Nature printing was practiced by naturalists of the 18th and 19th centuries as an efficient method of recording plant specimens. Marbling is a centuries-old process of decorating paper. Benjamin Franklin made use of both techniques as an anti-counterfeiting device for paper currency. Inspired by Joseph Breintnall’s nature prints, he incorporated them into the design of some of America’s earliest paper money and used marbled paper to print financial documents. Decorate your own paper through the Suminagashi marbling technique and make nature prints using the methods pioneered by Joseph Breintnall and Anna Atkins.
Our Artists’ Workshop series is rooted in the rich history of Bartram’s Garden, the oldest botanical garden in America. Following in the tradition of pioneering American explorer and botanical illustrator William Bartram, teaching artists Heather Rinehart and Alina Josan approach fine art through their love of nature and history. Heather Rinehart has a professional background in illustration and design and a deep interest in nature and storytelling. Alina Josan studied painting at the Tyler School of Art. Her work has been commissioned by several notable historic institutions in Philadelphia. As highly knowledgeable Bartram’s Garden enthusiasts, these artists are in a unique position to offer their students instruction in multi-disciplinary place-based art.