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Article posted: 6/22/2013 5:28 AM

Crafts like gelatin prints can blast summer blahs

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Paper is carefully peeled away to reveal "negative" leaves in the print by Kristen Sutcliffe as shown here. Gelatin printing is a low-tech craft that uses simple ingredients and tools.

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Leaves are positioned on ink-covered gelatin. This simple process works on paper or fabric.

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A negative image, left, and a positive, are printed one after the other with a pan of gelatin and printmaker's ink.

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For a lot of kids, summertime beckons with temptations -- to sleep in late, watch too much TV, swim, roam. And that's just the first day. Boredom sets in soon after. So provide kids with crafts that inspire awe, not blahs. Two reliable sources are Martha Stewart Living and Family Fun magazines, which post kids' crafts online.
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    • Paper is carefully peeled away to reveal “negative” leaves in the print by Kristen Sutcliffe as shown here. Gelatin printing is a low-tech craft that uses simple ingredients and tools.
    •  Leaves are positioned on ink-covered gelatin. This simple process works on paper or fabric.
    •  A negative image, left, and a positive, are printed one after the other with a pan of gelatin and printmaker’s ink.
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