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February '19

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42 • A&E FEBRUARY 2019 EASY TO USE The sublimation markers are easy to use. Start by creating your artwork on plain paper. Any lines drawn not using transfer markers will not transfer. If a col- oring book is used, the black lines will not transfer onto the substrate; however, you can trace the black lines for your outline that will sublimate. Let's get started with a printed butterfly from a Sawgrass printer as a project example. Secure your design face down to the sub- strate you want to transfer to using thermal tape. Remove any protective film from the blank before transferring your image. Place the design and substrate on your heat press using the manufacturer's recom- mended time, temperature, and pressure settings. Typically, the settings are 20 to 60 PSI at 380 to 400 F for 45 seconds up to 300 seconds. When using an iron, use the cotton setting with no steam and keep the iron moving for 1 to 5 minutes. For ovens for ceramics, only use a mug wrap and bake for 5 to 7 minutes at 350 F. Allow your work to cool before han- dling, and be sure to wear heat-resistant gloves if taking out of an oven or heat press. Remove the tape and paper from the item to reveal your vibrant design! Your final product will be a mirrored/ reverse image of the original, so any text must be reversed before being transferred. Consider using a stencil or writing the text on the back of your paper and then trace it onto the front, or if you're feeling crafty, try writing backward. When creating your image on the paper, there is a possibility of the ink bleeding so be careful to protect the surrounding areas. The final transferred image will appear brighter than it does on paper. Don't be concerned with how it looks on the paper; once heat is applied, the colors become more vibrant. SILHOUETTE CAMEO OR CRICUT If you want to take it to the next level, try using it with a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Air machine. The benefit of using the Silhouette Studio software with the markers is it allows you to reverse your image, making it easier to achieve writing a text or a person's name. It can also create a perfect outline for you so the only thing left is to color it in with the markers. Silhouette Pen Holder The Pen Holder includes a main body, a cap (for precise pen tip placement), and three adapters for various pen body sizes (small, medium, and large). The Pen Holder is compatible with a range of smaller pens (such as standard-shaped pens) up to a basic-sized felt-tip pen type (such as an Artesprix marker). The following steps can be taken to use the Artesprix markers with the pen holder: 1. Place the needed pen holder adapter (large/gray) into the Pen Holder body, which is the long white piece. Also drawn by Amy O'Hanlon, you can see the image before it is pressed on the notebook (above) as well as after (below). IMAGE COURTESY ELAINE O'HANLON Secure your design face down to the substrate you want to transfer to using thermal tape. IMAGE COURTESY CHERYL KUCHEK When using an iron, use the cotton setting with no steam and keep the iron moving for 1 to 5 minutes. IMAGE COURTESY CHERYL KUCHEK Transfer times and temperatures will vary with the substrate. IMAGE COURTESY CHERYL KUCHEK

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