Sunday, 11 December 2011

Potatoes and Glitter

Spuds and glitter, a natural partnership don't you think? Well they are if you have small children in the house and you have a hankering for glittery potato prints.  On day eleven of my Advent blog challenge I was feeling a bit guilty about spending so much time making my own stuff and felt I should be doing something crafty with the children. Something involving paint and glitter, the messier the better. Oh and I should do this activity whilst simultaneously cooking Sunday lunch. And while my husband dismantled and deep cleaned the dishwasher...

I have had more restful mornings.

I probably should have prepared the potatoes in advance, using a technique I discovered a few years ago which makes great shapes for printing. Basically you cut a large potato in half and press a biscuit cutter into the cut surface. Then simply cut away the potato outside the line of the shape (easiest if you leave the cutter in place while you do it - stops you slicing the 'stamp' part away by mistake). We had some Christmassy shapes including a star, tree, bell and erm... gingerbread man.

But of course I didn't prepare them in advance so things got a little short-tempered as I carved potatoes whilst two children clamoured to get their hands on the glitter.  We did get there in the end though, and they had a great time.  I should have remembered my first rule of craft activities with children: Have Low Expectations. Although I may be itching to 'help' them make it 'look right' I just have to give them the materials and let them get on with it. Why shouldn't a Christmas tree be blue? And of course there is no such thing as Too Much glitter or paint.

We also discovered you can get a lovely effect by using the biscuit cutter dipped in paint to make a print. If you then shake glitter over it while the paint is still wet, you get a glittery outline of a tree or star etc. Would look good on the front of a card...

1 comment:

  1. Now that method of making potato prints using a cutter is genius. Thanks for sharing!