Looking for a fun project for the kids (or yourself) this weekend? Here is a fun way to add a splash of color to your walls and it can be done in few minutes! Since my son is 3, I painted the background for him along with the tree trunk and branches and he used potato stamps dipped in acrylic paint to add the leaves to his tree. A light spray of gloss finishing varnish after the paint has fully dried, which can take a few days depending on the thickness of the paint, and you have your very own original artwork!
To make the stamps, cut a potato in half, draw your leaf pattern on the potato and then cut it out. The leaf will be raised and the rest of the potato half will form a “handle” perfect for tiny hands to grab. Store the potato stamps in cold water until you are ready to paint. They will keep this way for 2-3 days in the refrigerator. I prefer the texture of red potatoes to white because they have a smoother texture. Before you start painting, cover your counter or table in plastic wrap to make for easy cleanup and to create a worry free work space. For our fall design, we used acrylic paints in multiple shades of reds, oranges, and yellows. My son also loves to use brushes, so most of the time he paints the stamp by hand and then presses it on the painting. Since there is no right or wrong way to make these paintings, I also let him swirl the paint on the canvas itself. My goal this year is to do a new art project like this every season. (check out my blog for the earlier posting using heart shaped stamps on valentines day ) Wish me/us luck!