What you'll need:
- Any decent acid-free art paper will do. Watercolor paper can be especially nice.
- Ink -- acid-free stamp pads are perfect for this kind of project. Buy several colors; some will "take" or look better than others. Green and purple are my personal favorites.
- A fresh placenta, obviously. Ask your midwife to wrap it up and put it in the fridge after the birth.
- Latex gloves (optional). Otherwise, towels to wipe those messy hands!
Step One: Lay the placenta out on a flat surface (cord-side up) and cover it with ink:
Step Two: Press your paper down on top of the inky placenta:
Step Three: Carefully pull up your paper and admire your pretty work!
Tips & Tricks for placenta print success:
- For your first print, try using the blood that's already on the placenta (below, left).
- If your paper is big enough, you don't have to limit yourself to just one print per page. In fact, you can do one print from the maternal side, and one from the fetal side.
- And if you're artsy, consider putting down a background color first, as seen below, right.
- Expect to make at least a dozen prints to get one that you love.