Potato Printing How To

I've been feeling a little ill over the past few days and wasn't up for any real life work, I still wanted to do something creative and textiles related so I decided to try my hand at potato printing. I havent done this since I was wee but I'll show you the basics so you can have a go too!
I went for a sweet potato, they seem to be less watery then the normal ones.  First step is to choose a suitable shape and size of potato for your design, I would stick with something simple and geometric if its your first try. Heck, why not just cut your potato in half and do a polka dot pattern like me?
I used the end end of the potato to print with, perfectly ergonomic for stamping! I chose a relatively small potato but big polka dots always look awesome.
Next step is to choose a lovely paint colour, grey is always a winner. Splodge a small amount onto a plate and make sure the base of the potato is covered evenly. Try out a few test stamps on a scrap of fabric to see what effects you like most, I love the imperfections personally.
Then all you have to do is stamp away. I went for quite neat rows, but random patterns would look great too. Take your time with it if your a perfectionist like me, acrylic does not wash off!
Tah dah! Look what you've made, hand printed fabric that would rival Marimekko.

I also made a notebook today, I have loads of sample wallpaper prints I printed at uni so I think i'll make lots more notebooks and maybe bunting out of them? I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, let me know if you'd like more. 

8 comments

  1. Really liked the tutorial - a nice idea! Would love to see more!

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  2. I enjoyed it very much! Would be great to learn more!

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  3. Simple and beautiful, thanks for sharing, Pippa.

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  4. Love this. Question: what brand of ink/paint did you use?

    Thx!

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  5. Thank you, I used acrylic paint but I think fabric paint would work better and be less crispy!

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  6. Thanks for posting this! I have been on the search for stamping info online this week.

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  7. Thanks for the fantastic tutorial! I used your instructions to potato-print a polka dot tee:
    http://www.craftbandit.ca/2012/08/a-parade-of-squares-and-circles.html

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    1. Aww thank you! Its so nice to see projects like that! You have a really lovely blog too.

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