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Potato print a picnic set.
After examining the gnarled contours of sweet potatoes ?at the market, I knew I wanted to make a print that took advantage of the variety of shapes. I used a couple types of potatoes to achieve a fuller spectrum of shapes and sizes, and I let the natural contours guide my linoleum cutter.

I chose a durable and inexpensive canvas cloth to make
this picnic blanket and napkins. I chose it for several ?reasons: Its finished edges saved me time, and I wanted to utilize the tooth of the canvas to provide interesting texture ?to my print. And the price was so low that I could have ?fun printing and not worry about ruining some expensive ?blanket! Also, the massive size of the cloth allowed me to ?cut off a large piece to be used for matching napkins and ?a test piece of fabric to boot!

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  • Step 1

    Wash the drop cloth in warm water; dry and iron it.

  • Step 2

    Fold the drop cloth in half and cut along the fold with ?pinking shears. Piece A will be the picnic blanket. From the ?other piece cut four 20" (51cm) squares with the pinking ?shears. Pieces B, C, D, and E will be used for the napkins; ?the remaining piece F will be test fabric (X).

  • Step 3

    Lay the old blanket on a flat work surface; a clean floor ?works nicely.

  • How to make a picnic blanket . Veggie Picnic Set - Step 4
    Step 4

    On a cutting board, use the kitchen knife to split ?the potatoes in half lengthwise with one swift motion ?to create 2 oblong shapes.

  • Step 5

    Hold a potato half steady and carve (pushing the knife away from you) the midrib of a leaf as shown (Y). Carve veins of the leaf in assorted patterns (Z).

  • Step 6

    Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the other potato halves.

  • Step 7

    With a Popsicle stick, dab 2 spoonfuls of printing ink onto the palette. Run the foam roller through the ink and then pick up the brayer. Roll the brayer through the ink again and again until the foam roller is evenly saturated with ink.

  • How to make a picnic blanket . Veggie Picnic Set - Step 8
    Step 8

    Roll the ink firmly over a potato half, then press the potato firmly onto the test fabric. ?You can use both hands to press down on the potato if necessary.

  • How to make a picnic blanket . Veggie Picnic Set - Step 9
    Step 9

    Once you have a good sense of how to print with the potato, repeat step 8 with all your carved potatoes until you achieve a leaf-print design that covers the whole blanket as well as your napkins.

  • Step 10

    Heat-set the ink according to manufacturer’s instructions.

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