Sunday, December 13, 2009

You Made Art From What?

In the "More Fun With Recycling Household Junk" department, this weeks random foray is dryer sheets!

We all have them - sometimes found when we finish laundry, and sometimes found in the middle of the night stuck to your foot because you didn't notice them stuck to your sheets. I've seen some interesting things done with them that take advantage of the semi-transparency, yet at the same time sturdiness. This week I decided to have a go and see what I could do.

First off, I had to iron it to get it nice and smooth (one of the times I'm glad I'm single with ferrets, and don't have to explain to an S.O. why I'm ironing dryer sheets). Then I taped it down to a piece of used printer paper (yes, I also save my test sheets and misprints, just for things like this!). You can use whatever you'd like to tape it to, but you definitely want a backing, as colors will bleed through due to the sheerness of the dryer sheet.

Then I rubber stamped an image on it, and colored it in with colored pencils. I plan on trying this with different mediums, as I'm sure you'd get a completely different effect with watercolor pencils, or liquid paints. At this point, I felt like the stamped outline was a little weak, so I went back over that with a fine brush and some black ink.

That's it! An interesting, semi-transparent image waiting to be collaged on!

1 comment:

  1. Looking forward to seeing what you do with this!