Handmade Lint Paper

 

Materials: Lint from clothes dryer (large amounts can be obtained from laundromats), cake pan, rags, cookie sheet, any of the following torn into small pieces (flowers, grasses, seeds, weeds, leaves, paper towels, colored paper, newspaper), water, wire mesh or old screen, heavy scissors, construction or poster paper, white glue.Process:

  1. Cut wire mesh or old screen into a circle that fits easily inside a cake pan. Remove.
  2. Place lint and gather materials into cake pan and fill with warm water.
  3. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Submerge wire mesh or old screen into “lint soup”.
  5. Life wire mesh out of mixture so that a layer of lint remains on top. Patch any holes in remaining lint mixture. Use fingers.
  6. Blot lint paper carefully with rags.
  7. Place on cookie sheet.
  8. Let dry.
  9. Remove from screen and glue lint paper to construction paper to see its beauty.

Source: Good Earth Art: Environmental Art for Kids (Authors: MaryAnn Kohl and Cindy Gainer)

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