Some people on the inkjet transfer yahoo group (firstname.lastname@example.org) were wondering about using Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) on lutradur. Lesley Riley’s new book on lutradur says that TAP works on lutradur (and she invented TAP, so she should know!) Since I’m having such a great time experimenting with lutradur, I had to try these two interesting products together. I picked one of my current favorite photo collages as my first attempt. I took a photograph of koi swimming in a pond at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, and blended it with my photograph of a bonsai wisteria tree. This is the digital image:
I printed the image on TAP using the recommended settings (media set for plain paper, resolution at fine quality). The TAP print looked great, pretty much what like the image looks like on treated inkjet paper. I cut an untreated piece of lutradur inches larger than the image, because if it turned out well I figured I might do something fun with the edges, like use a heat gun to curl them.
I heated my iron to the highest setting. I put the lutradur on my ironing surface, which is relatively hard and not as padded as a normal ironing board. I cut the excess TAP from the edges of the image, as recommended. I positioned the TAP printout face down onto the lutradur, and placed a piece of parchment paper on top of the TAP. Pressing down firmly, I held the iron in place for about 10 seconds, then moved the iron to another spot until I had covered the entire surface. I peeled up an edge and saw that it had transferred completely. I checked the other edges and had to place the TAP down and re-iron a few spots.
After making sure the entire transfer had adhered, I peeled the TAP paper off. I think the transfer is beautiful! The color and resolution are nearly as perfect as an inkjet paper print. I love the way the translucency of the lutradur allows light to shine through the image, and how the filaments and texture complement the image. I also think the abstract nature of the image, with its rich tones, worked really well on the lutradur.
This is the result:
This is a closeup of the bottom left edge, to show the filaments and texture of the lutradur, and how well the rich color transferred:
And another closeup of part of the transferred image:
I think if you pick the image carefully, a TAP transfer to lutradur is a great option. I’m not sure how well fine details will transfer, but I think that this abstract image with its rich colors worked great. Considering that in order to print this image directly onto the lutradur I would have to coat it with Golden’s Digital Grounds (see my other blog posts on that subject), using the TAP was certainly quicker and easier. When I decide how to finish the piece I’ll post an update.