Mixed Media Makeup Bag With Artesprix Sublimation Markers

Hey there, it's Lisa here. One of my favorite things about crafting is discovering new art supplies. Every time I find something new, it opens up a whole new world of crafty possibilities. That’s why I’m so excited design a DIY Artesprix Sublimation Marker Makeup Bag. These are different from any marker I’ve come across before and they can be used to create anything from tote bags to t-shirts and a million things in between. Since I wanted to start with something simple, I thought a DIY Makeup bag would be fun and easy. I needed one for travel anyway and this was the perfect size. 

sublimation make up case with artesprix

What Are Sublimation Markers?

I wasn’t familiar with sublimation markers until recently but now that I’ve seen all the cool things that they can do, I’m a little obsessed! In a nutshell, sublimation markers allow you to easily transfer drawings from regular paper onto other surfaces, such as tote bags, bandannas, mugs and much more. When transferring directly to fabric, you just have to be sure that it’s made from polyester.

sublimation markers zip case heat tape protective paper


Artesprix Sublimation Markers

Artesprix Poly-Canvas Zip Case

Plain Copy Paper

Artesprix Heat Tape

Artesprix Protective Paper


Artesprix Heat Press, Dry Iron or Home Iron

Artesprix Project Mat

Glue Gun

Glue Sticks

Lightbox (optional)

    Step-by-Step Instructions:

    Step 1: Draw your design. Since your final result will be a mirror image, you’ll need to keep that in mind if you have words in the design. You’ll need a mirror image so that when it transfers, the writing won’t be backwards.

    sublimation zip case template on plain paper

    One way to do this is to write on a piece of paper, then flip it over and trace it. Putting it up to a window makes this even easier. I did it a little differently and printed the words “Glam Life” backwards from my computer, then taped it to a piece of paper.

    light box with reversed text

    Next, I flipped it over and used the lightbox to trace with a pink Artesprix marker.

    Step 2: Now comes the fun part! Design your makeup bag using the Artesprix sublimation markers.

    sublimation design transfer with artesprix markers

    Don’t worry if the colors don’t look very bright as you’re drawing your designs. They will brighten up once you apply heat (and it makes for a really fun surprise when you see the difference).

    Step 3: Cut out your design and use the Artesprix heat tape to tape it to the canvas bag. If you don’t use it, your paper may move slightly when you apply the heat, leaving a “ghost” image along the sides.

    sublimation design secured to zip case

    This heat tape is great because it can withstand temperatures up to 425°F and peels away without leaving your project feeling sticky. It also works for heat transfer vinyl, 3D printers and more.

    Be sure to tape the drawing ink side down to your Makeup, so that the side with the ink is facing the bag.

    sublimation project with protective paper

    Step 4: Set the temperature on your heat source. If you’re using an Artesprix heat-press, set it to 400°F. Dry irons and home irons should be set to linen or the highest setting. If using a home iron, be sure to choose “no-steam”. Also, keep in mind that the holes in a home iron won’t allow heat to pass through evenly. You may get better results just using the tip of the iron, where there are no holes.

    sublimation project before transfer

    Step 5: Take the Artesprix protective paper and cut two sheets that are slightly larger than the bag.

    Step 6: Place one sheet of protective paper on the project mat. Place the bag, face-up, on top of the paper, then top with one more sheet of protective paper. You are basically creating a sublimation “sandwich”!

    Step 7: Set your Artesprix heat press timer for 45 seconds and heat your “sublimation sandwich” with the zipper remaining outside the heat source. If you’re using a dry iron/home iron, hold it stationary while pressing firmly for approximately 3 minutes.

    Note: Never leave heat source unattended and don’t forget to turn it off when you’re finished.

    before and after sublimation zip case

    Allow the bag to cool before handling, then gently remove the protective paper and tape. This is my favorite part because it’s cool to see how much the colors pop after the heat is applied.

    rhinestones on sublimation zip case project

    Step 8: (Optional) Since it’s a Makeup bag, it should have a little bling, right? Use hot-glue to add rhinestones, glamming it up even more. Even if the “bling” has adhesive on the back, it’s still better to use hot glue too, just to be sure they don’t pop off.

    You have a completed Iron-on-Ink Canvas Zip Case! I love how easy and fun it was to make this bag with the sublimation markers! This DIY Makeup Bag is the perfect way to store Makeup and great for travel too. This DIY makeup bag turned out so cute that I can’t wait to try my hand at another craft using Artesprix markers. What would you make next?

    sublimation make up zip case with artesprix markers  

    If you loved this Iron-on-Ink Makeup Bag Blank check out this Artesprix Summer Tote Bag!

    Until Next Time!

    Lisa O'Driscoll 


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