In Easy crafts for Kids 8 we show you step-by-step how you can create great looking prints with stamps made from potatoes. Just 4 very easy steps, that's all it takes. We also showcase a selection of truly impressive potato prints, yet still very simple, for you to try once you have gained some confidence with this craft.
The picture above was created with one very simple flower motif that was turned in different directions and printed in different colors over a complimenting solid color inlay - stunning isn't it? This technique can be used on fabrics as well.
YOU WILL NEED:
Paper or fabric, a few potatoes, metal cookie cutters, craft knife, normal kitchen knife, paper towel, sponge cloth or roller, acrylic or fabric paint.
A creative mind, patience and a steady hand for carving.
If you are too young to handle a craft knife or a kitchen knife, ask someone older to cut the patterns into the potato for you.
Use this technique to make Valentine's, Birthday, Christmas, Mother's or Father's Day cards and gift wrapping paper!
Once confident with this technique, print a T-shirt or table cloths and napkins with beautiful patterns on!
See: Textured Paper for more 'Easy Crafts for Kids' ideas if you are working on paper.
Draw some pattern inspiration from these two pages:
A simple oval shape is used, cut a few thin v-grooves into the oval shape to resemble the texture of a leaf and you are ready to build a stamped tree with different shades of green and yellow leaves. You can paint the trunk of the tree.
Making gift wrapping paper for Birthdays, Christmas and other special occasions using these very simple shapes is a super fun and easy craft for kids that will turn ordinary paper into beautiful decorated artsy paper. Also see THIS SPECIAL PAGE filled with ideas for printing patterns.
Once you have mastered this technique on paper, why not try fabrics? Start with a cheap plain T-Shirt or simply a piece of plain cloth. The dress in the center was decorated only using a triangle! Plain skirts and pants instantly receive a whole new dimension with a few strategically placed prints.
The samples of material above are from Kudhinda Fabrics. These fabrics are all printed with potatoes. One meter of fabric can have up to 900 potato prints on! Exquisitely beautiful creations. Each day in this factory starts with making fresh potato stamps to ensure the best quality prints. An amazing factory in Zimbabwe (Africa) to visit if you like potato printing!
MORE PRINTING AND STAMPING
If you enjoyed 'Potato Prints' you may like Eraser Printing too!
You can easily combine these methods of printing for stunning results.
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