Natural Color is a treat for the eyes. It was clearly assembled by an artist. It makes me feel very down to earth. There is a perfect balance between energy and calm in the photos. For example, if the composition is calming, the colors are energizing and vice versa. I would get this book just to look at it.
But the book has more to offer than just pictures. It’s a cookbook for the craftsman. The author herself acknowledges “making natural color from scratch is much like cooking.” The book starts from the very basics of plant dying, materials, and setting up a studio and moves on to more advanced techniques. I wouldn’t say that the recipes in this book are for dabblers. You’ll have to be willing to go out and get at least a few ingredients, some more exotic than others. However, if you’re interested in going deep into the topic and spending time with this type of work Natural Color is great place to start.
Lastly, I love how Duerr has sectioned the book off into seasons. With a title like Natural Color it’s easy to assume that it would be a book meant for summer and spring, but there are projects for every season. It also includes a great variety of items to work with, including necklaces, curtains, and sweaters.
My only true qualms are the small letter sizes and that I don’t have more time to dedicate to the projects in this book.
*Disclaimer- I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
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