What Will Your Verse Be?

August 12th, 2014

If you are reading this, chances are you have been under the influence of Robin Williams. He gave us so much for so long, in so many ways.

You can’t get inside of all those characters unless they already live within you. I know Robin Williams well, not only through his movies and stand up, but by reading between the lines of all he gave us over his lifetime.

Robin Williams gave and gave and gave until he gave out.

Watching the tribute to Williams on Good Morning America today, I asked myself, “How do we give back to someone who gave so much of himself?” How do we give back to anyone who give so much of themselves to others. How do we honor what Robin Williams gave to us?

The answer is to give of ourselves. To risk vulnerability, to experience discomfort, to put ourselves out there and know that we are doing everything possible to live and give of our own talents.

What will your verse be?

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    Meet the Artists Part 6/Last Day of the Giveaway

    August 10th, 2014

    CreativeImageTransferWELCOME to DAY 6 the final day of the kick off for my latest book, Creative Image Transfer: 16 New Mixed Media Projects Using TAP Transfer Artist Paper.

    Over the last FIVE days I have introduced you to the 10 contributing artists and their thoughts and experience on working with TAP Transfer Artist Paper.

    Some, like Seth Apter and Pam Carriker had never used TAP before. Lu Peters and Marie Z. Johansen are long-time users who can’t get enough of it. All 10 of the artists have shared their candid thoughts on TAP and the Aha! moments they had that will lead them to other ideas, inspiration and art. Complete instructions for all of their projects are in the book.

    If you’re just getting here today, I am sorry the giveaway has ended. I hope you’ll scroll down and see what all the hoopla was about and see all the amazingly creative art and techniques that you can do with TAP Transfer Artist Paper.

     

    MEET THE AUTHOR – LESLEY RILEY


    Riley_Lesley_2010_1I’ve been transferring images for over 30 years.
    First with solvents, later with gel medium and now, with TAP Transfer Artist Paper. Years ago I never dreamed I would introduced a product that is used worldwide.

    Just the other day I had an email from someone in Romania! TAP is used in South Africa, Spain (hello Monica!), the Netherlands, UK, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand and other countries. It blows my mind. I took a leap of faith and said “yes,” and here we are.

    Creative Image Transfer is my second book on TAP transfers. After Create with Transfer Artist Paper I wasn’t sure I could come up with enough new ideas to fill another book, but I should know better. All you have to do is begin and the ideas and inspiration come. Plus I got to “tap” into the creativity of all of my students and other TAP users who have shared their projects and techniques with me, especially the 10 contributors you have met over the last few days.

    I also want to thank three other contributors whose work is in the gallery, Renee Cowart and her Recipe Dishtowel, Mary Ellen Kundrant, her sister and mother for the Celebration Dress, and Thalia Newton for her Artful Sachet Bags.

    TAPMetalToday I want to share one of my favorite pieces from the book. It is so simple and easy yet there is something about it that truly draws me in. It’s an altered book cover, adorned with a TAP transfer of one of my photos on Ranger’s silver foil tape sheets plus a little alcohol ink and the word nature stamped on the foil. It’s a gallery piece and the instructions are not in the book so make a mental note!

    I also have two more pieces to show you that are not even in the book! The first is a TAP transfer on copper mesh collaged with Gelli plate printed fabric on Gelli plate printed wood (a class I’m teaching in October at the Art & Soul Retreat in Virginia Beach, VA.) In fact, I teach TAP in all of my classes, so check out my current schedule to see if there’s one near you.

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    And this one, a simple chair that takes center stage TAPPED on a painted wood panel. (I have a thing for chairs.)

    I hope by now that you have more ideas on how to create with TAP than you know what to do with. It certainly sounds that way from all the comments you have left over the last 5 days. I want to thank each and every one of you for stopping in once, twice or daily.

    If you don’t see TAP at your locals stores, ask them to order it! The best places to look for it are art and quilt shops. The big box craft stores are slow to adopt new things, but maybe someday. TAP is easily available online from several sources in several countries. When people email from from afar asking where they can find in in their country, I start by Googling Transfer Artist Paper and the country. Due to the many levels of distribution it’s hard for me and C&T Publishing, the primary distributor, to know who carries it.

