Stenciled Kitchen Towel with Artesprix

Hello! I’m Alison Heikkila and I am very happy you stopped by today. I have kind of a silly collection….kitchen towels. I just love them. They are a fun, inexpensive, and easy way to decorate the kitchen and give it a refreshed feel. I have quite the collection, so I was excited to find out that the August Blank of the Month from Artesprix is a Dish Towel. Never before have I designed my own towel for my kitchen, but now I can!

Artesprix dish towel with sublimation stamp pads

What is Artesprix Iron-on-Ink?
Artesprix Sublimation Markers, Ink, and Paint are specially formulated to allow you to use basic copy paper to: color, stamp, stencil, and monoprint anything you wish and turn it into a heat-transferable design. These designs are then applied to a polyester or polyester coated substrate with heat and pressure. You can use a heat press or a home iron! These designs, through this process of sublimation, will become permanent on your substrates.

artesprix stamp pads blending brushes polyester dish towel

Dish Towel
Ink Pads (All except Black)
Protective Paper
Heat Tape
Heat Source: Handheld Craft Press or Heat Press 
AALL & Create: Sunflower Power Stencil #77
Blending Brushes (A dedicated brush for each color)
Large Paper (I used Canson Mixed Media XL to accommodate the large size of the stencil)
Optional: Therm O Web: Pixie Spray

Step-by-Step Tutorial:

Step 1: Trace the vertical sides of the Dish Towel. Since we want our Dish Towel to hang "long ways" we only need to create a template for the width of the blank. 

Dish towel template for artesprix project

Step 2: If you have Pixie Spray, apply it to the back of the stencil to keep it from shifting. Next, start inking up the stencil using all of the Artesprix Ink Pads. The colors blend beautifully, so be sure to overlap them to create new colors.

artesprix sublimation stamp pad with blending brush and stencil

Here is what the finished design looks like. You can see I let some ink go past the stencil, so that the full outline will show.

completed artesprix sublimation stamp pad design before transfer

Step 3: Tape your design face-down to the Dish Towel. Be sure to secure it well.

secured sublimation design between protective paper before transfer

Step 4: Let’s make our "Sublimation Sandwich"! Add a layer of siliconized paper to the top and bottom of your Blank. Your sandwich will be: Protective Paper, sublimation design (face-down), Blank, Protective Paper. The Protective Paper prevents any ink accidentally transferring to your work surfaces.

heat press

Step 5: Sublimate the Dish Towel at 380℉ for 60 seconds, with medium pressure.

sublimation stamp pad on dish towel after transfer

Step 6: Time for the "Peek Test"! Carefully lift a small portion of the design off of the Blank to ensure you received a good transfer. If you need to re-press your piece, you can do it since you haven’t moved the tape out of place. Mine looks good, so I can remove the art from the Blank.

before and after sublimation dish towel with artesprix

Take a look at the finished Dish Towel next to the original design. I love seeing how bold the colors become, and the inks blend so beautifully together.sublimation dish towel with artesprix stamp pads

Using a big stencil like this was perfect for such a large Blank. And it's such a useful project!

sublimation dish towel with artesprix stamp pads

Here it is on display in my kitchen. Remember, this Blank is only available in August. How would you like to get more ideas on using Artesprix’s Sublimation Ink Pads, Markers, and Paint? There’s a Facebook Group that’s just for fans of Artesprix! You can click HERE to join. Also, don't forget to visit the Artesprix store to see all of the available blanks and bundles, so you can get started with sublimation.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Alison Heikkila 

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