Monday, February 21, 2011

Fun With Lutradur and TAP

 My design wall is pretty empty today.  That's because I am working small on my cutting table.

Yesterday I took a class at Stitcher's Crossing where we played with Lutradur and Transfer Artist Paper (TAP).  Once a month at Stitcher's, Gael teaches a fiber arts workshop.

I bought some Lutradur years ago in Houston but I haven't really done much with it.  And I have wanted to play with TAP for a while, but I had no idea what to do with it.

We discussed different ways to use both the Lutradur and TAP.  One of the cool things you can do with both is put them through an inkjet printer and print images on them.

A lady named Cathi (who declined to be photographed, but was okay with me showing her "stuff"), brought all these vintage prints.  And she was kind enough to share them with the class.

So I made a collage and scanned them in and printed them out on a sheet of the TAP and on a sheet of the thinnest Lutradur (Ultra-Light).

I taped the Lutradur to a sheet of printer paper so that it would feed through the printer.

Lutradur is made from spun polyester -- it's a lot like interfacing.  It can be colored with poly dyes, crayons, markers, and pencils.  I also want to try burning it with my stencil burner.

This is the printed Lutradur on white fabric. I like the ethereal look to the images.  I'm thinking I might want to try printing some photos of birds and trees.

This is the paper that I used to back the Lutradur on its trip through the printer.  I really like the way this looks.  Not sure what I'm going to do with it.

This is my collage printed on the TAP.  If you look closely, you can see that the images are reversed.  This is because when you iron it on, then the print will be readable.  I cut out the dachshund in the center and ironed it to a bit of hand-dye in the top photo of this post.  I really like that it looks exactly like the print it was taken from. The colors are bright and true.  I'm going to have to play around with crayons and pencils next.  It does feel like a transfer on the fabric.

This postcard was part of Cathi's collection.  I photographed it because the address is not far from where I grew up.  Although I suspect this was mailed long before I lived there.

"This is what you see in Egypt dry and barren lands L.M."

That's all it says.  I assume Miss A. Schood knew who "L.M." was.

The photograph on the front had mountains drawn in behind the building.  And there's a boat.  On water.  "Dry and barren"?!
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Karen M said...

Looks like you had a really interesting day. When you say the TAP felt like a transfer on fabric, does that mean it was a little bit plastic?

Judi said...

Sounds and looks like you had a great day. Those are two things I have not played with as of yet and hope to someday. To bad they don't have classes in my area for this type of thing.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I have to throw in my two cents on TAP. When the product came out, I did a lot of research on it. Everything I read said how wonderful it was and how different, etc. Soft hand, did not feel like a transfered product when ironed on......
Okay, I bit and bought the huge pack for a commission.
It was a nightmare!
First, it does show like any transfer material and second, unless it is FRESH, it use yours up quickly!!!
I could have used the stuff I had here and ended up with less problems. Words do not describe the mess I went through to get it to work because once you start with one medium, you have to finish with it......
Love all the neat images, the postcards, etc. Cool, cool, COOL!!!

Anne.....not TAPping....LOL!!!!

Barb said...

You always have the most interesting things on your blog...thanks for taking me out of my box.

Beth said...

That pile of Vintage just looks like so much fun!!! Can't wait to see what you do with these!

Sylvia said...

What did you use to tape the lutradur to the sheet of printing paper? I have sometime problems with feeding the printer...

Talin's Corner said...

Wow, looks like you were busy. Don't you just love spreading everything out and then getting to work creating? I always feel like it is a disaster until I am finished with the project. Look forward to more pictures of your project.

Jan said...

Thanks for sharing your experiments with us. this will be useful information.

Robbie said...

i've played with TAP and lutradur but never at the same time! Hmmmmm Love the pics and what you did as well. Can't wait to see how you use your playtime pieces!

Marti said...

How fun! I've seen it but never tried it.

Debbie said...

So interesting to see all that you "dabble" with!