nature printing society information

Founded in 1976, the Nature Printing Society is an international organization devoted to nature and to the art of nature printing. It is organized and operated for artistic and educational purposes, to advance and encourage nature printing, and to further the interests of its members by promoting acquaintance and cooperation among them. The Society encourages publication of articles, demonstrations of printing, teaching of classes, and the organization of displays and exhibitions of all forms of nature printing. It has established guidelines for prints based on those followed by Gyotaku-no-kai, the Japanese fish printing organization.

The Nature Printing Society publishes a quarterly newsletter for members that contains information on techniques used in printing, schedules of classes and workshops held by and for members, dates of shows exhibiting prints by members, and bibliographies of interest to nature printers. The Society sponsored the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit of nature prints, "Pressed On Paper", which toured the US, Canada and Australia from 1981 to 1987. It was also a co-sponsor for the "Impressions of Nature" Exhibit, 2000-2001, at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, CA. (

Membership in the Nature Printing Society is encouraged for both practitioners and enthusiasts of the art of nature printing, and for those who support our philosophy of respect for nature through art.

Individual ($30 dues annual, new or renewal)
Life Member ($300)

To become a member, just visit our website and follow the prompts.

If any are available, a sample copy of the NPS newsletter may be obtained by sending $2.00 (to cover postage and handling) to:

Sharron Huffman
Newsletter Editor
14724 SE Linden LN. 
Milwaukie, OR 97267 

The Nature Printing Society's "THE ART OF PRINTING FROM NATURE: A Guidebook" (cover seen above) is brand new from cover to cover, with over 400  full color pictures and contributions from fourteen different authors who are experts in the techniques. This is probably the most comprehensive book on a wide variety nature printing methods ever published and includes instructions and inspiration for a number of techniques, some of which have never before been published.

This invaluable resource features articles and photos demonstrating beginning plant printing with stamp pads, gelatin plate printing, printing flowers and leaves on fabric, foilography, both direct and indirect fish printing, mounting your prints and more! 

It is available through the Nature Printing Society for $34.95 at

copyright 2018 Fred B. Mullett


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