Guest Author - Michele G. Desmoulins
This is a very unique product that it quite exceptional in its versatility. Lazertran paper has the ability to transform an otherwise ordinary item into something very special and artful. This is a fantastic product for mixed media and collage work. It can build depth and has tremendous layering possibilities.
So, we'll discuss here some of the highlights and what can be done with Lazertran paper and then we'll go into some of the drawbacks. There are limitations with this technique depending on what you want to accomplish in your art work.
Lazertran paper is formulated to be adhered to a wide variety of materials that includes glass, metal, wood, dark and light colored cloth, silk fabric, metal foil, ceramics and polymer clay.
It is almost limitless as to what you can create with Lazertran paper. You can go to Lazertran.com for explicit instructions and suggestions on how to use their paper. You can also email them to ask which version of their paper would be best for the item you want to apply it to. Ask them anything you want. They are very willing to teach artists and crafters how to use the product. Lazertran paper was invented in 2003, so it is still a very new product. Many artists are still learning about what it is and what it can do for their artwork.
The ink-jet printable Lazertran paper is a great product to use on cloth fabric. T-shirts, canvas bags, pillows, curtains, towels and many other cloth type fabric. Fabric accepts the ink-jet images off this paper extremely well. You can create personalized gifts and items with Lazertran paper.
The waterslide version of their paper is easy to apply and completely waterproof once dried. This type of Lazertran paper is great for smooth, hard surfaces. Adhere images to glass, glazed ceramics or metal. When wet, the Lazertran will wrap around curves and circular objects.
You can use the waterslide version for wood or plaster surfaces as well. However, these materials are more porous and extra glue will be needed. As you get to know the different types of Lazertran paper and what surfaces they adhere to, you can start to really experiment and bring whole new dimensions to your work. Happy transferring!