Think potato stamping is only for reception kids? No way. Potatoes are not only cheap but they make great stamps for block printing fabric. The only downside I can possibly think of about using them is that they really are only one-time-use so you'd better do all your stamping in one go because that spud isn't going to be looking so hot by tomorrow.
Tips for making the perfect potato stamp:
- Choose the right potato. The best ones for this are nice and round, thick in the middle
- Use the right tool. X-Acto knives, box cutters and craft scalpels work really well for this
- Do some test prints first, just to get the water out of the potato (they're rather juice, believe it or not)
- Clean your stamp as you go to avoid build up with paper towels
A humble potato goes a long way. I printed tea towels, a few metres of plain calico and some nicer fabric that turned into piped cushions and zipper pouches.