Hey everyone, Sarah here! I am so excited to share this project with you. I love the blank of the month this month. I have been planning on making my 5-year-old daughter an art apron for a while now. She is ALWAYS doing art projects. If it involves glue, markers, paint, pom poms, beads, or any number of other things she is all about it. But being as she is 5 (well almost 6) she is MESSY. It gets on her clothes, the table, her skin, the floor, everywhere. So, this project has been a long time coming.
What are Artesprix Sublimation Markers?
Artesprix Sublimation Markers hours and hours of fun wrapped up in a marker. You can color, draw, or trace onto plain copy paper and heat press that onto a sublimation blank or high polyester material and have something that will last forever.
Heat Source (either a heat press or an iron)
Step 1: So, for this project, I didn’t trace my blank, because it was just too large. But you do want to measure where you want to put the design so you can size your design accurately. I used the Silhouette Studio Software to modify and size my design for this project. Once I had my design sized how I wanted it, I changed the line color to black and increased the line thickness to .75.
Step 2: Once that was complete, I printed my design from a printer onto plain copy paper.
Step 3: Once the page is printed, flip the page over and trace the design onto the back of the paper with your markers. I used a light pad to help see the lines through the paper.
Note: I have used this ink from my regular printer before so I know it will not affect my transfer. If you are unsure how the ink in your printer will react with heat, simply trace onto a new piece of copy paper with Iron-on-Ink markers.
Step 4: Once the design is traced, have fun coloring it in. This is one of my favorite parts. Deciding what colors to use is so much fun.
Note: Remember to place your markers tip down 15 minutes before and during use. If the pack is brand new or hasn't been used in some time, Artesprix suggests 30 minutes.
Step 5: After I was done coloring in the main part of the file, I decided I wanted to add extra paint splashes, so, I went back into Silhouette Studio and used parts from the original file, resized, and printed them.
Step 6: Preheat your heat press to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a lint roller on the apron to make sure there are no excess fibers, pet hair, dust, etc. on your blank.
Pro Tip: Pre-Press your Apron by protecting it with protective paper and pressing in the press for ~5 seconds. This will help prevent "ghosting", wick out moisture, and helps get rid of wrinkles.
Step 7: Place your design on your apron and use heat tape to keep it in place.
Step 8: Grab two pieces of protective paper big enough to cover your design & apron in the press, put one under your apron and one over your design, making a “sublimation sandwich”.
Step 9: When the heat press is at temperature, place your “sublimation sandwich” on the press with the copy paper side on top. Press for 60 seconds.
Step 10: After 60 seconds, open the press. Before you remove the heat tape and take off the copy paper from the blank, you want to do a “peek test”. Pull up a little corner of your page and make sure the design transferred correctly.
Step 11: With the design sublimated onto your apron, remove the paper and heat tape. You know have a fun and functional artist apron.
I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did. I can’t wait to see what you create with June’s Blank of the Month. Be sure to join the Iron-on-ink Inspirational Group on Facebook. You can see what others are creating and share your projects.
For even more inspiration don’t forget to check out some of the other posts on the Artesprix blog. Like this one with some fun coasters.
Until next time,
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