On the Surface | Potato Printing

Grainline Studio | Printing Tutorial

Hey! We have an exciting new series of tutorials for you. We are going to be showing you how to design fabric using all types of surface printing techniques. We are partnering with Dharma Trading Co. aka our favorite resource for buying basic high quality fabrics and surface design supplies. Our first tutorial is Potato Printing on the Willow Tank. We chose Dharma’s Bamboo Rayon for this project. It is a heavier fabric but, is super soft and breathable. They have so many options!

Grainline Studio | Printing Tutorial

Supplies:

Grainline Studio | Printing Tutorial

1. Prewash, dry and press your fabric.

2. The first step to creating a surface design with a potato stamp is to dream up a motif. I used this photo from Jen’s trip to Iceland that I found really inspiring; paired with my love of French fries and basic shapes.

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3. Draw your shapes out on a piece of graph paper, tracing paper or copy paper (however you want to roll) and cut your shapes out. Now cut your potato in half. Because the cut side of the potato is wet the stencil will stick to the potato. Slap it on there. Using your hobby knife cut the flesh of the potato around your shape. Now your stamps are ready!

Grainline Studio | Printing Tutorial

Grainline Studio | Printing Tutorial

4. Cut out your Willow Tank pattern pieces and spread your fabric out over a soft service. Pin down. I have found that potato stamps don’t stamp very well on hard surfaces. For this part you could use a towel or a piece of scrap fabric or a piece of felt.

Grainline Studio | Printing Tutorial

5. Mix your color on your palette or use the color straight from the jar. Spread the ink into a thin layer on your palette using your soft rubber brayer. Once your brayer is all inked up use it to transfer the ink to your potato.

Grainline Studio | Printing Tutorial

Grainline Studio | Printing Tutorial

Grainline Studio | Printing Tutorial

6. Gently and evenly press your potato onto the fabric. Repeat steps 4&5 until you have a surface design!

Grainline Studio | Printing Tutorial

Grainline Studio | Printing Tutorial

Have fun!

Grainline Studio | Willow Tank

Potato Printing Fabric | Grainline Studio

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