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September 8, 2014 | Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski, Botanical Art & Illustration Programs Manager

Practice Makes Perfect: A Botanical Illustration Sketchbook from Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration not only represents skills and abilities, but also creativity, ideas and friendship. Illustration can take many forms; it has an ability to transform a page and can add magic to words to present what simple text might imply, but can not say.

The primary goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds to publish the limited edition Practice Makes Perfect: A Botanical Illustration Sketchbook. The book showcases a unique collection of talent and expertise, including natural science illustrations, artistic explorations and calligraphy with a personal touch. It includes a foreword by Dr. Shirley Sherwood, Kew, U.K. and 76 full color illustrations by artists from the Gardens’ botanical illustration community, including international experts, each presenting insight into the artist's way of working.

The stretch goal of this Kickstarter project is to receive funds to establish an Illustrator/Artist in Residence Program at Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration.

Please back this great project! For more information watch this project video:

Botanical art is undergoing a great renaissance and it is delightful to see such a wide and lively interpretation in this charming sketchbook. - Dr. Shirley Sherwood

Jessy Bergeman's sketch from the Japanese Garden

Denver Botanic Gardens is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. All donations to Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration qualify as a charitable deduction on your federal income tax return.

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