I learned about nature printing from an article in the publication now called Northern Gardener. The first nature printing workshop I took was in December 2001 with my teacher, Sonja Larsen, who wrote the magazine article. I’ve been printing plants ever since.

The best thing I’ve learned from printing plants is to really see and appreciate the natural world around me, and to have opportunities through classes and demonstrations to guide others to have a greater appreciation for our shared environment.

It’s also rewarding to identify and print leaves and plants that grow in my yard and neighborhood during the variety of seasons we experience in Minnesota.

Demonstrating nature printing to children and adults is a delightful experience at Wet Paint Artists’ Materials and Framing in St. Paul, where I got my start in 2002, and at art centers, art tours, native plant nurseries, private gardens, and elsewhere in the Twin Cities metro area and western Wisconsin. I also very much enjoy teaching classes and showing and selling my note cards and original prints.

I’m a member of the Nature Printing Society, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the Minnesota Native Plant Society, Wild Ones Twin Cities, White Bear Center for the Arts, the Edina Art Center, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and the Colleagues of Calligraphy, and work as a writer and graphic designer from my home in south Minneapolis.

Thank you for your interest in nature printing. Please send me an email if you’re interested in having a nature printing workshop at your school, office, nature center, garden club, or community event. My email address is: sfilbin@gmail.com

Events 2014

Fresh Art Studio Tour
Friday, October 3 to Sunday, October 5

University of Minnesota—College of Continuing Education (see listing below)

Women’s Art Festival
Sat., Dec. 13, 9:30 A.M.–4:30 P.M.
2924-4th Ave. So, Minneapolis (Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center)

Classes 2014

Edina Art Center

Printing on Fabric
7220—Sat., Oct. 25, Noon–3 P.M.

University of Minnesota—College of Continuing Education
LearningLife One-day Immersion
Nature Printing—History and Hands-On
Sat., Oct. 11, 9 A.M.–4 P.M.

Completed Events 2014

Design With Nature
Sat., Feb. 22

Three Sisters Eclectic Arts, St. Paul, MN
Nature Printing demo
Sat., May 31, 9:30–12:30

Landscape Revival—demo and sale
Sat., June 7, 9–3

Washburn Librarydemo &  sale by Friends of the Washburn Library
Sat., June 14, 10–1

Summer Solstice Celebration
Sat., June 21, 1–5

Nature Printing Demonstration
Natural Shore Technologies, Inc.
Sat., June 28, 10–1

Hennepin County Library—Washburn
Original prints (20+) exhibited until July 31

Art Sale & Garden Tour
Fri., July 18, 5–9 and Sat., July 19, 11–5
This urban garden is a Monarch way station & pollinator habitat. You must see it—and the artwork of Paul Damon & Liz Carlson, along with my prints & note cards.

Arboretum Art Crawl through the Gardens
Sat., Aug. 16, 10–4; Sun., Aug. 17, 12–4

Monarch Festival
Sat., Sept. 6, 10 A.M.–4 P.M.
East shore of Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis

Wet Paint—nature printing demo and discussion
Thur., Sept. 11, 5:30–7:30 P.M.—repeated every half hour
1684 Grand Ave., St. Paul

Pollinator Buzzaroo
Sat., Sept. 20, Noon–4 P.M.
3118 West 49th St., Minneapolis (49th & York Ave. So.)

Edina Art Center
Nature Printing
7221—Mon., Sept. 22, 6–9 P.M

White Bear Center for the Arts
Nature Printing
Sat., Sept. 27


  • By Linda lundborg, August 13, 2010 @ 2:02 am

    Hi Sue. Happy to see you are still doing your beautiful leaf printing!

    We are busy again after a slow start to the year. And the big news is that we are moving to our home in Maine this fall. Know anyone looking for a charming bungalow in Linden Hills?

    Best to you
    -Linda L

  • By Mary Selby, October 13, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    It was so nice to meet you last night. I look forward to seeing you at future Salon events and possibly having you share your knowledge with some Girl Scout volunteers in August.

  • By Val Anderson, January 23, 2014 @ 10:43 pm

    Hi Sue,
    I was so excited when I stumbled across your website by chance today. Do you remember me, your former alley neighbor? I now have a store in lowertown St. Paul called Three Sisters Eclectic Arts. We sell work from all Minnesota artists and artisans and host art classes. Sent me an email or note if you are interested in joining us.

  • By Roma Krasauskiene, May 18, 2014 @ 5:41 am

    Hi Sue,
    Lina and Nida sent for me You picture postcard.Thank you. I will be happy to meet you this summer.Roma

  • By Sue, May 22, 2014 @ 2:28 pm

    Hi Roma, It is so nice to receive your greeting. Thank you. I look forward to seeing you this summer.

  • By Kathleen Steiger, June 16, 2014 @ 11:03 pm

    Sue, Thank you so much for being our Washburn Library Artist on Saturday! I really enjoyed working with you and know that I will enjoy sending the cards to friends and family. Now I need to take some time away from volunteering at the library and LOOK carefully at each of your prints! Thanks for the ride home in the rain also!

  • By Sue, June 17, 2014 @ 8:21 pm

    Hi Kathleen, I was happy to meet you last Saturday and grateful for your friendly, enthusiastic sales of my note cards. I’m pleased that a percentage of the sales will contribute to the generous work you and other Friends of the Washburn Library provide on behalf of all of us who benefit from that community library. My husband commented that the librarians, guests, and the environment itself all seemed welcoming and friendly. I agree. Thank you so much, Kathleen.

  • By Julie Reeve, September 12, 2014 @ 4:36 pm

    Really enjoyed my evening with you at Wet Paint.
    Don’t know where print making is going to take me… but I know I’m going somewhere with it.

  • By Sue, September 13, 2014 @ 3:45 pm

    Hi Julie, THX for your kind comments. With your sense of color & composition, you’ll be absorbed by the endless patterns & possibilities present in printmaking. I know you’ll have fun!

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