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If you need something new in your life, follow along with me on this blog, Create & Change. Together for 365 days, we will take tiny steps to make something new. As you move along, report back along the way. 

Does creating everyday make change in your life?

Day 70 - You Say Potato.

Day 70 - You Say Potato.

Day 70 - I Say, Let's Call This Whole Blog Off! Ha. Kidding about calling off the blog but I'm not kidding about potatoes. Who of us thinks of potatoes when we think of Ireland? Me! Anyone else? Today, I said to myself "Self, why do you think of potatoes when you think of Ireland?" Well, after a Quick Google search, there was mile after mile of amazing Irish potato recipes. Oh, man. They all looked savory and hearty. Maybe I'll whip up a recipe for another day. Look for an Irish potato recipe on day 324. 

When I was drooling over the potato recipes, I started thinking about Irish blessings. I Googled Irish blessings too. There are so many wise & kind words. Hum. How do we combine potatoes and an a kind Irish blessing for today's project?

Got it! Potato stamping! Remember potato stamping when you were a kid? How about we create artwork that combines the blessing and potato stamping together? Let's try it.

Here is what is needed:

  • A large potato
  • A small paring knife & cutting board
  • Watercolors
  • Paper plate or plate (pallet to hold the watercolor)
  • Paintbrush
  • Watercolor paper 
  • An Irish blessing

Step 1: Find a favorite Irish Blessing.

Step 2: Using the knife, cut the potato in half. Then cut an 1" wide slice from one of the potato halves. With the paring knife, cut a shape into the potato by cutting down into the potato about 1/4 -1/2 of an inch. Keep the shape simple such as a circle, square or triangle and be careful with the knife.

Step 3: Now pick 2 watercolors that fit the tone of Irish Blessing. Place some paint on your "pallet" and a few drops of water. Swirl the two colors but don't mix. Now take your paint brush and your potato stamp and dab the color on the cut out shape.

Step 4: Start to create a pattern with the potato stamp on the water color paper. Go one way and then the other mix it up. Have fun. Feel like a kid again. Then let the pain dry.

Step 5: Print out the Irish blessing selected. Cut it out as a square or circle and paste it onto the potato stamped paper. Maybe use a die cut stamp on the potato stamping to create shamrock shapes. Maybe then glue everything on a white piece of paper? Just have fun! See you tomorrow lads & lassies.

Day 71 - Go Go Green.

Day 71 - Go Go Green.

Day 69 - Lady Of The Ring.

Day 69 - Lady Of The Ring.