Art in the Open Learning Programme

The Potato for Printing

The Printed Sheet

The shape is then ready for printing! You can use clothing dyes on paper plates, or poster paint. You can wash the potato shape in between use if you need to change the colour.

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For older children, give each child half a potato, ideally one that has been cut into a square shape, so that they are working on a square and not an irregular potato shaped oval. This also helps when you are making multiple prints, so that you can make repeated patterns by lining the edges of the square up. Draw the outline of the shape on to the potato using a felt tip pen.

This shouldn't ruin the pens if the potato is dry enough.

For this example a "C" has been cut out.

Pupils can then carve out the shape to make a heart shaped hole in the potato. Pupils can then cut around the shape to make the 'block' for printing. This can be done with small sharp knives or lino cutters. This must be done with caution and supervision is recommended. The shape is then ready for printing! You can use clothing dyes on paper plates, or poster paint. You can wash the potato shape in between use if you need to change the colour.

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