As part of our Styled by You $500 Giveaway with Ikea, Elka and I have been re-envisioning some Ikea products, thinking beyond the flatpack. Today, I'm sharing my first project, which was made with an ÅSELE lamp shade ($15) and a BRÅN Clear Glass Table Lamp Base ($20).
I was inspired by an Uzbeki ikat polka-dot fabric and was determined to re-create the look on my own. I decided to take a block-printing approach to replicate the pattern but needed some inspiration for an easy way to create a stamp. Enter the potato. Keep reading to see how this common household vegetable became the key to unlocking my coveted Uzbeki pattern!
To fashion the perfect ikat polka-dot stamp, I picked out a potato that had the width that I envisioned for my polka dots. I recommend not quite cutting the potato in half so that if you mess up, you can just slice off your mistake and try again. Grab a juicy pen and trace out the shape of your ikat polka dot, which is essentially just an oval with ridges. With an X-Acto knife, begin cutting out your ikat polka dot, whittling and scraping off potato scraps until you get a highly raised shape that will stamp cleanly. With a paintbrush, apply fabric paint or acrylic paint to your potato stamp and do several practice stamps on any scraps of fabric that you have — I used a plain linen bag that held some Cat Seto stationery.
Once I got the feel for it, I began stamping my lampshade. While my ikat polka dots weren't perfectly laid out, it sort of lent to the nature of a hand-block-printed pattern. In a perfect world, my ikat polka dots would have been just a tad closer in proximity — but all in all, not bad for a $35 lamp.
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