Art with Dryer Lint

Do you ever think about what you can do with dryer lint? Well, Tiffany Pratt does! Follow these easy instructions to create a magical monochromatic soft-to-the-touch art piece.

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THINGS YOU WILL NEED:

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  • Your own two hands/time
  • An inspiration picture or photo in a gray monochromatic colour scheme
  • A hefty collection of lint from your dryer in as many colours as you can find
  • A shadow box or a glass-mounted frame
  • Craft glue and small brushes
  • Double sided tape (optional)
  • Bowl of water

HOW TO DO IT:

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1. Begin saving lint in advance. Raid your local laundromat's garbage bins for some help.  Once you have a nice stash...you can begin.

2. Look for photos that are in a gray monochromatic colour scheme because the majority of lint from the dryer is in gray shades. The best photos are "painterly" or have heavy brush strokes.

3. You can trace the image that you like on a piece of tracing paper and use it as a guide, OR cut your picture to your frame size and secure it to the frame backing with double-sided tape.  You can eyeball it as well...it's up to you!

4. Study the photo and rifle through the lint that you have collected and begin making piles of colour to separate all of the variations.  

5. Then begin rolling the lint in small, medium and large little hot dogs. I like to think of Vincent Van Gogh when laying the lint down. It looks like the thick brush strokes that he used while painting which was his technique for the broken colour theory. Use a touch of water on your fingertips to help you roll the lint.

6. Apply a thin layer of craft glue to one small area of your picture (or tracing) that is affixed to your frame backing. Start laying down your lint logs to mirror the image. Don't overdo it with the glue...the glass that you will put on top will keep it all in place when you are done. When you begin laying down all of the little rolled pieces of lint you begin to see the composition forming right before your eyes. Much like a mosaic, it takes time - but the results are magnificent!

7. Take a step back as you do this and look for places that could use lighter or darker pieces of lint to give it light and shadow.  

9. This piece may be something that you create over time - so consider working on a tray so you can safely move it to and from a safe place so your piece does not get bumped and out of line in between your lint rolling sessions.

10. Affix the glass cover on top of your lint to secure you composition as a final step. You'll be left with a magnificent piece created out of lint that will be a conversation piece for years to come.  

P.S. Keep a box of tissues close by. Working with lint can make you sneeze!


You can find out more about Tiffany and her crafty ways at www.glitterpieart.com.




 

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