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As I'm sure you know, one of my favorite hobbies is painting. I paint a lot on canvas, but I also paint tote bags. On Wednesday I finally tried a method I've been wanting to try for a while - potato stamping!
It seemed easy enough, and I had some potatoes on hand, so I gathered my supplies, opened the window to let some light in, and settled down on the living room floor.
Here's what you'll need to start your own potato stamping project:
These are things you probably have on hand - easy peasy. The biggest choice is probably deciding what to stamp, because the possibilities are pretty endless. I chose a bag, but you could choose to stamp some curtains to hang in the living room, a blanket, a t-shirt, a pillowcase - anything! I even used a bit of the leftover paint to stamp a spread in my journal.
If you're stamping cloth, you could do what I did and mix acrylic paint and textile medium, or you could get a fabric paint.
Ready to get started?
Step 1: Pick a fairly regular-shaped potato so you can easily carve the shape you want without any funny bumps. The size of the potato really depends on the size of stamp you're wanting.
Step 2: Begin cutting the desired shape into the potato. Use a small, sharp knife. I wouldn't pick something too intricate for your first time unless you're just confident with your potato cutting skills. I went super simple with a "t" or cross shape. It ended up kind of disproportional, which I liked.
You can see in my pictures below that I cut the cross shape first (red) then cut out the corners from the cross (blue).
Step 3: Make sure your shape is relatively flat so that it stamps evenly. Turn the potato sideways and carefully cut the curve off so your stamp is flat and the skin is gone, like below.
Step 4: Pour your chosen paint onto a flat surface. Gently roll your potato stamp into the paint, covering it evenly.
Step 5: Press and gently roll your stamp onto your chosen surface. Make sure to roll it from side to side carefully so that the design presses correctly - or you could intentionally leave it a little ragged looking, like I did.
Step 6: Take selfies on the floor while one side dries, ha! Just kidding, but that's what I did. I hung out for a bit while my bag dried on one side before I flipped it over and stamped the back.
This was such a fun project, and pretty simple, too! I'm glad I finally got around to it, and I like how it turned out. Now I'm thinking up what else I might like to stamp.
If you're interested in having a tote stamped for you, you can order your own custom stamped tote on my Etsy here!
Have you tried potato stamping before? How did it go?
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I'm a twenty-something trying to figure out this adult thing and using my spare time to run an art shop on Etsy and write a blog about life, art, education, and travel.