Sweet Potato Print

potato print sweatshirt

It’s a cold and wintry day today so I have bundled myself in sweats. Specifically, I am sporting a super thick sweatshirt that I found at a surplus store in Parkdale back in December. I had a plan to paint a pattern on it but instead opted to make a block print it by carving leaf shapes into potatoes. It’s not the most original idea, but it’s one I’ve never tried before.

Turns out it is super easy. You make a stamp by carving a low relief shape into a potato. The you paint the surface of said stamp with acrylic or fabric paint (Make sure you place some cardboard or wax paper between the fabric and your work surface though. If you are using acrylic paint, let it dry for 24 hours before wearing. You can “cure” some fabric paints faster by ironing them.

potato print kerchief

While the impressions made by my potatoes are a little uneven (it took a few attempts to work out how much fabric paint to apply to the blocks), I was pleased enough with the result to make kerchiefs to wear as hats at our friends Heather and Martin’s New Year’s Eve party.