First I want to apologize to Paul Simon, I thought it was pretty clever. I received a pack of Lesley Riley’s TAP (Transfer Artist Paper) a couple months ago. Between my health and lack of color ink my printer it literally has stay in the package (Lisa Fulmer is cringing as she reads this) but I am happy to report I finally was made aware of the possibilities of TAP (no I have not been paying attention during all those TAP demos). I finally cracked open the package last week and read the directions – you can use artist quality markers, pencils, etc on it (i.e. Prismacolors) ROCK ON!!! I was so excited and knew what I wanted to do: Monsters on the soles of my shoes.
I love canvas shoes (you know the cheap canvas shoes you buy at Target or Wal-Mart) growing up I had a pair in every color (I still have a pair of dark green with Green Bay Packer Laces). They are extremely comfortable with my flat as a board feet. Over the years I have painted them with acrylic paints (they get crusty and flake), fabric paints (work well but they bleed), oil (not so much – St. Patrick’s Shoes) and puffy paint (my Halloween ones are Black and Black Light Paint Orange with Glow in the Dark Puffy Paint – awesome I know). My favorite pair I made was Tomato Canvas Soup Can Shoes that I wore out and plan on making them again. So I bought a pair of white shoes when my mom was here and has planned on painting them but I didn’t know what I wanted on them and how I wanted them painted. I left them and having a Booga, White Shoes DO NOT stay white for long.
My shoes were (are) dirty and I really didn’t want to clean them (or buy new ones) before I did anything because I didn’t know if this would work. I printed off a couple of my Monster Digis and colored them with my Prismacolor Markers. The big challenge would be to get the canvas to stay put without burning myself with the iron.
|The monster underneath the shoe colored with Prismacolor Markers.|
Washcloths – I stuffed two washcloths in the toe of the shoe which made the ironing surface hard.
|The picture I took of the silicone release paper over the TAP did not turn out.|
|Monsters on the side of my shoes.|
|Monsters on the toes.|
|The Monster on the Right I had a little problem with a bubble but nothing big.|
I pulled out the iron, the silicone release paper and in 10 seconds I had Monsters on the soles of my shoes. I am so excited and now I want to buy more cheap canvas shoes and put more of my digis on them. They are so cool – I think the next set might be a hodge-podge of Monsters or Little Brother Stamps.
|Finished shoes!!!! YAY for TAP and cheap canvas shoes!!!!|
Final verdict on TAP – if you don’t have it you need it (yep I am recommending this product that highly)10 SECONDS and a HOT IRON is all you need to transfer the image (opposed to 5 minutes and praying it turns out). I think Jeff is seriously concerned that I will be buying a plethora of canvas shoes for me and the kids so I can make “TAP shoes” the possibilities are endless – Stone, SpongeBob, Patrick and Thomas, all on one pair of shoes or one shirt (that would be several shirts – lol). C and T Publishing and Lesley Riley YOU ROCK!!!!!