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"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

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The Organic Artist by Nick Neddo

Nick Neddo's art work from wild-crafted media

Honey Bees on Honeycomb  Nick Neddo, 2014, wild-crafted crayons made from stone and beeswax.

Hummingbird Talks to Bear  Nick Neddo, 2014, ink wash with wild-crafted black walnut ink and bear fur paint brush.

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I give this book ten out of ten acorns!

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'.
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I gave this book to an artist friend and client, without having read it myself, and I think they enjoyed it, though sometimes you don't know if they are just being polite.

So today I was overjoyed to hear your glowing review, Judith!

Now, I think another artist (or two?) might be getting this for Christmas this year...
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