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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Artist Transfer Paper and More of Jean Overmeyer's Work

Jean, a wonderful quilt artist friend, was at my house one day and I was showing her all the cool stuff I had tried while in Houston at Quilt Market.  I loved the Transfer Artist Paper class I took and loaned Jean my supplies so she could play with it too. 

Jean used a photo she had from a snorkeling trip and transferred it using Transfer Artist Paper (TAP).  When she first loaded it into her printer it was low in ink.  She changed the ink cartridge and then put the same piece of TAP into her printer.  Can you believe it re-printed in the exact same place and there is no shadow?  I couldn't believe it either.

Jean signed her name on a piece of paper and reversed it /flipped it and then printed her name on the TAP and ironed it on the back.  She said she didn't want to take the chance the ink would run through the piece.  I loved her idea.

TAP by Lesley Riley is such a cool product.  I was able to transfer images to fabric, wood, paper, and canvas in my class.  You can also transfer images to glass, mica and metal.  When I initially gave Jean my class pack she said she was leery and didn't think she would like it.  Much to her surprise she really likes it. 
"I was impressed with the brilliance of colors that transferred and how soft the fabric ended up being....AND it's washable...that's fantastic!"  

I've always enjoyed sharing the things I've learned because you never know when the information will be cool :)

Speaking of cool....while visiting with Jean today she let me photograph her latest quilt. 

"Sunny Delights" is Jean's own design.  She used batiks, silk, ink, swarovski crystals and wool batting.
Jean used Halo thread by Superior Threads and bobbin couched the feathers.  I loved the shimmer on Jean's feathers....but I couldn't tell what she had used to make them shimmer. 
Jean took a few drops of All-Purpose Ink and mixed it with water.  Then she brushed it over her feathers.  The shimmer is incredible....when I first saw her quilt I thought the shimmer was neat but I could not tell how she got only the feathers to shimmer.  Guess it pays to file all those tips we learn along the way so when you want to do something have the knowledge of what will produce that effect.
The flowers are trapunto as are the purple and green leaves.
In this close up you can see she painted the quilted circles with fabric paint and then she also used some of the All Purpose Ink over the top to give it some shine.  This photo does not show the shine as well as I would have liked it to.
Another really neat thing about Jean's quilt is how she pieced silk and batik fabrics in the first layer.  I love how the fabrics transition.  I thought the feathers were trapunto....nope....Jean used Tuscany Wool BattingThe wool batting gave the quilting that lift.  Jean said she learned that from reading Patsy Thompson's blog. 

I took a photo of those leaves that were done with trapunto so you could see the dimension.  I just love Jean's work and her adventurous spirit.  Below is her quilt know I couldn't miss taking a picture of that :)

This is another quilt Jean has recently finished.  I blogged about it previously when Jean was starting this project.  If you missed that post, click here.
 Here it is finished....another amazing job Jean!!!
 She joined the sections using glass beads.

So, now I'm home and I'm all fired up....the project I'm working on now is a baby quilt .  What are you working on?  Did you learn anything from this post?  I hope so....I enjoy sharing and love reading other bloggers tips and tricks too.



  1. I have just rolled up a part of a quilt that is ready for quilting. The back is pieced. Whew, I am a bit tired.

  2. I like the idea of using my photos to do an art piece, would be fun.


  3. This is the first I've heard of Transfer Artist Paper. I'll have to learn more about it. It looks intriguing.
    I love Jean's quilts. They are stunning!

  4. Great post Kelly. Love all your insights and what beautful quilts too.

    I haven't played with shimmer yet,but wanting to give it a try.


  5. Beautiful quilts! I have a question for you though...When working with fabric, what's the benefit of the iron on transfer paper over printable fabric?

  6. All I can say is Wow what beautiful quilts. My sister has done quilts with pictures, but I haven't. It will have to be put on my to do list. I want to thank you and Jean for sharing her beautiful quilts. I love her feathers :)

  7. I always learn from your whether I remember it or not is a different story.

  8. She is an awesome artist, and I love her work, and I'm envious of her quilt label. I spent yesterday making an I Spy quilt, and today I did the quilt sandwich and began to tie the quilt. It's the first quilt I'm tieing but I think it's the perfect quilt for it. thanks for the TAP info.

  9. I haven't heard of Transfer Artist Paper before but it looks amazing! Love Jean's design and how the neat techniques she used. You're right, need to file some of those ideas.

  10. Truly an artist!!! Thanks for sharing her work with us! And piecing together with BEADS? How imaginative is THAT! Any clues on how she did that?

    I just finished up embroidering a frog towel for listing in my etsy shop (you can see it if you click my name), and now I'm ready to go back to making bags 30 thru 34, while I have the time. Have to get to 100 by the fall - think I'll make it? On Tuesday, I have a shipment of TWENTY yards of fabric coming to make 4 appliance cozies & 2 curtains. They need to be done within a week or 2 of fabric arrival. And I'm waiting for more fabric for my quilt borders & backing...that one's gonna be MINE, and I can hardly stand the wait!

  11. Amazing work. Thanks for the tips. I too like wool batt. I'm impressed with the appliqued feather and its progressive color change. I'd like to know how this is done.

    I just finished an applique blossom, class tomorrow, then to start a new one.

  12. Oh wow. she does awesome work. I hope someday to be that talented. Such attention to detail!

  13. Wow! She is an incredible artist! Looking forward to your blog hop starting up!
    Jacque in SC

  14. The TAP looks interesting and I may give it a try at some point. But I loved the beads connecting the sections of your friend's quilt!

    I recognize the bottle of ink, though I haven't tried that particular one...yet. I have about a dozen of the Tsukineko All Purpose inks and love them. They really add a lot to quilts.

    You might also want to look at something else that I've recently found...Derwent Inktense. I have the pencils, but have since discovered that the Derwent Inktense Blocks are even better! The colors are awesome, and I love using them.


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