    And one more thing before I announce the final winner – if you do end up buying a copy of Creative Image Transfer, please leave a review on Amazon* for me and for other potential readers. Word of mouth is always the best marketing.  (*no need to have purchased it on Amazon.)

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for your support and enthusiasm. You fuel my creativity and fill my soul.

    Today’s winner is #400 (generated by Random.org) =  Congratulations to Suzanne Gwynne. 

    Suzanne will receive a copy of Creative Image Transfer AND a 5-sheet pack of TAP Transfer Artist Paper.

    Y’all come back, ya hear!

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      Meet the Artists Part 5/Day 4 of the Giveaway

      August 9th, 2014

      CreativeImageTransferWELCOME to DAY 4 of the kick off for my latest book, Creative Image Transfer: 16 New Mixed Media Projects Using TAP Transfer Artist Paper.

      Over FIVE days I am introducing you to the 10 contributing artists and their thoughts and experience on working with TAP Transfer Artist Paper.

      Some, like Seth Apter and Pam Carriker had never used TAP before. Lu Peters and Marie Z. Johansen are long-time users who can’t get enough of it. All 10 of the artists have shared their candid thoughts on TAP and the Aha! moments they had that will lead them to other ideas, inspiration and art. Complete instructions for all of their projects are in the book.

      Sit back, enjoy the ride and LEAVE A COMMENT for a daily drawing for the book, TAP or BOTH.

      The drawing begins on Tuesday, August 5 and ends on Sunday noon EST on August 10. Daily winners will be posted the following day. Enter each day for MORE chances to win!

      (Be sure to check out yesterday’s post on artists Marie Z. Johansen and Laura LaRue.)


      The week is a whirlwind. Keep your comments coming for more chances to win.  Thank you, thank you for stopping by.

      Today’s winner is  #258 (generated by Random.org) = Barb Ingersoll. Congratulations, Barb!

      Barb will receive a copy of Creative Image Transfer AND a 5-sheet pack of TAP Transfer Artist PaperIf your name is not Barb Ingersoll, you still have one day left to enter and WIN.


       

      MEET THERESA WELLS STIFEL

      TheresaStifelTheresa loves all things vintage. Her Falls Church, VA shop, Stifel & Capra, was named to reflect her believe that “it’s a wonderful life.” I don’t get there as often as I would like, but I always find something(s) to take home when I do.

      Here’s a peek at the fabric and paint collage piece she made for Creative Image Transfer. Theresa challenged me to take a look at her Artists page on her shop website to see how many of her pieces incorporate TAP. Why don’t you give it a try too?

      Theresa had nothing but good things to say about TAP:

      Love, Love, LOVE using TAP in projects.  While I DO know how to do the traditional method of “peeling back the paper backing from the acrylic skin” method, I always found it laborious and less than consistent.  I really like how consistent TAP‘s results are, whether I am using it for a background or for a final layer, I feel fearless when I work with TAP because I feel confident in the results!

      TWS-collage14-hpOn my drawing board I have more projects planned to use TAP with fabric.  Textiles are integral to my work, especially my mixed media pieces and I am excited about using TAP for linework in conjunction with my embroidery.

      I recommend TAP to other artists of all kinds, for all applications. I recently suggested to a jeweler friend that she try it on her silver work.  I have used TAP on copper I loved the results.”

      Theresa’s top reasons for using TAP?
      - it’s versatile (I have used it on paper, fabric, metal and fiber)

      - it’s consistent (it makes me fearless!)

      > it’s inspiring (it gets my creative juices flowing!)


      IT’S JOANNE SHARPE!

      JoanneSharpeJoanne is known for her unique style of lettering and loves share what she knows. When I fist approached her about creating a piece for the book, she asked if it could be a quilt – she was just getting into fabric and quilting. (Now she’s a Bernina Ambassador!)

      I feel lucky to have one of her early quilts in my book.
       She used a a fun, fast and easy way to incorporate text, stitch, flowers, paint and TAP into a small art quilt. You can find out exactly how she did it in Creative Image Transfer.

