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A Craft Lesson

Prints from the Garden

One of the first prints a child makes is that of his or her own hands. These prints grace thousands of refrigerator doors or den walls. Making other prints is fun and a project for children of any age, especially since most materials needed to create unique art are readily available.

Using a vegetable as the tool and a simple stamp pad as the ink can make some of the most special prints. One veggie that is tops for making prints is the beet. Carve a shape out of a beet half, removing the area around the shape (star, spiral, heart, etc.). Press the carved shape against a sheet of porous paper and voila! You have a print! If the beet dries out during carving, wrap it in a moist paper towel and let it re-hydrate for about five minutes.

For another neat experience, carve a potato half into a desired design. Wipe off excess moisture from the surface, and then use an ordinary stamp pad to ink the surface. Press the charged design against porous paper to reveal a one-of-a-kind printed design. For a 100% original design, crush a palm full of fresh blueberries in the bottom of a small dish. Allow this to set at room temperature for half an hour, and then stir and repress. Remove the solid material and use the remaining liquid as ink. If it is too thin, allow the liquid to evaporate slightly and the tone will darken. (NOTE: Some fruits/vegetables may stain, so wear a smock or old clothes and cover your work surface with newspaper or paper towels.)

Using the fruit or vegetable's shape for the design itself is also easy and gives great results. Firm items make the best stamps and cause less mess. One idea is to create neat recipe cards by pressing small veggie shapes in the corner of file cards. Some of the most successful shapes include mushrooms (cut them top to bottom), apple slices (cut horizontally through the middle of the apple to expose the core and maybe a seed or two) and small green tomatoes (also cut horizontally). Cut them through the center, top to bottom and press the cut side against a stamp pad. Press the inked fruit or veggie onto the surface of the file card. Make sets of the same veggie or use a collection of shapes and give them as gifts to teachers, friends or relatives.

If you select permanent ink or dye pads, you can decorate tote bags, tennis shoes, hats, or T-shirts--nearly anything porous can be printed with fruit/veggies. So if your budding artist is eager for an unusual project, consider raiding the fridge or garden for raw materials in neat shapes. Have fun!

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