Design an easy DIY Artesprix T-shirt that lasts forever in a few short steps
Create family memories with this amazing Poly T-shirt Project!
Nicole here! Today I am sharing my Custom Artesprix T-Shirt I created for my son, Edward. A few months ago, he drew a cool picture on regular copy paper. After he was done drawing his image, he asked me if I could make him a shirt for him. Honestly, I was a bit nervous. I never make promises I can’t keep with him so I told him I’d try. Let’s be honest here… I’m crafty, but when it comes to making t-shirts… uh, I’m not sure about that one! It actually wasn’t hard at all! The hardest part was taking the time to color inside the lines using the Iron-on-Ink Sublimation Markers. If you look closely, you will see a few mistakes.
What exactly are Artesprix Sublimation Markers?
Artesprix Iron-on-Ink Sublimations Markers allow you to create art on plain copy paper and with the right heat source and supplies transfer that design to any polyester coated substrate. There are 14 Artesprix 100% polyester blanks to choose from, one of them being Polyester T-shirt Project I am doing today! The colors will never fade and the designs will last a lifetime. How cool is that?
- Poly T-Shirt-Youth-Crew Neck
- Gnomie Botanical Sublimation Markers
- Black Sublimation Markers
- Protective Paper Roll
Step by Step Instructions:
To begin, I traced the entire drawing using a Black Iron-on-Ink Sublimation Marker. After I outlined all of the images, I colored in the rainbow and the animals using Artesprix’s Gnomie Botanical Sublimation Markers. In my opinion, the images really stand out with the black outlining. If you are going to use just the color markers, the images may not be as crisp.
I used scissors to trim around the edges of the paper so that it would fit better on your Custom Artesprix T-Shirt. Once I was satisfied with the placement of the artwork, I secured the design (face-down) to one side of the Poly-T Shirt using heat tape. Be sure to secure all sides of the image using heat tape to avoid slipping because if it’s not secured, you may get a ghost image.
Place the Artesrpix Protective Paper in-between your Custom Artesprix T-Shirt to prevent your design from transferring through to the other side of your garment. Now, you are ready to create a “Sublimation Sandwich”, from bottom to top:
- Artesprix Protective Paper
- Artesrpix Poly T Shirt with design secured (face-down) on top, with Artesprix Protective Paper inside
- Artesprix Protective Paper
Don’t forget to set your Artesprix heat press timer for 35 seconds at 370 degrees Fahrenheit. Place “Sublimation Sandwich,” in the heat press. After pressing, allow the item to cool before handling. Also, make sure the knob is tight. You want as much pressure possible so that the heat press is hot enough to really make the images and colors pop.
Lift a small piece of the Protective Paper to take a peep test to make sure the image transferred completely to your Custom Artesprix T-Shirt. Gently, remove the protective paper from the item to reveal your unique vivid design!
Here he is wearing his new Custom Artesprix T-Shirt! When I showed him the shirt, he gave me the biggest smile. But, then he had to ruin the moment by telling me it only took me four months to make him a shirt… LOL. Most importantly, he loves it and I am impressed by my skills!