      Joanne thinks TAP is “so very simple, easy and quick, no fuss! I plan on using TAP in my art sewing projects.  It’s perfect for making art designs on the TAP then moving it onto muslin.  I plan to create designs on the TAP then stitch by hand embroidery as well as free motion machine sewing.

      il_570xN.237964651I love it for transferring my artwork onto fabric without having to draw directly on fabric.

      I’m able to make detailed line drawings on my TAP, cut them out and make interesting compositions to paint and stitch.

      You get images that are exactly what you are looking for to add to projects.

      I say, What could be better?

      See more of Joanne’s work at joannezsharpe.blogspot.com.

      Be sure to leave a comment by noon tomorrow, Sunday August 10th - that will be the last drawing,

      One more WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED on the blog tomorrow afternoon (EST) when I introduce yourself to …. ME and a couple of my projects.

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        Meet the Artists Part 4/Day 3 of Giveaway

        August 8th, 2014


        CreativeImageTransferWELCOME to DAY 4 of the kick off for my latest book, Creative Image Transfer:
         16 New Mixed Media Projects Using TAP Transfer Artist Paper.

        Over FIVE days I am introducing you to the 10 contributing artists and their thoughts and experience on working with TAP Transfer Artist Paper.

        Some, like Seth Apter and Pam Carriker had never used TAP before. Lu Peters and Marie Z. Johansen are long-time users who can’t get enough of it. All 10 of the artists have shared their candid thoughts on TAP and the Aha! moments they had that will lead them to other ideas, inspiration and art. Complete instructions for all of their projects are in the book.

        Sit back, enjoy the ride and LEAVE A COMMENT for a daily drawing for the book, TAP or BOTH.

        The drawing begins on Tuesday, August 5 and ends on Sunday noon EST on August 10. Daily winners will be posted the following day. Enter each day for MORE chances to win!

        (Be sure to check out yesterday’s post on artists Paula Bogdan and Lynn Krawczyk.)


        The week is a whirlwind. Keep your comments coming for more chances to win.  Thank you, thank you for stopping by.

        Today’s winner is #206  (generated by Random.org) = Patti Edmon. Congratulations Patti!

        Patti will receive a copy of Creative Image Transfer AND a 5-sheet pack of TAP Transfer Artist Paper. If your name is not Patti Edmon, feel free to enter again today for tomorrow’s drawing.


        Say HELLO to MARIE Z. JOHANSEN

        MarieZJMarie makes unique, one-of-a-kind, hand crafted art designed with joy in mind! When I asked around online for people who used TAP, Marie answered my call. She has TAPped her way through all sort of projects, most often using her own photographs.

        A talented photographer, whose first camera was a Brownie (remember those?), Marie’s photography skills were honed in photography school. It’s her belief that every picture really does tell a story.

        Her Creative Image Transfer project –  Buddha Bag – now hangs on my shoulder. She is very generous with her art and talent. If you want to make one of your own, all of her instructions are in the book – even how she ages Kraft-Tex to look like leather.

        Marie says, “TAP is the easiest image transfer that I have ever tried…that’s why I continue to use it !  I realized that I could, truly, use TAP on just about any surface that I wanted to. I also realized how easy the image would be to “distress” or manipulate prior to transfer.

        The best things about TAP are its ease of use, the quality of the transferred image, the ability to manipulate the image prior to transferring, and the vibrancy of the transferred image.”

        See more of Marie’s creations at Musing Crow Designs.

         

        ENCAUSTIC ARTIST LAURA LARUE

        LauraLaRueLaura LaRue has been a high school art teacher for 18 years and still finds the time to create her own beautiful work. Kudos to Laura!

        She works primarily in encaustics, but only recently began! Her work is striking and I love how she incorporates her own drawing into the encaustic paintings. TAP was new to Laura, but now she’s hooked.

        Laura wants you to know that “TAP is incredibly easy to use and comes with very clear instructions. If you can use a printer and an iron, then you can use TAP!”  Working in encaustics, Laura has tried many methods of transferring images to the wax. She believes that ” TAP stays put better than a traditional image transfer. I am so happy I can paint [wax] on top of the TAP image without worrying about it smearing.”

        In an Aha moment, Laura, who also dabbles in jewelry thought “TAP might provide a great resist for acid etching copper.”

