Me and my friend, Ruth, meet up every so often for a crafty session and general catch-up. This summer we tried our hands at something delightfully simple - potato printing! Do you remember that from school? One of the most basic of printing techniques, bold, colourful and actually a great craft. After researching the process and some design examples on Pinterest we got together the supplies and set to work...
Here are the instructions so you can have a go yourself or even better, host your own potato-printing craft session!
Large potatoes or Sweet Potatoes
Sharp knife and chopping board
- Chop a potato in half and sketch out your chosen design using a water-resistant marker pen. (Make sure your design is not too complicated as simple shapes work best).
- Cut out the negative space around your design so that your shape has a good depth and is cleanly cut.
- Now for the fun part, choose either fabric paint or printing ink, depending on what you are going to print on and yes, it does make a difference as using fabric paint on paper really doesn't work and vice versa.
- You may want to experiment first to make sure your stamp gives the effect you want and to experiment with the amount of paint and pressure needed.
- Leave the paint to dry until it is dry to the touch.
- If using fabric paint, you can then iron over this (cover with paper first) to bind the ink to the fabric.
- Above all, have fun and embrace your inner child with this back-to-basics activity!
I really enjoyed potato printing and am determined to try it again before Christmas to make my own gift wrapping and perhaps a few home-made gifts. If you give this a try, I'd love to see your pics!