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Michigan Woman Re-Creates A Masterpiece — With Lint From Her Dryer

Laura Bell's masterpiece: a reproduction of da Vinci's Last Supper made of lint. Ripley's Believe It Or Not! hide caption

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Maybe this will give all of you inspiration to meticulously separate your laundry: Laura Bell of Roscommon, Mich., used lint from her dryer to make a 14' by 4' reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper.

The AP reports:

Bell says she needed about 800 hours to do enough laundry to get the lint, and 200 hours to recreate the mural. She bought towels of the colors she wanted and laundered them separately to get the right shades of lint.

The people at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! were so impressed they bought it for their collection. According to their press release, Bell started her masterpiece in 2009 and it took some experimenting to get it just right:

Bell says she spent seven months saving the lint from her own dryer, but the problem was it was usually the same color. She tried laundromat lint, but it was always shades of gray and full of dog hair.

Ripley's, if you're wondering, has several other "lint art paintings."

Oh, make sure you click here to see the full-size image of the artwork.

Update at 3:50 p.m. ET: We just got off the phone with Bell. She told us she took on this project to enter into a Grand Rapids art contest called Art Prize. The lure of the grand prize — $250,000 — kept her going through the months.

Sadly, she lost to a mural sized drawing titled "Cavalry, American Officers, 1921."

But Bell says she learned a lot about herself in the process of making this piece. "I learned that I do have great patience," she said. "And I had to push myself really hard to finsih this."

Just on Philip the apostle, she spent 40 to 50 hours and she had to wait a long time to find towels that were just the right color orange.

Bell is not an artist, she's quick to note. She's a home health aid. Her kids, she said, thought she was crazy when she started doing this, but then as the piece started to come together, they became believers.