Create Beautiful Fall Prints with a Potato
Certain craft techniques you never outgrow. Did you ever do potato craft printing as a kid? This fall, revisit this simple, yet satisfying stamping technique and create some beautiful Fall leaf-inspired stationery. By using your XACTO knife and a steady hand, you can create stunning fall leaf designs onto an everyday potato.
Start by cutting a regular russet potato in half with a kitchen knife, on the long or short end depending on how big you want your print. Slice off the end if need be to make a flat surface with which to work with. You can use handpicked leaves as inspiration, or create your own designs. Draw your leaf design onto one side of the potato wedge with a thin marker. Using your XACTO knife, carve around the outer edges of your leaf shape first, making sure to leave a layer that is raised up enough from the background so as to get a clean print from. Remember, you are carving potato away and leaving the flat surface of a leaf shape for the print. Next, carve out details in your leaf design creating veins. This will add interest and sophication to a simple craft technique such as this. Once you are happy with your finished carved design, do a test print. Using a small sponge brush, apply paint onto your carved potato and then stamp onto paper. Try using a color palette reminiscent of fall leaves like oranges, reds and yellows, and see the cool effects you will get by mixing the colors while printing. Stamp onto plain white or cream notecards, and let dry.
Continue to stamp onto enough cards and envelopes to create a whole fall leaf stationery set. Make it a family art project. These handcrafted cards would make a great homemade gift, or a perfect way to send a personal note with a one-of-a-kind printed design.