I often like to use images in my work. My favorite methods of transfer are printing directly onto fabric, and image transfers using gel medium.
However I thought I’d take the opportunity to whip up a small project using a product called TAP (Transfer Artist Paper) which is featured in an article in the May 2009 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.
TAP is a sheet of transfer paper that you use with your inkjet printer. The information sheet that comes with it explains that the paper has a polymer coating on it so that once the image is heat set to your fabric it virtually becomes a part of the material and can be washed therefore resulting in no hand to the fabric. For best results it’s recommended waiting 2 or 3 days before washing, however the results I got after washing did not produce a “perfect” image, so whether you like the results will depend on your expectations and your application. You can see comparisons below.
This is a picture of my son when he was very young. I’m sure he must be sick of me using him as a guinea pig for all my image transfer experiments, but he’s so darn cute
When the image is transferred to fabric it is “stiff” but softens as you wash it.
Washed 3 days after transferring
When printed, the colors are transparent, so ironing onto a white background will provide you with the most vivid color.
Ironing to a colored background produced a more silhouette type image.
Full details and instructions for TAP can be found at www.TransferArtist.com.
My Art Quilt Project
I had in mind to do an oriental type art quilt using an image of a koi fish
I started with some background fabric and quilted it.
However after it was quilted I felt the colors were too strong, so I used a foam roller to add an uneven coating of Lumiere gold metallic paint over the top, and this toned it down a lot and added a sparkly background.
I then added a “pond” for the koi and quilted a bubble design on it – reminiscent of raindrops hitting the water.
Using a blue metallic paintstik, I highlighted the raised bubble areas. This produced a nice contrast in color between the raised areas and the depressed areas.
I then added the fish. I printed out the design onto muslin using TAP and then fused some wunder under to the images and cut them out like an applique. I fused the fish to the background and stitched an outline around them using a sculpture stitch with gold metallic thread. I then added some contrasting borders.
Some decorative shapes and a black binding . . .
. . . and finally some Chinese coin embellishment.
Although I started out with this design in mind . . .
. . . I think it looks better like this! What do you think?