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TAP (Transfer Artist Paper) is my new transfer product. I have been keeping it on the DQ but the word is spreading. I'll actually have my first ad in the next issue of Quilting Arts magazine. Right now, the only place to get it is through my TransferArtist.com website. By midyear I expect to be wholesaling it to quiltshops, and this fall (gulp), I'll have a booth at both Quilt Market and the Quilt Festival in Houston. So now it's official, no turning back
TAP transfers are easy and fool-proof. And for fiber artists, the good news is that they are bright, vivid and washable. But I won't go into a long commercial for it now. You can get more info at the TAP website. And yes, you can transfer to paper, wood, canvas, and more.
Lutradur and TAP are a perfect match. I am working on a gorgeous Lutradur book right now that consists primarily of TAP transfers. Because Lutradur is translucent, the TAP transfers are visible from both sides of the page, which offers lot of possiblity and potential.
In the top photo, I TAP transferred the vintage postcard of the woman with balloons and then added more balloons above the image with paint. The decorative Lutradur edges were done with my Creative Textile Tool.
Transfer Artist Paper (TAP)
Lutradur (Painted or not)
Press cloth or fabric scrap
1. Print your image onto TAP. Be sure to reverse it before printing so the final transferred image looks like the original.
2. Preheat your iron to its hottest setting for the fabric you are ironing. I use Linen setting for almost all transfers, even Lutradur. Protect the work area of the ironing board with a press cloth or fabric scrap. Because Lutradur is an open weave, some of the transfer inks may go through the fabric to the ironing board cover.
3. Cut out the image and any excess white areas. White areas transfer as clear. While you cannot see the clear polymer, you can feel it. It all depends on what you want/need for your project.
4. Place TAP, image side down on Lutradur and iron, continuously moving the iron over the surface to keep it at an even, hot temperature. It takes some time for the polymer to gas into the fabric. The transfer is complete when the paper lifts easily from the fabric. You cannot over-iron TAP, but under-ironing it may effect it's washability, which is not an issue with Lutradur since it is probably not going to be washed.
That's it! Be sure to check out the April/May issue of Qulting Arts magazine for my article on TAP transfers. There's a lot more to do with it it than straightforward iron-on transfers.