Granted, I had just joined the C&T team, and I would soon hear TAP‘s praises sung by my coworkers. But for a brief period of time, I was in the dark—and then I got a box in the mail.
When we first get subjects—the finished projects that authors send to us to be photographed—we check them in, which is essentially like Christmas morning. We open the boxes and lay out all the subjects. For the most part, this is the first time we’ll see the projects in the book, so it’s always a surprise!
Checking in the subjects for Creative Image Transfer—Any Artist, Any Style, Any Surface was a new experience entirely! I unpacked a whole range of surfaces and textures—from various fabrics to metal to wood to ribbon to canvas to cork to paper to faux bone—all with words or images printed on them.
Lesley Riley’s TAP Transfer Artist Paper virtually allows you to transfer any design to any surface. So why wouldn’t the book’s projects show off this versatility?
Lesley and her contributing designers have created a world of possibilities for image transfers in the projects for this book. I fell in love with all the subjects I unpacked, but especially the following ones.
Take a look and tell me you don’t love them too!
Reindeer mixed-media art card
The background is a photograph that Lesley took and TAPped onto a card. Then she added the vintage deer image and glitter!
I love that TAP can be used on multiple surfaces that can then be put together as one composite image. You can get great results from this—it’s kind of like a multiple-exposure photograph (or a hands-on Photoshop experience, if you’re new school).
I’ve been planning a special card for a friend’s wedding, and TAP is definitely going to come in handy!
Lesley’s friend Sandy Lupton made these gorgeous pendants. I love her attention to the other parts of the necklaces, too—she used beads, chain, and ribbon to really enhance the transferred images on the pendants.
My personal favorite has to be the boat pendant. Those sea glass–like stones and the beautiful copper-wire chain are just my style! When I make jewelry, I am always bummed by how hard it is (for me) to find unique, affordable pendants. Problem solved!
I love book arts, so how could I not be drawn to this altered book made by Lesley’s friend Seth Apter? He took an old book and removed the pages, then decorated the cover with TAPped copyright-free Latin text and some great die cuts. Once he was finished with the cover, he added new pages to the book.
Okay, a handmade journal with a metal-and-patina cover? Awesome.
Yes—there are tons of possibilities! (The hard part is keeping yourself from TAPping every surface within reach.) Lesley also provides tons of tips and techniques about how best to transfer your images. Who better to teach you than the creator of the product?
Suddenly inspired by mixed-media options? If you could transfer anything onto anything, what would you do? Let us know in the comments!