Friday, December 21, 2007

Fun with Food

Potato prints! I had not made any potato prints for ages and ages, but was inspired by needing a project for two young boys to whom I teach art. So I broke out the potatoes and the exacto knife and set about making a prototype.

It was fun. Why do I not do this more often? So easy, so necessarily simple, so satisfying.

In a Holiday theme, I cut out a steaming mug (of cocoa I presume) and a snowflake, and printed in red block printing ink. After a few tests, I recalled the big package of white tissue I had recently acquired. Soon a sheet was covered in cheerful red snowflakes and I was determined to hand-make all my wrapping paper for the year!

As it turns out, I had many other things to take up my time, and after a little more fun with potatoes and ink during the boys class, no more printing took place. And so I had one sheet of precious handprinted tissue, which was promptly used and now sorely missed.

Perhaps I will have to make Spring tissue paper!

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At December 21, 2007 at 11:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember potato prints! You are so creative.

I really hope you have a very Merry Christmas ... you and your family. I have so enjoyed your blog this year.

At December 23, 2007 at 3:41 PM , Blogger Sherry said...

I haven't done potato prints since I was a fun!!!

Amanda, wishing you the most magical Christmas filled with love and joy. All good things with many blessings for the coming year.


At December 26, 2007 at 11:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aren't they darling! I once potato-printed the wallpaper in the hallway of our home. Seeing you prints reminded me of this great art tool! I am off to make potato prints...your design is very detailed, and hard to do!!


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