        Her top reasons for choosing TAP? “I love the fact you can draw or paint right on the TAP. It’s perfect for that spontaneous artistic moment! And not to mention the fact that TAP will transfer to practically any surface.

        And the best reason is there are so many awesome new TAP projects in the book that I can’t wait to try out!”

        I agree! See more of Laura’s work on her blog at Laruelapalooza.


        Stop back tomorrow to hear from Joanne Sharp and Theresa Wells Stifel.

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          Meet the Artists Part 3/ Day 2 of the Giveaway

          August 7th, 2014

          CreativeImageTransferWELCOME back to the kick off for my latest book, Creative Image Transfer: 16 New Mixed Media Projects Using TAP Transfer Artist Paper.

          Over FIVE days I am introducing you to the 10 contributing artists and their thoughts and experience on working with TAP Transfer Artist Paper.

          Some, like Seth Apter and Pam Carriker had never used TAP before. Lu Peters and Marie Z. Johansen are long-time users who can’t get enough of it. All 10 of the artists have shared their candid thoughts on TAP and the Aha! moments they had that will lead them to other ideas, inspiration and art. Complete instructions for all of their projects are in the book.

          Sit back, enjoy the ride and LEAVE A COMMENT for daily drawings for the book, TAP or on Sunday – BOTH.

          Drawings begin on Wednesday, August 6 and end on Sunday noon EST on August 10. Daily winners will be posted the following day. Enter each day for MORE chances to win!

          (Be sure to check out yesterday’s post on artists Sandy Lupton and Pam Carriker.)


          TODAY’S WINNER is random comment #40 –  TAMMY KEENE. Congratulations Tammy!

          (Fine Print: In case you’re wondering, for each winner drawing, I start where I left off at the previous day’s drawing, so everyone who comments in the span of time between the last drawing and the current onet is included. It’s a daily drawing for daily entries. That’s why you should come back and enter every single day!)


           

          MEET PAULA BOGDAN

          PaulaBogdanPaula Bogdan just retired from a long teaching career, which means she now has more time (and energy!) for her art. I don’t think she’s ever without a camera in her hand . It’s nice to see the world through her eyes on her blog and Instagram (@paulateach).

          I love how she came up with the idea to TAP her photos and quotes on index cards. It immediately gave me the idea of creating the accompanying recipe box, Recipes for a Happy Life. Full instructions for her cards and my box are in the book.

          Paula had plenty of good things to say about creating with TAP Transfer Artist Paper:
          Using TAP was simple and sweet. For me, I found that once I set things up – iron, mat, etc. – I like to do multiple copies of a favorite image and then just play/experiment. I get quite lost in the process, with more “winners” than failures! Which leads to …

          As I played, I found that I really like some sort of texture/lines behind my images. What led to the book’s project was simply looking around my art space and thinking, “What can I try next?” Old ledger paper, index cards (which I have plenty of being a teacher), you name it, I tried it.

          PaulaBogdan2I did a particularly sweet transfer of myself as a toddler, along with my mom, over ledger paper. It’s in a favorite journal waiting for some memories to be jotted down. I like being able to use family images and my own work in my journal without “ruining” the original. I also enjoy changing up the appearance/feel of the images…rather like photoshop! I also liked scratching into the backgrounds of my images [on the TAP paper before transferring] and creating various patterns and textures.

          I’ve been thinking about light coming through images, thinking I’d like to somehow recreate summer’s light. I want to take my beach images and TAP them onto Lutradur and other sheer papers/material. Thinking along the lines of an accordion book sitting on a window sill…hmmmm.

          I want to make use of my instagram images off the computer and becoming visible everyday. I’m very much a novice as far as stitching, but want to create some tiny wall hangings, incorporating texture…the sand, etc. I’m seeing a common theme here! Texture, texture, texture…And, as I’m typing this, I’m thinking tote bags with grids of images!

          Three (great) reasons to use TAP:

          1. It lends itself so well to experimentation and makes use of so many of the supplies I already have from acrylics to material to papers of all kinds. I really really like using my stuff. I’ve hoarded it for too long.

