We’re happy to be a part of The Ultimate Guide to Transfer Artist Paper by Lesley Riley Instagram book tour for — our ‘stop’ is today, Thursday, April 22! Visit our Instagram page for our video post of how this new guide inspired our latest Transfer Artist Paper projects! Make sure you post a comment there, and you will be eligible to win a free ebook version of this Ultimate Guide — it is specific to the new TAP formulation and contains many new techniques and project ideas.
There’s a new prize drawing for each stop, so comment on each of the TAP related posts and you’re eligible to win a free ebook of this title. The Transfer Artist Paper Instagram Book Tour participating artists are:
- Monday, April 19 – Pokey Bolton @pokeybolton
- Tuesday, April 20 – Susan Brubaker Knapp @susanbrubakerknapp
- Wednesday, April 21 – Liz Kettle @lizkettle
- Thursday, April 22 – Judy Gula @artistic_artifacts
- Friday, April 23 – Crystal Marie @crystalmarie_artist
- Saturday, April 24 – Wen Redmond @wenredmond
- Sunday, April 25 – Ana Buzzalino @ana_buzzalino
- Monday, April 26 – Lesley Riley @lrileyart
We were inspired by Lesley’s ‘Fragment Dolls’, one of the projects in the book. It was coincidental timing since our Judy’s Altered Minds (JAMs) group (meeting via Zoom during the pandemic) had issued a Spirit Doll challenge — we’ll be sharing those results soon!
Above, my first doll. I used TAP to transfer the vintage photograph and lots of scraps, stitching and embellishments to complete her. Of course I dug out my beads and our leaf vine ribbon was perfect for her. I really enjoyed spending time with this project! I have another one in progress:
In our video I explain the vintage jewelry piece you see — I’ve glued it to a small piece of Ultra Suede, which will give me a surface I can stitch so I can add the brooch later by trimming and stitching. This is one of my favorite tricks to incorporate jewelry or found objects.
Above, Chris Vinh of StitchesnQuilts shared her beautiful doll during our April 18 JAMs Zoom call. I was delighted to see that she had reduced a photograph of one of her batik panels by Mahyar to use as her face! Chris shows us that Eyelash Silk, one of the products by Painter’s Threads (formerly known as Tentakulum) makes perfect hair for an art doll! She also used the handpainted pearl cotton from Painter’s Threads for stitching and French knots on her Fragment doll.
Chris also enjoyed this project and created another gorgeous doll using hand dyed silk fabrics accented with her hand stitching — this time using Eleganza variegated perle cotton by WonderFil Specialty Threads. You can see a bit of a line in the face — she transferred her TAP onto silk, and the silk had a slub thread. Lesley makes the point in her book that the TAP is very sensitive and any bit of unevenness in your surface can show. I love it for the vintage feel it gives. In her IG book tour post, Liz Kettle even mentions trying to intentionally distress a TAP transfer to get that worn feel.
Sharon McDonagh of our shop was eager to explore TAP’s ability to take a variety of art media to add color, whether paint, inks, etc. She printed her TAP transfers out (remember, inkjet printers only) in just black and white, and then added color using her favorite product, Gelatos by Faber-Castell and loved the results! She also ‘dyed’ her mermaid’s cheesecloth wrap with Gelatos — visit our YouTube channel for her method and more in Using Gelatos. (Note Sharon’s doll was stitched but not turned due to its design; she painted the visible white edges with blue acrylic paint.)
For her Sun doll, she transferred onto yellow cloth, and so just added a touch of orange Gelatos to the checks and the rays, with a blend of red. She loves uses small pieces of our Web Weave Ribbon for texture in fabric collage and mixed media.
Our Fragment Dolls are all fabric, but TAP can be used on many substrates — Lesley’s new book includes instructions on transferring onto canvas, metal, mica and more. In addition to the book and TAP itself, we have so many wonderful supplies for fiber and mixed media art: our Inspiration packs full of hand-dyed fabrics, linens and trims, sari ribbon & yarn, specialty ribbons, WonderFil Specialty Threads Sue Spargo products for hand stitching (an Eleganza thread pack is pictured), buttons and more — our Fabric & Fiber Packages are a wonderful way to build your stash with a variety of textiles.
Remember to check each stop on the TAP book tour — some of the artists are extending their timeframe on their prize drawing, so even if a post was in the past, you can still increase your chances to be selected as a winner by commenting! And in addition to your multiple chances to win an ebook copy of The Ultimate Guide to Transfer Artist Paper, on the final day of the tour Leslie Riley’s page will offer you a chance to also win a package of Transfer Artist Paper! Visit Instagram to post your comments now and in the coming days to be eligible to win — and good luck!
(Our video is also available on our Facebook page.)