Family Baking Apron with Artesprix Sublimation Paint

Who is ready to start baking? We are! I’m Design Team Member Naomi, and spending time together in the kitchen is one of the most fun pastimes in our home.  So creating this apron was the perfect way to create something fun while planning our next baking day. Follow along with me as I show you how I used Artesprix Sublimation Paints and Apron blank to make a family baking apron.

artesprix apron with sublimation acrylic paint

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What is Artesprix Iron-on-Ink?

Artesprix Sublimation Markers, Ink, and Paint are specially formulated to allow you to use plain copy paper to color, stamp, stencil, and monoprint anything you wish and turn it into a heat-transferable design.  You can then use heat and pressure to apply these designs to a polyester or polyester coated substrate. You can use a heat press or a home iron. Your designs will then be permanently printed onto your substrate (a fancy word for “blank”). 

artesprix acrylic paint sublimation apron glitter HTV


Sublimation Paint

Heat Resistant Transfer Mask

Heat Press

Paint sponges

Paint pallet 

Protective Paper

Heat Tape

Copy Paper

Lint Roller

Cricut or other cutting machine (optional)

Glitter HTV


Step-by-Step Tutorial:
Step 1: Add some red paint and some white lightening medium to a paint pallet or non-porous surface. 

Pro Tip: Use the Paint Color Mixing Chart to create whichever color you prefer!

sublimation acrylic paint on mixed media paper

Step 2: Use paint sponges to mix the paint and cover the entire sheet of copy paper. Let dry completely. 

artesprix heat resistant transfer mask with cricut

Step 3:  While paint is drying, cut out the hearts of the design from Heat Resistant Transfer Mask. You can use a cutting machine, non-electric die cut, or fussy cut your shapes. You can find detailed cut instructions here.

Pro Tip #2: Before going on to the next step, use a lint roller to remove lint and dust from the apron.

heat resistant transfer mask hearts on apron before transfer

Step 4: Remove the clear backing from the hearts and stick them onto the apron as desired.

Pro Tip #3: To prevent "press lines" on your apron, tear painted paper around the edges. Tearing instead of cutting straight lines will help avoid harsh lines in your transfer.

secured sublimation acrylic paint design before transfer

Step 5: Use heat tape to secure the painted paper, painted side down, over the hearts, to your apron.

artesprix apron with protective paper before transfer

Step 6: Make a "sublimation sandwich", protective paper, apron with hearts, design, and another sheet of protective paper.

Step 7: Press the design at 400℉ for 60 seconds using medium pressure.

Pro Tip #4: If the seams are in the way, use a pressing pillow so that the seams do not make contact with the heat plate.

sublimation acrylic paint design on apron after transfer

Step 8: Do a "peek test" by lifting one corner of the design to be sure it transferred correctly. If it did, you can remove the design from the heat press.

Pro Tip #5: If the design did not transfer correctly, you can press it again, but only if you did not remove any tape! Check to be sure no seams are in the way and that the apron is laying flat on the press.

sublimation apron with acrylic paint and glitter htv

Step 9: (Optional) Cut and weed a sentiment to place on your apron. I used Siser glitter heat transfer vinyl in brown for my “Baking Up Memories” design.

artesprix apron with sublimation acrylic paint

What do you think? I used 5 hearts in my design to represent the 5 members of my family. I used the pink textured design because it reminds me how much of a “beautiful mess” we make when we’re in the kitchen together. You can change up your design to create something meaningful to you and your family. The best part about this apron is it will last as long as the memories we making baking together.

sublimation apron with artesprix acrylic paint

If you’d like to use a design similar to the one I used here, you are welcome to access it here in Cricut Design Space. If you enjoyed this project, check out the Artesprix Blog for more inspiration. Let us know if you try out this project by using the #Artesprix & #IrononInk or post your project to the Artesprix Facebook Group.  Don’t forget to order your aprons from Artesprix and create your own family aprons.

If you want to learn more about me, visit my About Me here.

Now, go make something memorable!

Naomi Garcia

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