Peace, Love, Cupcakes! October Blank of the Month, Artesprix Pot Holder

Hey everyone, Tanya here. 
I really wanted to cook up something happy on the Poly Pot Holder. What’s really happy? … Cupcakes! I have seen the Peace, Love illustrations trending a lot, so Peace, Love, Cupcakes was born. Just that one drawing in the middle of the pot holder was rather sad, so I surrounded it with fun doodles. 
Let’s get started!
Sublimation Pot Holder DIY tutorial with Artesprix Sublimation Markers
What are Artesprix Sublimation Markers?
Any art tool that allows people be more creative at expressing themselves is something I gravitate to.  The sublimation markers allow anyone to create their own original artwork and transfer to any dye sub substrate!!! This really changes the “homemade” gift game. As an art educator, Artesprix will definitely be added to some of my classes.  I’ve pulled out my old sketchbooks and have begun choosing which of my art pieces will looks great using the markers. So far, the fine tip black marker is my favorite!! By using the Artesprix Sublimation Markers on just plain copy paper, you can heat press or iron the drawing on any sublimatable blank!
Sublimation Pot Holder DIY tutorial with Artesprix Sublimation Markers
Tools You Will Need:
Step-by-Step Tutorial:
1. Begin by tracing your Pot Holder with a pencil on a plain piece of copy paper.
2. Now that you have your template, it is time to get creative! I decided to use Procreate App and my iPad to digitally draw my design. 
Sublimation Pot Holder DIY tutorial with Artesprix Sublimation Markers
3. Next I printed the digital image on my regular printer, and used my Pot Holder pencil template to trace my Procreate design with pencil. You could also use a sharpie, pen, or sublimation marker. 
Extra Tip: You can use the Softbox App and your iPad to mimic a Lightbox for tracing. 
Sublimation Pot Holder DIY tutorial with Artesprix Sublimation Markers
4. Once I was pleased with my traced design, I added my sublimation marker colors. Don't worry if the color looks muted on the paper, that is normal for sublimation. 
Sublimation Pot Holder DIY tutorial with Artesprix Sublimation Markers
5. Prep your blank: It is a good idea to use a lint roller to clean and loose fuzz off the surface of the pot holder. If you have some fuzz, it can leave blank spots where the sublimation did not transfer to the surface. You don’t want any bald spots!
6. Place your design face down on the white side of the pot holder and using your Artesprix heat tape, secure your sublimation design face down.
7. Place your secured design face down on one piece of Protective Paper and place another piece of Protective Paper on the top. This is called a “sublimation sandwich”. The heat press setting is 400℉ degrees for 45 seconds. 
Sublimation Pot Holder DIY tutorial with Artesprix Sublimation Markers
8. After the timer is finished, take a peek under the edge of the design sheet to check that your design transferred well. You can always repress since you have not removed any tape.  Paper can easily shift, so make sure you taped your design well.
Sublimation Pot Holder DIY tutorial with Artesprix Sublimation Markers
9. Before peeling off the sheet of copy paper, I placed it on the Artesprix Project Mat to cool. 
10. Once cool to the touch I removed the heat tape and I love the look! The colors are so bright and happy! 
Sublimation Pot Holder DIY tutorial with Artesprix Sublimation Markers
Now all I need to do is bake some cupcakes with it! I hope you enjoyed this blog. Don't forget these Pot Holders are only available as October's Blank of the Month, so get yours before November is here. Don’t forget to visit the Artesprix Facebook Group where Makers are always sharing inspirational projects.

Until next time,
Tanya


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