Saturday, May 30, 2009

What do you do with used dryer sheets?

Here is a great creative way to add to your stash by using something you'd normally throw away
Recently, I began saving my used dryer sheets and was waiting until I had a bit of time to experiment.
I mixed up some well diluted Seta Colour paints and just sloshed it onto some dryer sheets.
I also laid a few small objects and leaves on top of the wet paint, then left them to dry in the sun for a couple of hours
I had never actually tried sun printing before but it is exactly that easy.
Although, I do think next time I will dilute the paint a bit less in hopes of getting stronger colour and greater contrast with the void left by the objects.

Just look at the great colour and texture that is achieved. See what happens when you layer over yellow, over orange, over that wonderful green.

While the dryer sheet is wet with one colour why not add another and let it run and bleed to make a very interesting looking piece
...................imagine the possibilities!

Simply heat set with a hot dry iron and they are project ready.


Bunny said...

Wow I love those colours, so very different when they are dry. Very artistic.

blushing rose said...

Who would've thought ... clever! TTFN ~ Marydon

(Megan) said...

I have been sun printing for a while now, but never on those dryer sheets. What a great effect!

Finishing Lines by K.Sperino said...

this is neat. and congrats on the awards!!

comicbooklady said...

that looks like fun! I've been saving dryer sheets but I have been experimenting with it as a stablizer for small projects,etc, but I like the possibilities of this!

sallyannequilter said...

Nifty idea! I just love your imagination.

Mary-Kay said...

I just started to save dryer sheets because I took a class last Sunday and the gal teaching it gave me some dyed dryer sheets to embellish my picture/landscape. I also just read in an old Quilting Arts mag that old dye catchers work well too. They can be dyed or painted on and they act like fabric but rip like paper. More stuff to save. Now to get the family to save more for me too.

Diane J. Evans said...

Who knew??? You might want to check out a blog written by my friend Joanna Monroe ( -- she creates art with used paper towels, and the results are as beautiful as yours. I love the things you share with us all -- thanks for the fun!


Quilter Kathy said...

Sun painting is one of my all time favorite things!
Never tried dryer sheets but I love the effect it gives.

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