Monday, June 01, 2009

Playing with TAP

TAP, Transfer Artist Paper, is a coated paper that you put in your computer printer and print images onto, then you can cut out the images and iron them onto another surface; fabric, paper etc.

One happy accident I had while transferring images to organza was that if you have fabric underneath the organza the transfer will be printed on the organza as well as the fabric (cotton in my case) underneath. This creates a nice 3D effect.

In the image above I ironed butterfly images onto white organza. The cotton fabric underneath had a piece of printed paper fused to it and was painted a light yellow. The two butterflies on the left were fused onto the organza on top of the cotton fabric. The butterfly on the right was fused on the organza over a different fabric, so that it is a transparent image overlaying the text.


  1. Thanks for the informative post about this technique you discovered, and the link to TAP. I have to go see the site!

  2. UhOh. Another "must try"!Thanks

  3. Wow! This is so beautiful! Millions of pictures...

  4. What a fun thing to try...thanks for sharing your lesson!

  5. I bought some of this paper a few weeks ago but haven't opened the package yet. You got very cool results with it.

  6. TAP is still on my 'gotta get some' list. How does it differ from directly printing onto the organza vs using TAP? Other than not having to paper back the organza to run it through the printer, etc. Is it more ghostly with the TAP? Different intensity of color?

    The transfer through the organza onto the fabric underneath is neat

  7. Too cool! Thanks for letting us know -- I'd really like to try that. Hopefully I'll be getting some ink cartridges today!

  8. Hi karen,

    I think you would need to try a side by side comparison of the two methods to see, but the only difference i know would be that the transfer leaves a slight had to the fabric that printing on the organza would not do.

    The other thing that TAP does that I have not explored yet is drawing or painting on the printed image with markers or paints, then transferring the modified image to fabric permanently, so it has some interesting potential to explore.


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