          2. Instant gratification…the transfer process is easy, and when you lift the TAP…oh, it’s like opening a gift!

          3. I can leverage my own artwork from my photos to copies of my journal pages….transferring, cutting, rearranging, etc. to make something new from something old!”

          Don’t forget to check out Paula’s instagram photos and blog!


          And HERE’S LYNN KRAWCZYK

          LynnKLynn is a coffee addict wonderful and talented surface designer, fiber artist and writer. Perhaps you have seen her articles in Quilting Arts Magazine?

          In her own words, “I’ve spent the last fourteen years exploring every facet of fiber art before finding the sweet spot that makes my artist heart feel home: surface design and collage. I print fabric because it’s the most honest part of my day, when paint meets fabric and a piece of artwork begins to build. It’s a simple act that is true and the definition of who I really am.”

          I’ve never known Lynn to back off from a challenge and I was right. She jumped on the opportunity to add TAP Transfer Artist Paper to her repertoire.

          LynnK2TAP is *extremely* easy to use! I think one of the reasons is because it has so many options of how to print on it, you don’t have to use just an inkjet printer. I love using markers on it, it’s really cool to be able to customize your transfer with your own artwork.

          It’s really user friendly, super hard to mess up the transfer itself, so it’s a hard worker. It can also be used on a lot of different surfaces, which I really like. As a mixed media artist, I like that I can use a tool in several different projects.

          TAP has been used in so many different projects, I like that there are so many examples. It’s easy to imagine it working in your own project when you see it so wildly applied by many different artists.

          Please visit Lynn’s website at SmudgedTextilesStudio.com.


          Enter today to win tomorrow’s giveaway. Just leave a comment below. Check back (and enter again tomorrow!) to meet the multi-talented Marie Z. Johansen and encaustic artist Laura LaRue. (Yes, TAP works beautiful on encaustics!)

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            Meet the Artists – Part 2/Day 1 of the Giveaway

            August 6th, 2014

            CreativeImageTransferWELCOME to DAY 2 of the kick off for my latest book, Creative Image Transfer: 16 New Mixed Media Projects Using TAP Transfer Artist Paper.

            Over FIVE days I am introducing you to the 10 contributing artists and their thoughts and experience on working with TAP Transfer Artist Paper.

            Some, like Seth Apter and Pam Carriker had never used TAP before. Lu Peters and Marie Z. Johansen are long-time users who can’t get enough of it. All 10 of the artists have shared their candid thoughts on TAP and the Aha! moments they had that will lead them to other ideas, inspiration and art. Complete instructions for all of their projects are in the book.

            Sit back, enjoy the ride and LEAVE A COMMENT for a daily drawing for the book, TAP or BOTH.

            The drawing begins on Tuesday, August 5 and ends on Sunday noon EST on August 10. Daily winners will be posted the following day. Enter each day for MORE chances to win!

            (Be sure to check out yesterday’s post on artists Lu Peters and Seth Apter.)


            MY OH MY – the Day 1 response has been overwhelming! So many comments and nice things said. Thank you all for entering.

            Today’s winner is #121 (generated by Random.org) = LINDA HALE. Congratulations, Linda.

            Linda will receive a copy of Creative Image Transfer AND a 5-sheet pack of TAP Transfer Artist Paper. If your name is not Linda Hale, feel free to enter again today for tomorrow’s drawing.


            MEET SANDY LUPTON

            SandyLuptonSandy Lupton considers herself an “Art Class Junkie” who takes as many classes as she can – feeling that every experience adds to your art and to your life. She loves to experiment with new art supplies and loves to ask “what would happen if I do this?”

            So that’s exactly what she did when I asked her to contribute a project for the book. She asked asked “What would happen if I TAPped on faux bone. Being a non-absorbent surface, faux bone was a bit trick, but Sandy did an amazing job and craft a wide selection of necklace pendants like the one here. (See the rest, with full instructions, in the book.) 

            Want to know more about faux bone? Read about her process:

            TAP is so easy to use on paper and other porous surfaces. I especially love to print my artwork onto t-shirts with TAP!  Since I was using Faux Bone for my projects it took a little trial and error.

