Today I have a summer-inspired tropical DIY for you, filled with some fruity puns! (And yes, I did enjoy coming up with the puns way too much!) I love trying out different printing methods from letterpress to linocut to risograph, but for this DIY I thought I’d go back to basics with one of the oldest and simplest printing methods there is – vegetable printing.
All you need to make these cute and easy watermelon cards are the following:
Sharp knife & chopping board
Red, white, green and black paint (I used gouache)
Firstly, you need to chop the carrot in half. Then on each half of the carrot you need to chop 2 sides away so you’re left with a pie-slice shaped flat edge. Next, on just one of the halves, carefully chop away the middle section so you’re left with just the edge of the pie shape. These 2 halves will form the flesh and the rind of the watermelon shape.
Next it’s time to mix up some paint. I mixed red with a bit of white to get a nice rosy colour for the flesh of the watermelon. Then, dipping the edge of the pie-shaped carrot into the paint, make a number of prints on an A5 piece of card, with the shapes facing different ways to make a nice pattern. Repeat on as many cards as you wish to make and then leave to dry.
Once the cards have dried, it’s time for the green rind. Use the other carrot half to print the rind over the top of the prints you’ve already made then leave to dry. Once dried you can fold your cards in half to turn them into greetings cards.
Add the final touches to your watermelon prints by using a fine paintbrush to add in little black pips. Finally, you can add in a watermelon pun if you wish! I went for ‘Thanks a melon!’ and ‘You’re one in a melon!’ and ‘You’re so cool!’. 🙂
Hope you enjoy this tropical DIY and let me know if you try it out!