Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Dining Chair Update: Adding Design with Transfer Paper

Some of you may remember my recent post Cane Back Chair Makeover.
 I mentioned that I would be adding a graphic art design to the chair. I searched Etsy and found the perfect art for the chair, then purchased Lesley Riley's "TAP" Transfer Art Paper.

I'm loving the added detail, and I want to show you how I did it!


I started out with the reverse image on my computer (the Etsy download came with the reverse image as well as the regular so I didn't have to spend time figuring out how to mirror the image!)


They instruct you to use an inkjet printer...I was pretty sure that's what I had...so I went for it! :)

*BEWARE* They say to use the "white" side of the paper. In looking at the different sides I first chose the side on the right. It looked more "white" to me, even though it had some speckled color.  WRONG CHOICE!!!

Please pay careful attention to this so you don't waste a sheet of this semi-pricey paper!

The CORRECT side it the side on the left (with the star). If you look closely you can see there's a clear film on it.


Once the image is printed, trim the paper close to the design.


Next, go to your chair or piece of fabric...


Place the image where you like it. Make sure you have it on straight and even!


Your iron should be preheated on the hottest setting.


Make sure your image doesn't move in the beginning. 
Once you've pressed the iron down it should begin to stick to the fabric. 
Move the iron around evenly and get your paper very hot.


DO NOT let the paper cool! You must start peeling the paper off while it's still HOT. (You may want tweezers to help peel it off so you don't burn yourself!)
 

Ta Da!!!!


Don't you just love it?!
I think it added the perfect detail to the chair!


I hope this little tutorial helped explain how to use the Lesley Riley TAP paper and that it took all doubts and concerns out of the way! 

This was the first time I used it and I didn't test it on anything first because I didn't want to waste the paper, so it's not hard, just go for it!

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