Fingerprint and duct tape art

Let’s Make Some Great Fingerprint Art
by Marion Deuchars
Laurence King, $14.95. Grades 1 & up

Marion Deuchars notes that crime fighters have used fingerprints since 1915 to track down criminals, an impending centennial that marks how far we have come in practical science. Kids are not encouraged to dwell on fingerprint uniqueness and meaning, though the author does note different kinds of prints. Extensive cutouts illustrate shapes that fingerprints can produce, from faces to animals and plants.

The skill is simple, the possibilities endless and the mess factor a real test of a parent’s willingness to let creativity take its course. The book itself has lots of spaces for fingerprints to create what the artist suggests and illustrates; so the inkiest hands might not wander to the nearest wall. The technique cleverly encourages artistic expression without having to be a skilled draftsperson.

Stick It! 99 D.I.Y. Duct Tape Projects
by T. L. Bonaddio, illustrated by Andew Tomlinson
Running Press, $12.95. Ages 12 & up

University of the Arts graduate T.L. Bonaddio’s new and revised edition of Stick It! adds nearly a dozen projects and enhances the illustrations of this book of things to make with duct tape. Its clever patois is pitched to older kids, who are probably best suited to mess with a substance as dangerously sticky and stubborn as duct tape.

Projects to make wallets, clothes and jewelry may not be to all wearers’ tastes, but they do come well-documented. The variety of objects and styles will inspire creativity and experimentation once readers get comfortable and adept with the sticky, seemingly independent-minded raw materials.

Frank Lipsius is a contributing writer to MetroKids.

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