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Paper or Fabric
Long White Potatoes
1. Wash and dry the fabric and use no fabric softener. Place
the desired material on top of the foam board. Foam board is used
because it can be wiped off with wet paper towels between colors
and reused. Make several test sheets for stamping by folding two
paper towels together.
2. Cut the potatoes in half long ways. Use the pencil to draw
on the potato the design you want to print. Cut away the part of
the potato that is not part of your design. Simple designs work
3. Pour small puddles of paint onto the paper plates. Apply the
paint to the design using the sponge brush and place the design in
the desired place. Two or more colors can be used on the same
potato but use separate sponges for each color. You can make light
impressions of the design by applying it a second or third time on
the same material but at a different angle. You can also use two
shades of the same color but do one color at a time. You can use
the folded paper towels to test your image before placing it on
your project. Don't move the potato as this will blur the image
produced. Use a cotton swab to remove any unwanted paint on your
potato before applying it and for touching up any missed spots.
Wash the potato between colors and be sure to wipe off your foam
board with a wet paper towel often, to prevent any transfer of
4. If using a fabric for this project, let your fabric dry flat
and do not wash it for at least 72 hours.
Note: Fabric Paint can be used for this project.