I’m all about unique DIY artwork. When a few of you mentioned you wanted to see some inexpensive wall art ideas as part of 31 Days of Home, I was on it like white on rice. Don’t worry though, if you’re not into this project, I will have at least one more before this month is over.
I’m not sure about the origin of this method, but apparently at some point, someone got the idea to paint with potatoes. Yes, potatoes. So, today I’m joining the club and creating some quick artwork using potatoes. It doesn’t get any easier than this!
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
potatoes (you can use any size, but I like the smaller ones)
Begin by cutting your potatoes. I created a circle and a semi-circle. Simply cut the potato in half for a circle. Cut the “half circle” in two to make the semi-circle. Then, dry your potato with a paper towel.
Add some paint to your paper plate.
Dip your potato in the paint, then press it gently onto your canvas. I recommend trying this process on a scrap piece of paper first to get a feel for how much paint you want on your potato and to help determine a pattern.
I used the semi-circle potato to create scalloped lines across the canvas. I used all black paint, except for one which I did in purple.
Allow your painting to dry.
And don’t forget to add your signature. That’s it – you are now officially an artist.
Crazy simple, right.?
I also created one canvas with just circles. Again, all black with one purple dot.
You can get crazy with color and pattern. You can cut your potato into all different shapes. You can make a huge canvas or keep it small like I did. The options are really endless. I think I need to make another one.
What I like about these small canvases is that they are perfect go-to pieces when you need some color or pattern as you decorate your house. When setting up a little vignette on a dresser or side table, these pieces would add layers and dimension.
They also work beautifully in a gallery wall. They bring a bit of modern fun and pizzazz.
And my favorite part is that these are original prints created by YOU! That alone is pretty awesome. This would also be a great activity to involve the kids, or you could have a craft night with your friends.
So what do you think? Will you be experimenting with potato painting?