Transfer Artist Paper (TAP™)

Create quilts like this with Transfer Artist Paper, check out how in this issue.

Learn how to write on transfer artist paper and more with this tutorial.

You can find directions for creating transfers like these
in “Tapping into Image Transfers” from
Quilting Arts Magazine Apr/May 2009

A transfer occurs when you take a photo printed on one surface and move it to another. Transfer Artist Paper™ or TAP™ is the latest technology in iron-on transfer paper.

What makes this transfer paper different and better than others? The inks combine with the polymer coating on the paper and, when heated, they fuse into the fabric and become a part of it. Other transfers sit on the surface and will peel, fade, and wear away over time or with repeated washing. TAP works on cotton and blends, silk, polyester, paper, leather, and more.

Ways you can use Transfer Artist Paper:

  • DRAW AND PAINT: TAP has been formulated to accept drawings or designs made with any soft drawing material.You can do your own drawings right on TAP and transfer them to fabric. Fluid acrylic paints and inks will transfer as well.
  • PAINT OVER TAP Transfers: Because a TAP transfer encases inkjet inks in polymer and fuses them into the fabric, your transfers are impervious to water. Images printed onto TAP with both dye-based and pigment inks can be painted over either before or after transfer. If you do paint over your image after transfer, there will be a difference in the paint absorption in the areas where the unprinted polymer transferred to the fabric, so be sure to trim away any excess white areas when possible.
  • LAYER AND OVERLAP: After transferring, you can iron directly onto the image without an overlay sheet, so you can add additional images to your quilt or project without worrying about damaging images you have already transferred. This opens up design possibilities.
  • DISTRESS & SCRATCH: If you’re a fan of lost and imperfect edges, you can just scratch away the edges of the TAP images before transferring. I use my fingernail and, for finer detail lines, I use any pointed or sharp tool. Dried out ballpoint pens are great for this.
  • WRITE RIGHT: By now you are probably thinking, ‘Hey, I can write on this stuff.” Well, yes and no. If you can mirror-write like Leonardo da Vinci did, you will have no problem. But as with any transfer, you have to print or write in reverse in order for it to read correctly after transferring. So, the easiest way to transfer text is to print it in reverse and then transfer it. But with a little patience and ingenuity, and maybe a light box, you can write over or scratch out a few words in a printed image.

Check out the full tutorial “Tapping into Image Transfers” by Lesley Riley in Quilting Arts Magazine Apr/May 2009.


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