It should be fun. And productive as well.
- About 3 potatoes, different sizes
- Knife, preferably a sharp one with a broad blade so you can make one level cut across the middle of a potato
- Vegetable peeler or old-style can opener
- A paper or foam plate for mixing colors
- Craft paints, at least 3 colors typical of leaves (either greens or autumn colors), plus brown for the tree trunk
- Foam brush or other cheap brush
- Paper towels
- Scrap paper to use for test printing
- Poster frame and backing
- Sheet of poster board sized to fit in frame
|Any of these kitchen tools will give you good incised lines in the surface of your |
potato. You can practice on a spare potato to get the feel for it.
|Try slightly different shapes and sizes for your leaves.|
|The colors you choose can be realistic like these, or more imaginative.|
Consider the colors in the room where your poster will hang.
Arrange some small blobs of your chosen leaf colored craft paints on the plate. This will be your palette. Use a brush to paint the surface of the potato print with paint. No leaf is all one color, so dab different shades of greens and even some white paint to make them interesting. Don’t worry if some paint gets into the groves you cut.
|Your palette will start out tidy, but get messy as you work. That's normal.|
|Mix the colors with your brush. to make new colors. You can load one edge or one side |
of the brush with one color and use another color on the flip side.
|I used white envelopes from junk mail to test almost every potato before printing with it.|
|Start the tree in the middle of the top and aim for a rounded symmetrical shape.|
|If there are gaps in your leaves you can always cut one of your potatoes and |
use it to print partial leaves to fill the spaces.
|Don't worry if your tree trunk looks rough. That primitive quality |
is part of the charm of potato prints.
|An artist's signature tells the world you are proud of your work, |
and that it wasn't produced on an assembly line.
Once it’s dry, frame your picture in a poster frame with its acetate or glass cover.
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