A step-by-step tutorial
If you are in search of easy arts and crafts projects for kids (or adults), potato stamps are a great option. They are easy to make, easy to use, and you probably have most of the items you need already in your home.
To get started, you will need the following:
- Potatoes (each potato will make 2 stamps)
- Paint (if you are planning to make permanent prints on fabric use acrylic paint or a non-washable fabric paint)
- Paint Brush
- Pen or Pencil
- A Plate, Dish or something for your paint (wax paper or aluminum foil will also do the job)
- Paper Towels or Wipes (recommended)
- Newspaper (recommended)
Once you have everything together, start by using the newspaper to cover your surface for easy clean up.
Cut each of the potatoes you plan to use in halves. Each potato will make two stamps.
Use a pen or pencil to draw / lightly carve the desired design into the flat edge of the potato. It is best to start off with simple shapes and designs, too much detail will often get lost once the paint is applied.
Now that you have your shape or design, use a knife to slowly and carefully cut around the outline of the design. A couple centimeters should be fine. You can always go back over the cut if you feel like it is too shallow.
fter making the cut around your design, carefully cut into the potato from the outside edge. Begin removing the area surrounding the design. I like to make diagonal cuts that lead to the edge, as if you are cutting a pie, then removing the sections. Once you have the bulk of the excess potato removed, you can clean up the edges of your design.
Now that your stamp is ready, its time for the printing to begin! Apply paint to your potato stamp and begin applying to the surface of your choice. Some fun options are kerchiefs, aprons, shirts, or stick to the basics and make your prints on paper.
Once you are done, let your artwork dry and enjoy!