I was so happy to begin 2020 with Lesley Riley’s Transfer Artist Paper (also known as TAP) back in stock, available in 5-sheet and 18 sheet packs! In my most recent Creative Clips, I give you a quick demonstration on how to use TAP. TAP was always one of my favorite transfer products, and it was a real loss when manufacturing difficulties took it off the market. TAP has now been completely reformulated and this versatile product allows you to transfer images to virtually any surface with the heat of an iron.
In the video I use non-stick Goddess Sheet while ironing. My 13½ inch square Felted Wool Pressing Mat is a great working surface, as it absorbs the heat from the iron and sort of bounces it back to the fabric — for best results with TAP, you want both pressure and heat.
Above is one of my vintage inspired quilts, from 2006. Titled Bluebell Paper Doll, I used TAP to transfer a photo of the paper doll to vintage embroidered linen. I then embellished with pearls, beads and tatting.
Isn’t she sweet? The doll image has dimension through trapunto. The imperfections give it even more vintage character — and look at how vivid the color remains this many years later.
Below, The Lady in the Garden. The focal image was transferred onto Lutradur using TAP, and I used hand-dyed and vintage materials to complement my inspiration. Read more about the making of this quilt »
Upon the re-release of TAP, Liz Kettle of Textile Evolution shared “Good news for image transfer fanatics….the new TAP formula seems to work well! Transfers were easy and clear.”
Pictured above is her test on Osnaburg 100% Cotton (top) and Ava-lon Bleached Muslin (bottom). POST EDITED: Our Italian Creative Retreat, with Liz joining me (we will be using TAP) will instead take place in Fall 2021 due to the global pandemic.
As mentioned in my video, remember that TAP allows you to transfer images on a variety of surfaces, not just on fabric and paper. Other surfaces include wood (example with TAP transfer is pictured here; image courtesy C&T Publishing), glass, metal, and many more.
You can also learn more about using TAP from Lesley Riley herself in this video.