Our printing guide, "THE ART OF PRINTING FROM NATURE: A Guidebook, 40th Anniversary Edition" is the most comprehensive book on nature printing methods we've ever published: 132 pages of techniques, instruction, artwork, and inspiration with over 400 color photographs.
Over 20 NPS members, all experts in their subjects, have provided 35 fully illustrated chapters that thoroughly cover beginning and advanced gyotaku (fish printing), botanical printing, how to work on cloth and fabric, eco-dyeing, color theory, cyanotype, mushroom spore prints — even printing spider webs!
Nature printing is an ancient art form that takes objects in nature and, through the use of a wide variety of techniques, transfers the beauty of those objects into art. The Nature Printing Society is the largest, international organization existing solely for the purpose of promoting and encouraging nature printing. We help disseminate educational materials and support acquaintance and cooperation both among our members and with the general public. We encourage publication of articles about nature printing, demonstrations of printing, teaching of printing classes, and organization of displays, exhibits, and shows of nature printing. Membership in NPS includes our beautiful quarterly newsletter as well as an opportunity to attend our annual week-long conference held each year in a different location.
Browse our website to learn more about the history of nature printing, the work of our members, and upcoming nature printing events.
For purchase information on "THE ART OF PRINTING FROM NATURE", click here.
Curious about membership in the Nature Printing Society?
Our quarterly, full color newsletter comes out in hard copy. In it we share our work, our news and our techniques, and it’s a major benefit of NPS membership. Inside you’ll also find information about our events, such as the annual, in-person NPS Workshop, and regular online Show and Tell. Along with our social media connections, members use the newsletter to keep in touch, learn from one another, and find inspiration. Click here for your sample newsletter.!
Fall 2023 Printing Prompt: 'Red' - Email them to Lori Loftus at firstname.lastname@example.org
iClick below to start the 2023 Summer 'Green' printing prompt gallery. Click here to see past printing prompts.
iClick below to start the 2023 Fall 'Red' printing prompt gallery. Click here to see past printing prompts.
2023 NPS Silent Auction: to bid on items in our second NPS online Silent Auction, click here
We are a non-profit arts organization whose members are dedicated to nature printing in all forms. We support both the art of nature printing and its history, and we share our printmaking techniques both online and, principally, at a yearly conference. Our book, The Art of Printing from Nature (to purchase click here) collects the best nature printing techniques and tips from our members.
Membership in NPS is open to everyone who supports our philosophy of respecting nature through the art of the print.
At our yearly workshop we teach, print, fish, botanize, and relax in a beautiful setting.