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How to make a potato print

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Potato printing for adults

print your own wrapping material

Remember potato printing? Turns out it’s not just for the kids. We love this printing idea, creating a geometric pattern using the humble potato. We’ve printed ours onto linen to wrap around pot plants, a simple yet thoughtful gift that friends and family will love.

You will need: Potato and knife, paint tray, linen or calico, scissors and twine, Resene testpot in your choice of colour: we used Resene Wimbledon.

Top tip: Try cutting other shapes out of potatoes for your prints. Vary the Resene colours and colour combinations to get a variety of finished effects.

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Step by step instructions

Step 1
Step one
Cut the potato in half and then cut out a triangle shape. Leave it to dry out a little bit before using
Step 2
Step two
Pour Resene Wimbledon into the tray and dip your potato lightly into the paint. Or you can brush the Resene paint onto the potato print if you want to get a lighter print effect.
Step 3
Step three
Start printing! Print the triangles all over the linen or calico until it’s filled with the geometric pattern.
Step 4
Step four
Cut the printed linen into squares, enough to wrap around your pot plants. Cut twine and tie the printed linen around your pot plants. They’re now all ready to gift!

Styling by LeeAnn Yare, photography by Melanie Jenkins


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