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Using Transfer Artist Paper

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 been completely reformulated and 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.

Bluebell Paper Doll, mixed media art quilt by Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts

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.

Detail of Bluebell Paper Doll, mixed media art quilt by Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts

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 »

The Lady in the Garden, an art quilt by Judy Gula using hand-dyed and vintage materials

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.”

TAP samples by Liz Kettle of Textile Evolution

Pictured above is her test on Osnaburg 100% Cotton (top) and Ava-lon Bleached Muslin (bottom). Plans are continuing for our 2020 Italian Creative Retreat in September, and Liz will be joining me this year — and we will be using TAP!

Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) on wood, image by C&T PublishingYes, as of this writing Coronovirus is scaring everyone and travel and more is being disrupted, but we remain optimistic that by fall all will be well. We are not requesting any financial deposits or transactions at this time but please let our travel consultant Lewis Gautieri know of your interest in joining our tour and retreat at info@italianculturaltours.com.

As mentioned in my video, remember that TAP sllows you to transfer images on a variety of surfaces, not just on fabric and paper. Other surfaces include wood (example with TAP tranfer 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.

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