materials make the perfect subject matter.
How to Mono-Print
You will need:
Mother Nature’s treasures
An old book
Paper (printmaking versions work best)
Water-soluble block printing ink
Old newspapers to make clean up easy
You can also watch a handy mono-printing tutorial by Lorna Miller here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTboiaDJhLA
Flower pressing and collaging
The best flowers for pressing are dry and without morning dew. Try to also go for thin -petalled flowers as they tend to dry out quicker.
Remove the stamens as close to the base as possible and cut thick flowers in half to dry flat. Wrap your delights in greaseproof paper and slot them into a heavy set book, pilling more books on top can also be helpful.
Wait at least a week before removing and be very careful.
These pressed beauties make beautiful adornments to collages with other pieces of nature’s bounty.
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