            Faux Bone is a nontoxic, flat PVC plastic that can be cut, filed, sanded, carved, drilled and more to make beautiful, lightweight jewelry. Because it has a very slick surface, using the traditional TAP heat process did not work as well as I liked.

            I wanted to get consistent results each time, so I tried a number of different processes. I found that a cold transfer process gave me those consistent beautiful results each time! Now it is easy to transfer copies of your original artwork onto unique jewelry. This is something I have been trying to do for years, but until now, I could not find the right combination of materials.

            TAP makes my mind spin! I want to put my artwork on everything! I’ve been working on a line of artfully embellished jeans, and I want to transfer TAP images on them. It surprises me how washable and soft the TAP transfers are on fabric. They also look especially delicious on sheer fabrics! It washes really well. The colors are vivid. TAP has infinite
            possibilities.
            Get more info and see her upcoming classes at the Art & Soul Retreat in VA on her website, SandyLupton.com.
            SAY HI TO CONTRIBUTOR PAM CARRIKER
            PamCarrikerPam Carriker is one of the most prolific artists I know. I was honored that she took the time and the challenge to work with TAP and create a project for the book.
            Pam is known for her portraits and journaling with her stencils, so it was a natural leap to incorporate TAP into her own style.
            TAP is very easy to use and I really loved how it worked in my project. It’s a great way to reuse your own sketches and artwork on other projects.

            My ‘aha’ moment was when I realized I could do a reverse type painting. It was like baking a Pineapple Upside Down cake! Whatever was on the bottom would be what showed on top so I had to think a bit as to how I’d layer things and with text I had to be sure to flip it so it would read right. It was a fun little brain teaser!
            PamCarriker2I’m a big proponent for reusing your sketches in artwork and TAP makes this very easy to do! Tap also can be used on many different surfaces which expands the possiblitlies and it doesn’t leave a lot of extra ‘goo’ on your substrate like other transfer papers can.”
            See more of Pam’s art and journaling at PamCarriker.com.
            And don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into tomorrow’s drawing!

            Coming up tomorrow: Fiber artist and surface designer, Lynn Krawczyk and photographer, Paula Bogdan.
            ENTER TO WIN EVERYDAY!
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              Meet the Artists: Part 1/Announcing Daily Giveaways

              August 5th, 2014

              CreativeImageTransferWELCOME to the kick off for my latest book, Creative Image Transfer: 16 New Mixed Media Projects Using TAP Transfer Artist Paper.

              Over the next FIVE days I will be introducing you to the 10 contributing artists and their thoughts and experience on working with TAP Transfer Artist Paper.

              Some, like Seth Apter and Pam Carriker had never used TAP before. Lu Peters and Marie Z. Johansen are long-time users who can’t get enough of it. All 10 of the artists have shared their candid thoughts on TAP and the Aha! moments they had that will lead them to other ideas, inspiration and art. Complete instructions for all of their projects are in the book.

              Sit back, enjoy the ride and LEAVE A COMMENT for daily drawings for the book, TAP or on Sunday – BOTH.

              Drawings begin on Wednesday, August 6 and end on Sunday noon EST on August 10. Daily winners will be posted the following day. Enter each day for MORE chances to win!

              MEET LU PETERS

              LuPeters1A Dallas, TX fiber artist, Lu says, “I am thrilled to have my work included and to be a part of your ongoing quest for excellence and exploration in the Fiberarts.”

              I was thrilled to see the unique way she handled TAP in her project, Shear Accident, a mini art quilt (below). This is one of two quilts using TAP that Lu will have  in a special exhibit of Classic Cars & Trucks at the AQS Oct 4 show in Des Moines. Here

              Here are Lu’s thoughts on working with TAP.

              “I prefer using TAP Transfer Artist Paper for image transfer because it produces quality images, offers a variety of effects, and requires few supplies (ink jet printer and iron) and minimum effort as opposed to using gels and other chemicals.

              I am able to get both clear and altered images with an aged look, patinas, colorized features or layered looks by varying the surface materials.

              I also add paints, pencils, or markers to the TAP before ironing in order to manipulate the texture of the image. The printed TAP can also be scratched to remove some of the image or to blur the edges for a vintage look.

