Inspired by the traditional art of block printing, we have created step by step instructions for you to make a ‘block print’ at home, using simple house-hold materials, like potatoes!
Wooden block printing has a long tradition in India where a design is carved into a printing block, the surface of the block is placed in dye and then printed onto the cloth. We found a great video on Youtube that shows more of the detailed process involved.
Important note: This is a great activity for children, but please make sure an adult does all of the cutting work.
For paper print
For fabric print
1. Cut out the patterned shapes provided on our downloadable pattern sheet (PDF 479 KB).
2. Cut your potatoes in half. Make sure the outside of the potato is clean!
3. On the flat cut side of the potato, place one of the cut out pattern shapes. Trace the shape onto the potato.
4. Using your crafting blade, cut around the pattern shape, removing the potato around the pattern. This will create your solid stamp pattern.
5. Lay your fabric or paper onto a flat surface. You might like to lay down some newspaper underneath and pop on a painting smock in case your paint gets a bit messy!
6. Using a paint brush, cover your potato stamp with a thin layer of paint. Carefully place your potato stamp onto the fabric or paper and press down firmly. Remove the stamp and repeat the process evenly across the fabric/paper to make a beautiful pattern.