What a fabulous idea – combining two of the hottest products on the market – STENCIL GIRL STENCILS & TAP Transfer Artist Paper. Join the one and only STENCIL GIRL, Mary Beth Shaw & me, plus nine talented artists (see list below) as we share our art, ideas and inspiration during this week long blog hop.
Read on as I share my biggest Aha moment from my TAPtastic stencilfest. And did I mention there’s a big GIVEAWAY?
After fabric, wood is my favorite surface to transfer onto. Because it is difficult to transfer onto freshly painted wood, I like to use acrylic spray inks to stain and color the wood before TAPping. Rather than spray the box, this time I decided to use my Dylusions spray inks directly on the TAP. I set the Wheel in the Sky stencil on a sheet of TAP and sprayed. I was a little heavy handed with them so I used another sheet of TAP on top of my wet stencil and got a reverse print. After that dried, I ran the TAP through my printer to add the words, Lost & Found Objects. (Always print text in reverse for transfers.) That one sheet of TAP, with the stencilled ink and text was then transferred to a Walnut Hollow Keepsake Box. Walnut Hollow makes the best wood for transfers!
TIP: The polymer on the TAP paper encapsulates the non-permenant, water-soluble Dylusions inks and makes them permanent and waterproof.
I have a 99% success rate when transferring onto wood, but this time, I lost a bit of the transfer. That was more than a happy accident, because it added to my plan – distressing the box. Who want’s a perfect box for their (lost) and found objects?
My next idea was to create one of my signature journals. I love this 4×4 mini Downward Stairs StencilGirl stencil that I received from StencilGirl artist Jamie Fingal at our Dinner@8 dinner at Quilt Festival. The minute I saw it I knew I was going to use it on one of my journals.
I carefully centered and repeated the stencil across the bottom of a sheet of TAP using StazOn ink. Then I got a BRILLIANT (to me!) idea – copy my careful work onto ANOTHER sheet of TAP. Then I leapfrogged to printing the text, BE. HOLD. WONDER. (in reverse, always) on the copied sheet. I masked off a corner of the Hearts, Flowers & More to stencil the heart arrows (with StazOn) around the text on this printed copy. AND THEN! I copied that completed design onto ANOTHER sheet of TAP so that I could do multiples.
I was on a roll! I grabbed my 9×12″ Art is Good for You stencil. Using my limited palette of PanPastels, I stenciled it onto a sheet of TAP. (Did I mention how well the 9×12″ stencils fit on the 8.5×11″ sheets of TAP?) I scanned my completed color stencil, reduced it to 5×7″ and printed two (in reverse) on one sheet of TAP.
To spice things up, I sprayed inks onto a piece of canvas and let it dry. Then I ironed the reduced copy of Art is Good for You onto the canvas.
I’ve used stencils before (who hasn’t?) but never directly on TAP. I’m thrilled that Mary Beth had the brilliant insight to combine the two.
I’m excited to see what the other artists have come up with. The more I use TAP, the more ways I find to use it. The more people that use TAP, the more new uses for it are multiplied tenfold. So TAP on and send me photos of your TAP projects. I’d love to see what you create. You may also want to check out and follow my Made with TAP Pinterest Board for even more ideas and ways to TAP.
Details on the StencilGirl + TAP blog hop happening this week:
Do you want to try TAP and Stencil Girl Stencils too? Leave a comment to win a fabulous pack that will get you started – stencils, a package of TAP Transfer Artist Paper AND my new book, Creative Image Transfer
All comments left on ALL POSTS are eligible to win,
but one comment per post please.
Giveaway closes on Sunday November 16 (my birthday!!!)
at 11:59 PM Central Time.
Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014
But wait…there’s more!
Did you know that as of September 30, 2014 over 100,000 packages of TAP have been sold! If you haven’t TAPped yet you are missing out!
FREE TAP videos HERE.
INSTRUCTIONAL TAP VIDEO – TAP on all surfaces at CraftArtEdu.
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