I recently received some Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) to play with from C&T Publishing. The one criteria: make something for the home, as opposed to a piece of art.
My idea: make coasters that look like my surface designed cloth, but actually made with TAP so they'd be water and stain-resistant. It would also keep my fabric available for fiber projects.
The whole thing worked like a charm. Here's a quick look at the process:
|The original fabric's on the left and the TAP "print" is on the right|
|This set didn't print out correctly color-wise, but that was my fault; I needed to replace the color ink cartridge. |
But I liked the look enough to continue. (Fabric's on the right; TAP on the left.)
Step 2: Following the TAP instructions, I transferred the TAP images onto a piece of muslin using my iron. These were going to be my coasters.
|TAP transfers on muslin|
Step 3: I fused my round coaster shape onto the back of each TAP image, cut them out, and fused them onto individual interfacing squares I had already backed with velvet. I then stitched around the edges to more securely attach the TAP to the coaster form. I find it easier to stitch around the circles when it's on a larger square -- this trick seems gives me more accurate handling ability.
|Getting ready to stitch around the edges|
|I chose color-coordinating edge colors|
And here's the final set!
I'm really happy with them and look forward to using them. My youngest said she wants a set for herself when she gets her own apartment -- in about 5 years -- so I have plenty of time.
P.S. C&T is hosting a "contest" of sorts: the artist with the most re-pins of their TAP projects wins a big goodie-basket. If you're inclined to support my project, please go to my TAP to WIN Pinterest board and re-pin my coaster project. Thanks!