Thursday, 15 September 2016

They flit, they float...

...and they fly all around me.  Dryer sheets, that is, and I'm determined to make a dint in my stash of them.

I've been painting them for years, since they make perfect mop-ups for left-over paint.  This last while I've been experimenting with using them to make three-dimensional vases, and having fun honing my beading/buttoning skills.


I've spray glued them to Gelli-printed papers, which gives them yet another dimension,


and apparently I couldn't get myself to stop.


It's just that they are so lovely, and will make great background texture in hand-crafted greeting cards.


One needs to get up close to see the texture over top of the print underneath...I'm endlessly fascinated.


This one was so colourful that I placed it on a plain white paper instead of over a print - still lovely.


And the best part of my week?  I got a fabulous package from a favourite on-line artist friend.  Over on the Google+ site Creating and Sharing Mixed Media Art, we've been doing an Artist Trading Card exchange, and these fabulous cards came from Shelby Pizarro.  You can find her blog here for more deliciousness.  This first ATC is just so ethereal - beautiful.


I'm crazy about Venice, so this one just pleases me no end.


And look at the pile of fun that came with them.  Coincidentally, I'm working on a journal right now that incorporates fortune cookie slips - however did you know, Shelby?


Added to that is the fabulous group of papers - more playtime ahead, I can see!


I hope your week has been just as fun and at least as colourful.  Do tell in the comments below - I'd love to hear what you're up to.

28 comments:

  1. Well you have already discovered my use for them...they would make wonderful backgrounds for collage work. If you are into sewing they would be great filling for stuffed toys and would make them smell great too. You shouldn't get me started.

    I was wondering if you received the email and attachment I sent you about a week ago?

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    1. Thanks, Deann, and feel free to copy/paste if you'd like to play with these backgrounds. Not sure about the smell for stuffing - I wash them twice to remove the chemicals before using them. At any rate, my sewing skills are definitely slim - I don't even have a sewing machine any longer. NO, I DID NOT RECEIVE YOUR EMAIL...I'd love it if you'd try again to windinn@telus.net...xo

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    1. Thanks, Val - could anyone have any more fun than a mixed media artist?

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  3. LOVE all that colour Winn and those ATC;s are great!
    Mine ARE ON THEIR WAY TO YOU...THOUGHT YOU WOULD HAVE THEM BY NOW??

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    1. They've not arrived yet, Roz, but I'll check the box again tomorrow - just in case. So looking forward to seeing them.

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  4. Those dryer sheets look fabulous, Win! I use baby wipes to mop up paint, but I always manage to get them muddled somehow. Yours are nice and bright! Lovely ATC's from Shelby! I thought that style looked familiar but couldn't put my finger on it!

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    1. Thanks, Zsuzsa - I too, have used baby wipes, but I find that the chemicals in them make them less than stellar. I do wash the dryer sheets and keep a stack of them ironed and ready to soak up the leftovers. And yes, Shelby's ATC's are just beauts! xo

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  5. Ooh, so much lovely colour in those dryer sheets, Win! And what a great haul from Shelby.

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    1. Thanks, Tracy, and I'm in total agreement on the Shelby haul...so much fun packed into an envelope!

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  6. Hi there, Yeeeaaaah!!! They arrived! :-) I am SO SO Glad you liked everything. And thanks for your kind words...Fortune cookie slips??? Must be synchronicity! Enjoy!!!

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    1. Yes they did, and poring over the contents of that envelope as been a blast...I've already used many of the slips shown...they popped into the journal immediately they surfaced from your lovely stash pile; I have to say I literally pounced on them!

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  7. Oooooh I love the red/orange one! Is that Pebeo relief outline you've used there for the edging? Most effective.
    You are such a colour pig!
    I still smile at the thought of you laundering and IRONING dryer sheets - anything for art, eh?

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    1. Agreed Alice, I like that one too, and yes, it's the Pebeo relief (3 different gold ones...such a supply pig too).

      And I'm perfectly aware of my craziness in washing and ironing those dryer sheets, but I cannot abide the thought of them all going into the landfill. I've given an (unironed :D) stash to textile artist Darcy Wanuk, so she can make use of them too. They'll no doubt end up in the January show at Kimberley.

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  8. If you hadn't told, I never ever would have guessed those were dryer sheets!

    Beautiful!!! I have a friend who has tried and tried to get me to use dryer sheets like that, and now that you've shown your gorgeous results, I may just be convinced to give it a go . . . thank you for the inspiration!

    :)

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    1. I'm feeling a tad sorry for you now, Trisha, 'cause you're going to be just as addicted as am I. Thank goodness it's a good use for them. :D

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  9. What an inventive way to use dryer sheets! And what a fun parcel to receive, those ATCs are gorgeous (beautiful work, Shelby!) I am anxius to see your journal page with the fortunes!

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    1. I'm sure if I put my thinking cap on (and experimental knickers), I can come up with some more uses for those ever-present dryer sheets, Kimberley. As you can imagine, everyone in a radius of 100 km. is happy to save them for me. :D And I agree about the ATC's and paper stash from Shelby - major score!

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  10. Hi Winn, your dryer sheets have created fabulous textured backgrounds, love it. The ATCs you received are beautiful. Hope all is well at your end of the country :) xx

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    1. Thanks, Shirley - I think you'd love the technique for your exquisite cards! And I'm in total agreement about those ATCs...I so love Shelby's work. All is well here in beautiful BC, as I hpe it is in your part of central Canada! xo

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  11. Win, you make me laugh at your playtime!! Those drysheet vases are just too cool!! Great job! and who doesn't save those yummy sheets? If they don't, they should!
    I knew Shelby's art as soon as I saw it!! Great mail for sure!! Super post my friend! xoxo

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    1. When I think of all the dryer sheets that go into landfill it near makes me nuts, Jackie! Just think of all the fun that people are missing out on. And yes, Shelby's work is such that her style is immediately visible - love it!

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  12. These are brilliant. I hadn't discovered all the fun that I could be having with drier sheets! I love how you've used them Win, but I think you have a bit of an addiction lol. Have a fun week xx

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    1. Somehow I suspect you'll become a convert, Sue; they are so deliciously textured. Addicted? But yes! :D

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  13. Your use of dryer sheets is inceredible ! Amazing ! The art your blogfriend sent is beautiful - I will check out her blog. Thank you!
    oxo Susi

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    1. Thanks, Susi, and I KNOW you're going to love Shelby's blog posts - wonderful eye candy and great insight!

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  14. Your use for the dryer sheets is brilliant Winn, love them xXx

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