I recently decided to experiment with potato printing to make some fall themed notecards for Thanksgiving.
Potato printing is a great affordable craft, and you can do so many things with it! You can print on notecards like I did, or make your own fabric, tote bags, journals, wrapping paper, or anything else you can think of. It’s also a great way for kids to create meaningful gifts for the holidays.
So, read on for instructions on how to make your very own potato print!
sharp kitchen knife
paint (I used Speedball Block Printing Ink)
paintbrush or paint roller
paper (I used Strathmore Printmaking Paper) or other surface to be printed on
Step 1: Cut Your Potato in Half
Use a sharp kitchen knife to cut your potato in half. The potato must be cut in one motion to ensure that the carving surface is smooth. Raw potatoes are hard, so it’s best if an adult does this part.
Step 2: Carve Your Potato Stamp
Use your x-acto knife to carve your design onto the surface of the potato. Simple designs work best, since it is difficult to achieve detail.
Step 3: Apply Paint to Your Potato Stamp
Use your paintbrush or paint roller to apply ink to your stamp. If you decide to print on fabric, you will need to use fabric block printing ink.
Step 4: Apply Your Stamp to Desired Surface
Apply even pressure to ensure that the ink is transferred.
Step 5: Voila!
Step back and admire your handiwork. Happy potato printing!