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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Time to Tap...

Time to TAP…

No it is not a tap dancing lesson even though I really wanted a set of those shoes as a kid…

Today we are going to explore TAP or more correctly Transfer Artist Paper on Lutradur.

Tap is a product that Leslie Riley introduced to the world. Leslie has worked with transferring images onto fabric and other surfaces for years. In the words from her bio she explains, “In an ongoing effort to find the best ways for quilters and mixed media artists to get permanent photos on fabric, Lesley introduced Transfer Artist Paper™, named the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) 2011 Most Innovative new product.”
TAP 5 Sheet Pack
Image from Leslie Riley's web shop page. 
One of my questions to Leslie was about TAP

Jo:  Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) – “Create With Transfer Artist Paper” is another book you have written. And you have another book “Creative Image Transfer – Any Artist, Any Style, Any Surface: 16 New-Mixed Media Projects Using TAP -Transfer Artist Paper coming out in September. You use the TAP product for transferring images to Lutradur. Can you share your top tips to use TAP to transfer images?
                A cover shot of Leslie Riley’s new book

Leslie: Transferring images onto Lutradur with TAP is easy-peasy and practically fool proof (user error is the fool part.) It’s as simple as printing (or drawing) your image (in reverse) onto TAP and ironing it onto Lutradur. My top tips would be:

Lutradur and TAP are both polymers/plastics, so when they are heated together they like to stay together. You should always peel TAP from any surface when hot but with Lutradur it may resist, so carefully and slowly peel. If you see an areas where you missed ironing you can always lay the TAP back down and re-iron before you completely remove the TAP from the Lutradur.

Yes, Lutradur is heat-reactive, but if you keep your iron moving continuously over the entire transfer area, it will not react to the iron heat.

Since Lutradur is translucent, what you transfer will be visible on the reverse side as well. Use that to your advantage!

Leslie also shared some images of her work with TAP.


Let see some of the images that I have used to transfer on to Lutradur with TAP and basically if you follow Lesley’s directions it works that easily. 

Load the TAP into your ink jet printer (do not use laser printers)

Choose a picture.

Print it

Iron it on to the Lutradur according to instructions.... 

Dover copy right free designs. TAP on Lutradur.

These would make a great start on for a special card, post card, artist trading card, or for a wall hanging. 

Here is the berries above fussy cut out and the tap ironed on. I started outlining with markers and plan to stitch on it. 

 More dover designs.... The fish I plan to use on a quilt scene for my nephew.

I put some TAP fish on the Lutradur I coloured earlier. Some stitching and maybe a few beads on the fish eyes???? I have highlighted some of the fishes fins in black. 

This picture doesn’t show up as well on the black Lutradur. It could be the print colours.

Our old car picture going through the tree circa 19?? On Lutradur with Tap.

Tap is an easy way to transfer to the Lutradur. The image is crisp and clear. Remember you must use the mirror image on you picture before you print. Because the design will be reversed. 

There are other transfer methods to Lutradur and I will cover two more in my next post.

We are nearing the end of our time with the month of May. I do have more things I have experimented with and will continue to do so. So a few more posts and then I am back to my blog which I really hope becomes a place where I show my experiments. I know now how much work goes into regular blog posts.

I thought at the beginning I would go through all of the ways to use Lutradur and show you finished mixed examples. I think the using of my samples will have to wait for my own blog. Lol


Remember to leave a comment and you could win Leslie’s e book on Lutradur.


Bonus Prize
But in order to win what I call the Bonus prize you have to work harder... 

You can only be entered into the Bonus Prize by

1. Having a tip that you have shared on a posts topic.

2. Tell me you have tried something as a result of this May’s posts on Lutradur and what it was.

3. Become a follower on my blog.
(I don't want to coherence any one in becoming a follower of my blog so you can skip that one if you want to .... no pressure.)

So you can enter for Leslie's book by just by commenting any comment... (One entry per name) 

Or by doing #1, #2, and/or #3 for the Bonus Prize entry. That means you have three chances to win a package of cool Lutradur supplies.


  1. I'm not entirely convinced I could incorporate this material into my work, but my curiosity is aroused. Thanks for all the examples.

  2. Yes, Jo. I imagine that we'll be the ones on fire when the experimenting is over! LOL

  3. I love to use lutradur,I painted it, used it together with polyester velvet and organza, and burned it ;-)
    These posts make me want to try the printing too ! (though my husband isn't too keen on me putting fabric or lutradur though the printer .... :-( , so I will have to find these specialy prepared sheets, and also look for thinner lutradur )

  4. Love TAP!!!! Thanks for sharing your experience with TAP and lutrador! Cool effect!

  5. Thanks for the chance to win! I follow you on feedly.

  6. TAP sounds very interesting. Can anyone tell me if you use TAP to transfer an image to fabric, is it washfast?

  7. TAP can most definitely be used to transfer to fabric. It is washfast.
    Check out Lesley Riley's blog/website for more information. She is the person who introduced it to the craft/sewing world, written one book and has another coming out in September.
    Or Google it...
    Thanks for reading.


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