              LuPeters2One additional perk in using TAP is that the entire sheet is usable. I save all of my scraps cut away from the images used for transfer and either use them as is or add more color to them. Some of the images I printed a few years ago transfer as very sheer layers and add dimension to newly transferred work.

              I am inspired by the many designers’ projects in the book to try some new applications for TAP, such as Kraft tex as a substrate, and for wood applications which I have never attempted.”

              You can learn more about Lu and see her work at LuPeters.com. Lu is hoping to get to Houston this year and has a group piece in the Life Begins at 40 exhibit, and The Wonders Art Group,  ‘The Enigma Tarot’. It is work by 8 artists interpreting a deck of Tarot cards featuring Leonardo’s drawings, and includes a large variety of fiberart techniques. If you make it to the Houston Quilt Festival, check it out!

              NEXT UP - SETH APTER

              Seth1Seth Apter is a New York City mixed media artist, author, instructor and designer. Known for his book and assemblage constructions with a vintage flair, Seth stayed true to form by incorporating TAP Transfer Artist Paper into his signature style.

              Here’s how Seth responded to the questions I asked him about working with TAP:

              1. How easy was it to use TAP in your project?

              I found it quite simple to use TAP. The instructions were clear and the steps easy to follow. It is the type of process that you get right on the first try.

              2. Did TAP inspire any Aha moments for future uses or projects?

              capturedI love using text in my artwork and often love to use printed text rather than my own handwriting as a design element. When I used Tap to add text to my project in the book, I realized that I could use the same technique to add a layer of any font I like to other mixed media art as well.

              3. What are three good reasons to use TAP Transfer Artist Paper for transfers?

              The process is so much easier and less messy than using a more traditional gel medium transfer. Rather than having to rely on the limits of commercially made rub-ons, I can create my own. Using TAP will allow me to support the creative idea of a fellow artist.

              Become a part of Seth’s online community at http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com and visit his website http://sethapter.com to see more of his work.

              Be sure to check back tomorrow for my interviews with artists Sandy Lupton and Pam Carriker. And don’t forget to comment to win!

               

               

               

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                What to do when you don’t know

                July 28th, 2014

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                When you find yourself saying “I don’t know”:

                girl_scratching_head_webwhat to do

                how to do it

                if I can

                if it will work out

                Unknownif I really want to

                where to start

                why

                if it’s too hard
                too silly
                too stupid

                if I am brave enough

                how it will turn out

                imageswhat to use

                when I have time

                why I’m not doing it

                why I can’t get started

                what others will think

                if I’m wasting my time

                if they will like it

                if s(he) will let me

                Unknown-1if anyone will even cares

                if I’ve lost my marbles

                if it’s realistic

                if I’ll ever finish what I start

                what works

                you are at the very best part of the situation.

                Being at “I don’t know” is when all is possible.

                The answer to “I don’t know” is “I’ll find out.” There is only one way for it to turn out wrong and that is not to take the first step to finding out and each next step that follows.

                There is nothing wrong with making a mistake, or as I like to say, taking action with unintended results. Life is a series of actions steps. The majority of the the actions you take turn out right: eating, sleeping, breathing, driving, reading, smiling, saying “Thank you”, etc.

                I’m guessing you didn’t get walking right on your first try. There was practice, determination and consistent action involved.

                That’s how you learn everything. EVERYTHING. Taking action is all you need to do when you don’t know.

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                  Studio Space Outside the Box

                  July 16th, 2014
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                  It’s About Space

                  In a 2010 survey that I conducted over 1500 artists said, SPACE,  or rather the lack of it, was the second most common problem artists face. Space to work, space to store supplies, and, especially (in my case), space to think.  Some of you are blessed with lovely, large studios, a place for everything, and everything in its place, but after talking to you lucky ones, I know that you, too, desire more space.

                  A studio is like a closet, the more you have the more you fill. And I’ve heard more often than once that no matter how much studio space you may have, your actual working area can be as small as 2′x2′ due to the piles and piles of materials and works-in-progress camped out on your work table. So, whether you work on the corner of the kitchen table or have a 2400 sq.ft. loft with a view, this article’s for you.

