Try making these prints with lemons, pears and other fruits

Take a stroll through any grocery market and it’s easy to get inspired by all of the bright colours of the fresh fruit starting to appear. Soon the farmers markets will be buzzing with activity and bursting with ripe, seasonal fruits.

Did you know that you can use many kinds of fruits to create interesting prints? An apple, for instance, can be used as a printmaking tool that can produce infinitely unique results!

You will need:

  • apples
  • paper towels
  • plate or shallow dish
  • paper
  • liquid tempera paint


  1. Cut the apples in half. Experiment by cutting them different ways. Slicing them vertically, horizontally and diagonally will produce different results.
  2. Fold a paper towel into quarters and lay it in the bottom of your dish or plate to create a pad that will absorb the paint. Use a different dish for each colour of paint you would like to use.
  3. Dip the cut side of the apple into the paint.
  4. Dab off the excess paint, and then press it on the paper.
  5. Set aside to dry.
  6. Crop and frame your favourite prints to create a fantastic series!