For those who are new to Artesprix Permanent Thermal Heat Transfer Markers, let’s first start with what they are. Basically, this is sublimation ink in a marker, which means you don’t need a printer to create sublimated products. These markers are a great option for preserving children’s artwork, creating a one of a kind craft project and personalizing almost anything that’s polyester or poly coated. If you’re a great free hand artist, these markers would allow you to create original works of sublimated art.
Unlike using a sublimation printer and sublimation ink cartridges, these markers allow art to be drawn on any type of paper and then sublimated on to the polyester garment or poly coated item of choice. The first step is to make your drawing, it can be line art or colored in as you prefer. The next step is to press your drawing onto the item you want to embellish. You can use an iron (making sure not to use steam and have the iron on its highest setting) but the best results will probably come from using a heat press.
One little quirk of the process is that the final product is a mirror image, so any text will need to be reversed in the drawing if it is to come out properly in the completed version of the product. Stencils or light boxes might be helpful for this part of the process.
Once you’ve completed your drawing, secure it to the item you want to sublimate with thermal heat tape. The tape will secure the drawing and ensure it doesn’t move during the transfer process. Heat tape, rather than regular tape, is necessary since sublimation requires a fairly high temperature. Make sure to remove any protective covering on the item you’re sublimating as well.
Place the securely taped blank and drawing under a heat source. For best results, the manufacturer of the markers recommends using a heat press. As stated earlier, the temperature, time and pressure used with the press will vary based on the item being decorated. If using an iron, use the highest heat setting with no steam. You will need to press (hold the iron on the transfer and keep it stationary) for anywhere from one to five minutes. Mugs can also be put in an oven using a mug wrap. Remember that you should never leave a transfer under a heat source unattended.
Once the press is complete, allow your item to cool and carefully remove the transfer. You should now have a unique decorative item or garment customized with your hand drawn artwork. Artesprix Markers come in a 10 pack and include the following colors: yellow, magenta, orange, red, light blue, green, dark blue, purple, brown and black.