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Topic: "You say potato..." Prints and Tut Link- IMG Heavy!!! Now with more prints!  (Read 6345 times)
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« on: May 18, 2007 03:04:46 PM »

I don't know what made me think of doing this, but I made some potato stamps yesterday, pulled out some poster paints, and made these:

Strange colored citrus (my absolute favorite)



Lemons, limes, and oranges



Fern leaf motif (one of my favorites)



Fern leaf star



Lemons and an orange



Black and white lemons



Here are the potato stamps I used, plus a couple extra that I made today (I'll put up their prints ASAP)



Some green chairs (imagine brown too, I also made brown chair prints)


A red print, framed, also made today


I hung some prints too!


To make your own potato print:

1. Cut a medium sized potato in half (I prefer length-wise; it gives you more surface area for a larger pattern)

2. Think of an image you want to make into a stamp. Circular images and images containing straight lines are easier to cut into the potato, I think.

3. While holding a paring knife like a pencil (please be careful), lightly and slowly trace your desired image into the potato flesh. If you make errors, you can correct them now if you haven't traced too deeply into the potato. Once you have the image you want traced lightly, trace it again with the knife, making deep cuts into the potato flesh.

4. Now you will remove pieces of potato from the image to reveal your stamp. You will need to figure out how to scoop the pieces out without disturbing the image. I like to use the tip of my knife to pry the pieces out of the smaller areas, and I cut parallel to the flat surface of the potato, prying away larger sections when I am sure this will not cut away important parts of the stamp. I suppose you could use other objects to cut away unwanted potato, like pencil tips, wire (from a paper clip, perhaps), etc. Presto! You have a potato stamp!

5. When you're satisfied with your finished potato stamp, get out some paint (I use poster paint from the dollar store, nothing fancy, but you could use any type of thicker paint easily), and use either one of those hard paint rollers, a foam brush, or your finger (I used my finger), to cover the stamp in paint. Press the stamp onto paper or your desired surface firmly, and reveal your image!

Sorry about the wrinkles in the paper Grin.  I'm not really sure what to do with these prints now; I was thinking maybe framing them and putting them on a wall or something.  What else do you think I could do with these?

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2007 03:15:12 PM »

Very cute!  I think the lemons, limes, and oranges one is my favorite.
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2007 03:19:03 PM »

Potato prints are so awesome!!! Do you have a special technique that you use when carving the potato? I mean, is it that easy that you just trace it and remove the other pieces? And could you show pictures of the actual potato stamp?

BTW, you could also make those prints into awesome cards.
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2007 03:23:38 PM »

those look really good!! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2007 03:26:30 PM »

The one with lemons and 1 orange is awesome! It would look great in an orange/yellow themed kitchen (sorry, I'm rather in love with those for some reason).
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2007 03:36:23 PM »

Those are super cute. I agree about the card idea or even part of a book cover or scrapbook-y thing. Great job!
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2007 03:59:16 PM »

Thanks so much for the comments!

Potato prints are so awesome!!! Do you have a special technique that you use when carving the potato? I mean, is it that easy that you just trace it and remove the other pieces? And could you show pictures of the actual potato stamp?

I just placed a link to a more thorough tutorial within the original post, as well as a picture of the stamps used; but, the process was really really easy.  Each stamp took less than five minutes to make!  I like instant craft gratification! Grin
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2007 04:39:05 PM »

Thank you so much for the tute. Kiss

And who doesn't love instant gratification? I think I'll have to try this!

One more question: Do you think any type of paint would work? I only have acrylic.
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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2007 06:46:28 PM »

One more question: Do you think any type of paint would work? I only have acrylic.

I'm pretty sure acrylic paint would work; any thicker paint, I think, would work wonderfully.  Just no watercolors or anything really thin, I suppose, unless you could somehow make it work.

Thanks for the comments and questions!
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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2007 06:49:20 PM »

Oooooo!  I really liked the lemon, limes, and oranges one.  And the lemons one with the one orange.  Such great colors and stamp.
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« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2007 07:51:46 PM »

Oh, I am so excited that I saw these. I remember doing those in grade school *reminiscing*. HOW FUN! You did such a good job on those, I love them. I am thinking maybe some fabric paint on t-shirts would be great fun. Jo-anne's here I come...... Thanks for the inspiration  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2007 09:10:46 PM »

Wow, that's great.  I forgot how much I loved doing those.  Thanks for the tute, I'm off to purchase potatoes tomorrow!
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« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2007 07:56:27 PM »

I just added some more prints, in the original post.  I'm addicted to potato printing!
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« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2007 10:41:58 AM »

How'd you do the swirly red print?

I love them so much! Thanks for showing the actual stamp!
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« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2007 01:04:53 PM »

How'd you do the swirly red print?

I cut the stamp like this:



I just stamped the print by lining the stamped images up vertically on the paper.

Thanks for asking!
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« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2007 01:09:37 PM »

Thanks! Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2007 08:34:35 AM »

i'm having one of those lovely gentle crafty days. i just went and added a mountain of potato prints to my necktie skirt and my plates of cupcakes. thanks for the inspiration!

and don't they look ikea-ish? i could see myself buying these if i saw them in ikea.
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« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2007 01:26:46 PM »

I love them all! I tried this once, and failed. Big time. I'll have to take a look at your tute and try it again. Smiley
The lemon/line/orange and the chairs are probably my favorites.
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« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2007 08:34:57 AM »

i can't believe how great these look,  low-tech and awesome!!!

the chairs are my favourite.
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 Grin the chairs are my fav!!!
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« Reply #21 on: May 24, 2007 03:56:10 PM »

 I bought some fabric in Zimbabwe a few years ago that was potato printed-you could really do something cool with fabric paint on cloth.
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Yeah, I just got some fabric paints at the thrift store just for that. I cant wait to have a break in my busyness to experiment. I was thinking some t-shirts as well as some canvas bags. ooh ooh ooh, cursed housework, I want to start now!!!
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Who knew potato prints could look so cool?
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« Reply #24 on: June 13, 2007 07:00:00 PM »

Potato stamps, I totally forgot about that technique. Ingenious! Your prints are pieces of art.
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« Reply #25 on: June 14, 2007 07:03:55 AM »

Thanks so much for the kind words!

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Amazing!  i never would have thought of that!
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