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Meet the Artists: Part 1/Announcing Daily Giveaways

WELCOME to the kick off for my latest book, Creative Image Transfer: 16 New Mixed Media Projects Using TAP Transfer Artist Paper.

Over the next FIVE days I will be introducing you to the 10 contributing artists and their thoughts and experience on working with TAP Transfer Artist Paper.

Some, like Seth Apter and Pam Carriker had never used TAP before. Lu Peters and Marie Z. Johansen are long-time users who can’t get enough of it. All 10 of the artists have shared their candid thoughts on TAP and the Aha! moments they had that will lead them to other ideas, inspiration and art. Complete instructions for all of their projects are in the book.

Sit back, enjoy the ride and LEAVE A COMMENT for daily drawings for the book, TAP or on Sunday – BOTH.

Drawings begin on Wednesday, August 6 and end on Sunday noon EST on August 10. Daily winners will be posted the following day. Enter each day for MORE chances to win!

MEET LU PETERS

A Dallas, TX fiber artist, Lu says, “I am thrilled to have my work included and to be a part of your ongoing quest for excellence and exploration in the Fiberarts.”

I was thrilled to see the unique way she handled TAP in her project, Shear Accident, a mini art quilt (below). This is one of two quilts using TAP that Lu will have in a special exhibit of Classic Cars & Trucks at the AQS Oct 4 show in Des Moines. Here

Here are Lu’s thoughts on working with TAP.

“I prefer using TAP Transfer Artist Paper for image transfer because it produces quality images, offers a variety of effects, and requires few supplies (ink jet printer and iron) and minimum effort as opposed to using gels and other chemicals.

I am able to get both clear and altered images with an aged look, patinas, colorized features or layered looks by varying the surface materials.

I also add paints, pencils, or markers to the TAP before ironing in order to manipulate the texture of the image. The printed TAP can also be scratched to remove some of the image or to blur the edges for a vintage look.

One additional perk in using TAP is that the entire sheet is usable. I save all of my scraps cut away from the images used for transfer and either use them as is or add more color to them. Some of the images I printed a few years ago transfer as very sheer layers and add dimension to newly transferred work.

I am inspired by the many designers’ projects in the book to try some new applications for TAP, such as Kraft tex as a substrate, and for wood applications which I have never attempted.”

You can learn more about Lu and see her work at LuPeters.com. Lu is hoping to get to Houston this year and has a group piece in the Life Begins at 40 exhibit, and The Wonders Art Group, ‘The Enigma Tarot’. It is work by 8 artists interpreting a deck of Tarot cards featuring Leonardo’s drawings, and includes a large variety of fiberart techniques. If you make it to the Houston Quilt Festival, check it out!

NEXT UP – SETH APTER

Seth Apter is a New York City mixed media artist, author, instructor and designer. Known for his book and assemblage constructions with a vintage flair, Seth stayed true to form by incorporating TAP Transfer Artist Paper into his signature style.

Here’s how Seth responded to the questions I asked him about working with TAP:

1. How easy was it to use TAP in your project?

I found it quite simple to use TAP. The instructions were clear and the steps easy to follow. It is the type of process that you get right on the first try.

2. Did TAP inspire any Aha moments for future uses or projects?

I love using text in my artwork and often love to use printed text rather than my own handwriting as a design element. When I used Tap to add text to my project in the book, I realized that I could use the same technique to add a layer of any font I like to other mixed media art as well.

3. What are three good reasons to use TAP Transfer Artist Paper for transfers?

The process is so much easier and less messy than using a more traditional gel medium transfer. Rather than having to rely on the limits of commercially made rub-ons, I can create my own. Using TAP will allow me to support the creative idea of a fellow artist.

Become a part of Seth’s online community at http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com and visit his website http://sethapter.com to see more of his work.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for my interviews with artists Sandy Lupton and Pam Carriker. And don’t forget to comment to win!