Make It: Potato Printed Giftwrapcomments (9) December 18th, 2009
You might think potato printing is strictly for kindergarten art class, but potatoes are a fantastic material for printing simple, graphic designs.
Learn how to make pretty printed papers and you never have to shell out for expensive wrapping paper again. By the way, potato printing also looks great on cards, tags, and gift bags, too!
What you'll need:
- Several potatoes
- Sharp knife
- Paper towel
- Linoleum cutter
- Screen-printing ink
- Sponge brush
- Kraft paper
1. Cut a potato in half lengthwise, and blot any moisture off the potato with a paper towel.
2. Draw your design on the potato with a Sharpie. Cut around the shape with a linoleum cutter. Remember always to cut away from yourself with these tools because they are very sharp! Blot again with a paper towel.
3. Squeeze some screen-printing ink out of the tube onto a plate or into a bowl. Use a sponge brush to daub the potato just on the raised part, the part that is your design.
4. Roll out a piece of kraft paper on a flat, clean surface, and use cans or another heavy object to keep the kraft paper flat. Decide what kind of design you want to make. You might want to test your design on a scrap sheet of paper first.
5. Press the inked side of the potato down flat on the paper, press gently, and lift. Reapply ink every time you print. If you need to change the ink color, simply wash the potato in the sink and blot dry.
6. Allow the print to dry.
7. Store it rolled up as you would any other wrapping paper.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery
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