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WARNING!! This is addictive
I made my gran a shirt for her birthday yesterday and i was so extactic with the results and had sooo much fun that i just had to make another one so that i could do a step by step and share it with everyone:)

i did a shirt and vest, but you could do a blanket,dress,shorts,pillow...a wall. anything!

if you're doing clothes though, just make sure that you use fabric paint!

be prepared for A LOT of fun!! if you have small children,this is a perfect craft for them too:)

Posted by Tara Gypsy Apples from Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa • Published See Tara Gypsy Apples's 30 projects »
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  • How to silk-screen a silk screening project. Potato Printing - Step 1
    Step 1

    get all your supplies toogether

  • How to silk-screen a silk screening project. Potato Printing - Step 2
    Step 2

    draw (or print) whatever image you want to do on a scrap of paper.

    i did a cat but the possibilities are endless.

    it might be cool to do different sizes of the same print or more than one shape.

    my sister and i have some aaawesome ideas!! :D but you'll have to wait to see those (follow my tumblr or facebook because i update that more frequently)

  • How to silk-screen a silk screening project. Potato Printing - Step 3
    Step 3

    cut out the shape

  • How to silk-screen a silk screening project. Potato Printing - Step 4
    Step 4

    cut a potato in half

    *when choosing the potato, make sure its big enough for the size design you want to do

    use some paper/kitchen towling to dry up the moisture from the potato or leave it out for a while to dry

  • How to silk-screen a silk screening project. Potato Printing - Step 5
    Step 5

    pin your shape to a potato half

  • How to silk-screen a silk screening project. Potato Printing - Step 6
    Step 6

    cut around the outside of the design

  • How to silk-screen a silk screening project. Potato Printing - Step 7
    Step 7

    remove the design and slice off the sides so that the design sticks up

    (difficult to explain but just look at the picture)

  • How to silk-screen a silk screening project. Potato Printing - Step 8
    Step 8

    it's useful to stick toothpicks through the design so you know when its straight, because it's difficult to tell when the potato is upside down

  • How to silk-screen a silk screening project. Potato Printing - Step 9
    Step 9

    put a board/cardboard of some sort in the shirt so that the paint doesn't go through to the other side

  • How to silk-screen a silk screening project. Potato Printing - Step 10
    Step 10

    cover the design with paint

    you can either pour paint into a container and dip it in or use a brush

    i used a brush, i like the effect of the brush strokes in the design (see what i mean in step 12)

  • How to silk-screen a silk screening project. Potato Printing - Step 11
    Step 11

    place the potato paint side down.carefully.
    and press down evenly so that the full design will transfer

  • How to silk-screen a silk screening project. Potato Printing - Step 12
    Step 12

    here you can see the brush strokes i was talking about

  • How to silk-screen a silk screening project. Potato Printing - Step 13
    Step 13

    keep going till you're happy with the overall appearance

    allow to dry

    mine dried almost instantly. but it's always safest to wait about half an hour. depending on your paint

  • How to silk-screen a silk screening project. Potato Printing - Step 14
    Step 14

    pose for a photo in your new shirt :D

  • How to silk-screen a silk screening project. Potato Printing - Step 15
    Step 15

    get approval from the nearest cat <3

  • Step 16

    when you wash the shirt/blanket/pillow for the 1st time, wash it separately to make sure the colours don't run

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Steph.
Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
Wow! It's awesome ^^ What paint did you use, just acrylic? Lovin the cat too hehe
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Lauren
Lauren · Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, ZA · 112 projects
Love this, and love seeing other SA crafters. Happy
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