                  First off, I want to make one thing very clear. The amount of space you have to create in has nothing to do with the quality or quantity of the art you can produce. Granted, it does place a limit on the size of your work, like humongous canvasses or Michelangelo-sized sculpture, but, let me repeat, it does not effect the quality or quantity of your art.

                  I know this, because for the first 12+ years of my career, I have created art for countless magazine articles, class samples, shows and 5 books working in my bedroom, working on a makeshift table – a board placed on my bed. I learned early on that waiting until I had a dedicated space to create was really just an excuse. The drive to create was so strong, it overpowered any considerations I had over a lack of space. So I made do with what I had and never looked back.

                  Even getting a new king-size but lower bed that made working on the bed a big pain in the back didn’t stop me. I took a good hard look at how I was using the space in my bedroom and decided that I had a lot of wasted space on the top of my dresser. It was only accumulating knick-knacks and dust. A 30”x80” hollowcore closet door became my new worktable when placed upon the dresser top. The serendipity of the doorknob hole was the perfect place for electric cords to gather on their way to the outlet below.

                  Finding Space

                  You see, it’s not about the space or lack of it, it’s about how you use the space you have. Finding and using space is as creative an act as the mixed media collage you just completed. It involves thinking outside the box, looking at the world with new eyes and that quintessential question, “What if?”

                  We tend to view our homes from a traditional frame of mind. The living room should be kept clean and neat in case guests stop by. The dining room must be ever-ready for dinner even though you eat in the kitchen. A family room is for family and the bedroom is for sleeping. Well I say, whose house (apartment, room) is this anyway? It’s as much your space to use as it is anyone else’s who may live under the same roof. If art is important to you, then make, take, space for it.

                  Now

                  Now

                  Think Outside the Box

                  Here are a few creative solutions to get you started thinking outside the box:

                  • Years ago I scored an old metal Vogue pattern cabinet at an estate sale for $10. It’s now the home for all my class samples, supplies and more.
                  • Do you have space in the closet between the shoes and hanging clothes? Hang a shoebag on the door and replace the space with clear plastic storage drawers on wheels.
                  • On second thought, use shoebags for fabric, paint, mediums, or found object storage on the back of every door.
                  • Speaking of found objects – why store them? Create an artful, ever-changing arrangement out in the open. Still life at its best.
                  • I know an artist who creates on her kitchen counter and stores her paints and supplies in her dishwasher! Makes sense if you do more art than dishes.
                  • I used a large piece of wood for a solid worktable on my bed. At night I just picked it up and slid it under the bed. A piece of foam core is a lighter alternative.
                  • Who’s living in your living room? Guests would be so entertained to see an actual working artists studio space set up in the corner, or better yet, the whole room.

                  Now here’s your assignment: Grab pen and paper and take a walk though your home. Find at least three new creative solutions to creating more working or storage space for your art. Happy hunting!

                  Share Your Ideas

                  Hey! Be sure to leave a comment and tell me what you found. Sharing your discoveries may help thousands of other artists just like you.

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                    Creative Image Transfer is in the House

                    July 11th, 2014

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                    My book is HERE. It’s time to bring out the TAP Transfer Artist Paper again and heat up your iron. Along with some fabulous contributors, I’ve got new tips, trick, surfaces and ideas for you to play with.

                    You can buy directly from me in my web shop in the TAP or Books section. Yes, Amazon has it but last I looked only 6 copies were left.

                    Join the creator of Lesley Riley’s TAP Transfer Artist Paper and a cadre of talented designers, including several frequent contributors to Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, to explore exciting new ideas to create with TAP. With a sheet of TAP and a hot iron, you can transfer a permanent image onto almost any solid surface. Try 16 fun, new projects ranging from jewelry to home accessories and mixed-media arts. Learn to transfer images onto new surfaces such as faux bone, as well as fabric, paper, wood, metal, and glass; use with encaustic. Use the many techniques as a jumping-off point for creating your own TAP magic.

                    Contributors include Pam Carriker, Seth Apter, Joanne Sharp, Lynn Krawczyk and many talented newcomers!

                    Whatcha waiting for?

                    PS Stayed tuned for some exciting giveaways after I return from my mini-beach vacation. Better yet, subscribe to the blog so you’re sure to to miss any.

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