With Artesprix sublimation heat transfer markers, you can now add personal touches to apparel and everyday items such as mugs, bags, or almost anything else that is made out of, or coated with, polyester. Just draw with the markers on plain paper and heat transfer the design onto the substrate to make personalized products and gifts.
Artesprix markers come in a pack of 10 popular colors including yellow, magenta, orange, red, light blue, green, dark blue, purple, brown and black. The markers have a chiseled tip with a 1-4mm nib and an ergonomic grip.
See the "Application" tab for instructions, frequently asked questions and safety information.
Directions for Use
- Use the markers to create your artwork on plain paper. The final product is a mirror image so any text must be reversed (a stencil may be helpful). The final transferred image will appear brighter than it does on paper. Note: Be sure to protect your drawing surfaces from marker ink bleed by placing additional sheet(s) of paper underneath the original.
- Secure your design face down to the item you want to transfer to using thermal tape. Be sure to remove any protective film from the blank prior to transfer. Please note that the intended substrate MUST be made out of, or coated with, polyester. Sublimation ink will not adhere to cotton, cotton blends or other non-polyester fabrics.
- Place the secured item under heat while adding firm pressure according to the recommended settings provided with the blank.
- Allow item to cool before handling.
- Gently remove the transfer tape and paper from the item to reveal your unique vivid design.
- Every item you sublimate images onto may require different time and/or temperature settings. For best results, refer to transfer instructions given with the chosen blank.
- Temperatures may range between 350-400F, and transfer times may vary between 1-7 minutes.
- For best results use a heat press. 20 psi, 350-400F for 45-300 seconds (varies according to material)
- If using an iron use the highest setting with NO steam. Press firmly with the iron while moving iron slowly for 1-5 min. Do not leave your iron unattended.
- Oven: (For ceramics only). Be sure to secure image with a mug wrap. Do not leave oven unattended.
Cricut Heat Press Instructions
Use Press Mat Under Item
Place your material on the Cricut mat, secure your drawing face down with
back of paper against the Cricut EasyPress
Sit the Cricut EasyPress on for the allotted time. No additional pressure necessary.
Mouse Pad, Coaster (Fabric w/ Rubber Backing)
Thin Metal (Photo, Bracelet, etc)
Koozie (Fabric w/ Foam Backing)
Wood (Coated for Sublimation)
T Shirt (Thin Weight)
Jersey (Medium/Heavy Weight)
Thick Plastic (Tags, Plaques)
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do they last?
Each marker color has been tested and if you were to draw a straight line with one marker, you could draw for 1300 feet.
What is the transfer time?
It is going to vary depending on the product. See the diagram above for some standard time & temperature suggestions.
What kind of materials can I transfer onto?
For fabric materials, check the label. Make sure it is polyester. Some polyester/cotton blends will work, but 100% polyester is best.
If you are interested in other materials such as mugs, picture frames, or phone cases, purchase polyester coated materials that are designated for sublimation.
Why does the color look different on the page than on the marker end cap?
The magic is in the marker! Although the colors will appear duller on your paper, once you apply heat the colors will come to vibrant life on your substrate.
Can you use the transfer more than once?
Yes! The initial transfer will be bold, and each subsequent transfer will be lighter. You can adjust your time and pressure to get 2-3 transfers out of each drawing.
What type of paper do I use?
Plain copy paper is all you need for these! No special paper, just the markers and heat. Use a coloring book, just remember the black lines from the book aren’t going to transfer. Note: If you try to use transfer paper, your marker tips may dry up faster than anticipated due to the chemicals in the transfer paper.
Can you draw directly onto the item?
Fabric: it’s not recommended but you can, the image will bleed and not be as crisp or bold. Also, the residual ink will potentially bleed onto other fabrics when washed.
Ceramics: as these are water based, we don’t recommend writing directly onto ceramics.
How do I write in reverse?
Because this is transferred face down, on most items, you need to write in reverse. We understand this is difficult to do for most of us, so use a pencil or a sharpie to write on the back side of your paper, then flip the paper and trace your letters with the Artesprix markers. You can also use stencils with the markers for lettering or print your coloring sheet mirrored.
Artesprix Safety Information
- Requires heat for transfer, use caution
- Choking Hazard – Small Parts. Not intended for children under 3 years.
- Not Toxic Acute
- Not a Skin Irritant
- Not an Eye Irritant
- Not Corrosive
- Not a Strong Sensitizer
- Not Toxic Chronic
- Conforms to ASTM D-4236