Play with vegetables and prints

Eating vegetables have always played a vital role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and body. But their ability to cater to our needs does not only feed the physiological needs of our body, but also its creative aspect. What I mean is, for example, if you want to make your own abstract art or contemporary paintings but don’t know how or where to start and what to make use of, you can use them! Yes, you heard me right! You can use make use of your vegetables either as a subject or as a medium in creating your original abstract art that is worthy to be placed on your home walls or in your abstract art gallery.

The materials you will need are:

  • Potatoes, or other vegetables such as mushroom, citrus, cabbages (cut lengthwise), that will make a good surface or design for printing. IF you want, you may also make use of a sponge.
  • Knife or crafting knife to make create a design
  • Pencil
  • Colors or paints
  • Paper, canvass, cloth, place mats or other surfaces that you want to put your design on
  • Newspaper of plastic to cover your working surface

Steps:

  1. Cut the vegetables. When cutting, be sure to make a straight and flat printing surface so that you can easily transfer their design on the paper.
  2. For your potatoes or in your other vegetables that does not have a design yet, you may draw the design you want by first sketching it on the surface of your potatoes using your pencil. You may try making frogs, grasses or the likes.
  3. Next, carve out your design using your knife.
  4. When you have all of the designs you want, it is now time to bring out your paper or canvass and your colors to transfer your designs on them! Simply dip the vegetables on the colors and press it against your canvass. Experiment and play with your colors. Have fun!

If you have children, this project can serve as a bonding activity where both of you will surely enjoy making – just be careful about the knife. Supervise the kids when handling sharp objects, also there are some vegetables, like mushroom and citrus, that creates beautiful designs without the need to even carve them out.

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