Printed Images on Lutradur with Lace Overlay by Heather Tilley
These gorgeous pictures were created by Heather Tilley using sheets of lace sewn on to Lutradur and then passed through an ink jet printer.
By covering the Lutradur with lace, the images appear ‘softened’ and where Heather has chosen lace containing a shiny thread, the pictures also have an iridescent quality.
Heather says –
“The images are from drawings and from photographs which I’ve photoshopped etc, and I’ve adjusted them mainly by using smaller sections of the originals.”
“I start by cutting a piece of net/lace slightly larger than an A4 piece of Lutradur, to provide a 1cm overlap all the way round and then pin the lace and the Lutradur together. Using a zigzag stitch, I machine close to the edge before carefully trimming the net/lace so that all four sides are straight with no protruding loose threads.”
“I keep the Lutradur and net as flat as I can under a large heavy book so that it will feed easily in the printer (and come out again!)”
Tips for success –
- A4 sheets of Lutradur 70gsm or 100gsm work best
- Use large clear images with plenty of colour and areas of contrast
- It is VERY important to only use an ink-jet (not a laser printer) to avoid melting the Lutradur and damaging the printer
We think this is a very creative idea and well worth trying!
If you would like to have a go, A4 Packs of Lutradur are readily available and can be ordered via our online shop).
Artist: Heather Tilley (Heather Tilley holds the copyright for all of her designs)