Trick-or-Treat Tote with Iron-on-Ink

Hey ya'll! It is Tanya again. I love notebooks and totes. I bet I have 100 empty of each! Since this is soon to be Fall, I thought I’d make a Halloween project out of the Poly Canvas Tote Bag!. This will be a sweet Trick or Treat tote with an illustration of Lily Munster!

So let’s get started!

Sublimation polyester tote 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!!

Sublimation polyester tote with Artesprix sublimation markers

Materials:

Copy Paper
Pencil 
Scissors 
Heat Source (Press, Iron, Etc.)
Step-by-Step Tutorial:
Step 1: Take a regular sheet of copy paper and draw out you’re your illustration in pencil. Remember, if there is any text, it needs to be reversed. Before getting started place your sublimation markers tip down to give them time to "warm up". 
Sublimation polyester tote with Artesprix sublimation markers
Step 2: Color your illustration with the Artesprix Sublimation Markers. This is also a great time to pre-heat your press to 400℉. 
Sublimation polyester tote with Artesprix sublimation markers
Step 3: Prep your blank. Use a lint roller to clean and loose fuzz off the surface of the tote. If your tote is not clear of fuzz, you risk having spots where the sublimation is not consistent on the surface. You don’t want any bald spots!
Step 4: Secure your design once you are finished. Place face down and secure using Artesprix Heat Tape. 
Sublimation polyester tote with Artesprix sublimation markers
Step 5: Create your Sublimation Sandwich. You want to protect your blank during the transfer process. Place a piece of protective paper on the bottom of the press (to protect the other side of your tote). Then, place a piece in-between to ensure your design does not transfer to the other side. Lastly, place a piece of protective paper on top to protect your heat platen from the design leaving ink behind. 
Sublimation polyester tote with Artesprix sublimation markers
Step 6Set The heat press for 45 seconds and 400℉.
Step 7: Peek Test! Take a peek under the edge of the protective paper to check that your design transferred well. You can always repress since you have not taken the design sheet off yet. Paper can easily shift, so make sure you taped your design well.
Sublimation polyester tote with Artesprix sublimation markers
Step 8Peel off your sheet of copy paper. On my tote I noticed that my heat press didn’t seem to press at a consistent pressure. The light green didn’t show up as much as I would have liked and the hair wasn’t a solid black. 

Sublimation polyester tote with Artesprix sublimation markers
Step 9: Since I had some pressure issues with my Heat Press I had to improvise. Nothing Mixed Media can't solve! I rooted through my art supply stash and pulled out this bottle of Tulip Beads in a Bottle, I used this on the hair to add some glitter and distract from the distressed look of the hair. I ended up really liking the glitter… Lily, after all, is a glamour puss!
Sublimation polyester tote with Artesprix sublimation markers

Let dry and then admire!

Sublimation polyester tote with Artesprix sublimation markers

Who’s ready to go Trick or Treating? Don’t forget to visit the Artesprix Facebook Group where Makers are always sharing inspirational projects.
Until next time, 
Tanya

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2 comments

This is so neat!

NICOLE MARTEL September 24, 2021

Very cool!

NICOLE M MARTEL September 24, 2021

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