Veggie Printing Press

I have very fond memories of my fiber art class in high school and all the amazing textile-related techniques I was taught there. Amongst others, I learnt that a potato makes a very handy printing tool and can be carved into various shapes to create all manner of interesting patterns.

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Lately though I’ve been wondering if other vegetables could also be used as printing tools and when I walked through my veggie garden today and found a mammoth cauliflower, an idea started taking shape. So, I have taken it upon myself to do a bit of experimental vegetable printing, and oh my goodness was I surprised.

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CAULIFLOWER. Seriously, who knew? I certainly didn’t! I am already conjuring up images of walls being printed with this interesting floral pattern – watch this space and expect amazing things! I really feel that the sky is the limit when it comes to this one.

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Break off a large floret and cut through it so that you get a nice smooth face with a curly edge and stem (using a REALLY sharp knife greatly helps). Print them in a circle with the stems touching to create a floral pattern or any way you want really!

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GARLIC: It makes beautiful butterflies or hearts and pretty little flowers. You can also half the entire bulb and use that to print – perfect for gift wrap or a small canvass.

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ONION: It’s amazing that it makes a perfect set of concentric circles. So beautiful that I just had do a whole canvass with it. Isn’t is stunning!?

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By printing your own, you can create original art work, gift wrap and cards, fabric and linen.

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It’s so simple, even my kids got involved although Jean much preferred printing himself than the paper!

There are all manner of amazing patterns in nature: cucumber slices,  halved beetroot or citrus fruit, apples and pears with the seeds in the core. Go on, experiment a bit and then share with us what you’ve created!

Happy Printing!

germarie

Comments · 1

  1. Wonderful! Now we know how to make professional prints with everyday things in our own home! Thanks Germarie, its a brilliant idea…z

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