Summary "The Organic Artist seeks to inspire creativity by connecting you to your wild roots. In addition to offering a wide variety of suggestions for using nature as supplies for art, this book also introduces the concepts of awareness and perception that are foundational to the creative process. Readers will refine drawing skills, as well as increase their appreciation for the visual arts and the natural landscape. Some of the projects and skills covered include the following: making paper and wild ink, working with clay and wood, printmaking and stenciling, natural pigments and paints, crayons and charcoal, pens and paintbrushes and bookbinding sketchbooks." nickneddo.com
The layout, photography and information are all excellent...very well written and illustrated.
I like how he explains each procedure in detail and also allows for variations.
He encourages us to experiment and most of all have fun.
There are so many interesting ideas here for adults and children alike it was hard to focus on one to try.
The crayons caught my interest first, beeswax and pigment. I have been collecting small red stones and feel like they would grind well and be a wonderful color. He suggests japanese knotweed tubes to mold the crayons, something that can be removed easily when they are set up. I think I can find something more local, which is something he encourages.
I love the fact that along with experimenting and coming up with step by step instructions for a diverse set of organic art supplies, he also uses them in his own amazing art work. He even explains how to wood fire the clay vessels he makes to hold the paints.
I'm excited about this book...if anyone is into gift giving this might be 'the one'.
"We're all just walking each other home." -Ram Dass
"Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder."-Rumi
“When it is understood that one loses joy and happiness in the attempt to possess them, the essence of natural farming will be realized. The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”
― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution