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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3 Comments:

At December 21, 2007 at 11:39 PM , Anonymous Becca 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 kid...how fun!!!

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

xo
Sherry

 
At December 26, 2007 at 11:31 AM , Anonymous tongue in cheek 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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