Are you an artist at heart with a soft spot for sublimation? Do your customers enjoy creating one-of-a-kind treasures for friends, family and clients of their own? With the Artesprix Permanent Thermal Transfer Markers, sublimation beginners and masters alike are able to bring their imagination to life.
These revolutionary sublimation markers allow crafters to transfer drawings from regular paper to white/light-colored polyester apparel and polyester-coated décor. Once you’ve drawn your design, use an ordinary heat press to transfer your artwork onto totes, mugs, T-shirts, coasters, luggage tags and more!
- Artesprix Permanent Thermal Heat Transfer Markers (10-pack)
- Piece of regular copy paper
- Heat press
- Thermal tape
- Sublimation blank / polyester or poly-coated substrate
- Pencil (optional)
Heat Press Settings:
- Temperature: 400°F
- Time: 30-45 seconds
- Pressure: Medium
Note: It’s always a good idea to use the pressing settings recommended by the manufacturer of your substrates.
Step One: Create Your Hand-Drawn Design
Using the Artesprix markers, draw your design on a piece of plain copy paper (avoid using sublimation paper, as it will dry out the markers quickly). To ensure that your hand drawn design fits on your substrate, it’s a good idea to trace the outline of your substrate in pencil on the copy paper first so you are aware of the surface area that your drawing will cover. You can also create a template of the outline of your substrate in your design software of choice if you plan to make multiple items of the same type. When drawing on the copy paper with the markers, be sure to protect any surfaces or counter tops in case the sublimation marker ink bleeds through.
Keep in mind that when the final product is pressed, the hand-drawn transfer image is mirrored, so any text must be reversed in order for it to be legible. Feel free to experiment with stencils or try your hand at writing backwards! Always remember that the final image will turn out brighter than it appears on paper, so don’t stress if your drawing appears duller on the paper.
Step Two: Fire Up Your Heat Press
Once you’ve finished drawing your artwork, secure the copy paper face down to the polyester or poly-coated substrate using thermal tape. Depending on the type of item you are pressing, the temperature/time/pressure settings may vary – so it’s always best to refer to your substrate packaging or manufacturer recommendations for ideal pressing settings. Generally, you can achieve vibrant sublimation drawings if your heat press is set between 385-400ºF and pressed for 30-45 seconds.
Once pressing is complete, remove your item from the heat press carefully while wearing heat-resistant gloves and pull your copy paper/thermal tape off the substrate.
Step Three: Let Your Item Cool & Enjoy!
Once you’ve removed the thermal tape and paper from your substrate, you’ll notice that your design is much brighter than your original drawing. Let the substrate cool, then enjoy your one-of-a-kind masterpiece!
If your copy paper is still in good condition and your drawing appears to still contain a decent amount of ink, feel free to experiment with pressing your design once more on another blank item. Note that you will get a less-vivid/slightly distressed transfer image this way, but sometimes that look is what you’re going for – and you didn’t even realize it! We recommend playing around with the double-pressing technique a couple times on items you are comfortable testing with until you have mastered a method that works for you.
To learn more about the Artesprix Permanent Thermal Transfer Markers or to receive a copy of wholesale pricing, give our team a call at (314) 567-7565.