Tigerlilly Quinn: Potato Printing

Friday, 12 April 2013

Potato Printing

Next up I tried some T-shirts

This post has been sitting in my drafts for over three weeks now, poor lonely little post.

I've already posted some pictures of Wilf wearing the trousers I made him on Instagram but I thought I should go ahead and show you the process anyway, seeing as I made the effort to photograph them and all.

The trousers were a triangle design cut out of a potato, I love bright colours and think the yellow and greens work really great against the turquoise. I also think this design could be really effective with a grey or black triangle against the bright block colour of the trousers. I think I may try that next time. I also made Wilf a T-shirt in the same design. Once Tom dressed Wilf and paired them together and he looked a bit mad. 

Next I decided to branch out with a bit of sweet potato printing to see how it differed from your everyday run of the mill potato..and well, it wasn't as good for sure. It was harder to carve and more textured that a regular potato but I still quite like the little fox design (although they maybe look like devils in the first picture).

Some designs looked a lot better in different colours. I think the cloud design worked well in black but may have worked just as well in another colour where as the fox design looked a lot more fun in a bright colour.

I purchased the trousers for £3 from a charity shop (I love their elasticised bottoms) and the T-shirts are fair-trade Organic cotton from Mantis world. I used Pebeo fabric paints for the designs and ironed them for a good three to five minutes to set the colour after they had dried. 

My friend Sarah also made some T shirts for her little boy that you can see here 

I hope you like them! Do any of you made homemade clothes for your kiddo's? 


Bonnie Rose said...

Those are great. I think I would love to do that with the boys, so they could design their own.

Bonnie Rose | a Compass Rose

Helen - sittinginthekitchensink said...

Love the triangle print trews! (And what a good charity shop find!)
I made a dress for my girly the other day - but had forgotten to blog about it yet - thanks for the reminder!x

fritha strickland said...

Bonnie - YES! that would be so fun! I can't wait to do that kind of stuff with Wilf :) x

fritha strickland said...

Helen - Ooh let me know when you've posted! I'd love to see x

Mel Lockcuff said...

These are so cute! I especially love the cloud and the little foxes. Thanks so much for linking up to Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week's issue.

Car decals and stickers said...

Nice techniques. I thought potato printing only works for paper and hard boards. Can i use it for printing stickers and decals?

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