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The Art And Craft Of Pounding Flowers: No Ink, No Paint, Just A Hammer

The Art and Craft of Pounding FlowersNo ink, no paint--just a hammer!Who would imagine that flowers and leaves from your garden, from a houseplant, or even from a store, could be used--without the fuss of ink or paint--to make beautiful, lasting images? This remarkable new book shows you how to transfer pigment directly from a flower or leaf onto fabric or paper for an exquisite imprint--with just a hammer!Complete instructions on choosing the best plants, selecting fabrics and paper, hammering flowers, and preserving your botanical impressionsMore than 50 projects, including greeting cards, wrapping paper and ribbon, journals, place mats, napkins, throw pillows, wall hangings, curtains, T-shirts, scarves, baby gifts, Christmas ornaments, and much more--all with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructionsGorgeous color photographs and illustrations throughoutCraft and gardening enthusiasts alike will enjoy this beautiful book that combines two of the most popular and rewarding hobbies in America. Parents, teachers, and children will love it, too! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Hardcover: 192 pages

Publisher: Q V C Publishing; First Edition edition (June 2001)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1928998410

ISBN-13: 978-1928998419

Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.9 x 0.8 inches

Shipping Weight: 2 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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I found Laura Martin's book over a year ago, and following the very easy to understand steps, have learned to pound flowers, leaves, and stems onto treated material (she gives the receipe)and also on paper. I have been able to spend many stress-relieving moments with my board and hammer in my little flower garden on cool mornings capturing and preserving the lovely blossoms which I have used to make very special cards, gifts, and treasures that will last a lifetime. I am now teaching this art to a few good friends and some young girls in our homeschool group, encouraging them to buy this book! My 9 year old daughter and I love to make "Flower Fairies" and "Flower Ballarinas" to put on cards, in frames, and on material for pillows and handmade journal covers, etc. The ideas shared have endless possibilities! If you have had a stressful day, go outside in a shaded area, sit on a blanket with your supplies, pick a few wildflowers, or blooms from your garden, or even some from the flowers you find in the floral market of your grocery store, and pound to your hearts content! I especially appreciate Laura Martin's knowledge of flowers shared in her "Plant Guide" in the back of the book. It has inspired me to plant more flowers, spend more time at the floral market and public gardens. I have even purchased seeds from a Wildflower Company online to grow this spring on our 1/2 acre of land that is usually overgrown with weeds! When I visit our kids in Oregon next month, we plan to find some ferns on our hikes that we will pound while taking a rest from our hiking. We will have these beautiful plants preservered as a wonderful reminder of our visit!

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