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Repurposing White Clothes

Besides the fact that repurposing your clothes is environmentally friendly, it's also satisfying of creating something you love to wear. I usually place them into a "painting" pile. I have always been environmentally friendly conscious but lately my pile has been increasing. I have patched the stain before and I even allow my kiddos to use the fabric to make "art" (if you can call it that, it's a nice way of calling it as they shred the fabric with scissors and make a mess). I usually get small stains on my WHITE clothes and it really bothers me because: 1) it's super noticeable. 2) I can't even say "Oh, I have kids" because my little one would probably catch me in that lie. 3) I should've known better and should've wore an apron. I do most of the time and even if I did I'm sure it would've landed somewhere outside of the apron.

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- Artesprix black pen marker

-Copy Paper (printing regular paper)

-Artesprix acrylic paint

-Heat Tape (available on artesprix)

-Productive Project Mat (available on artesprix)

-Iron (Cricut or genetic brand at Amazon)

-Protective heat paper (available on artesprix)

Anyways, I decided I would create a pattern to cover the stain and include it as part of the artwork. I used artesprix black "fine" point marker and drew my kiddos (my daughter and two pups). Then I trace what I drew onto another piece of paper (to keep it consistent). So I drew a pattern, so 3 of the same drawings. I have found that you can reuse the paper with the art work, but the more you use the same artwork ( one drawing) so ironing the same art pieces but onto a different spot, the lighter it gets. Basically heat transfers the ink onto the fabric. So the artwork gets lighter and so does the transfer. Easier to make three of each (as shown in the first picture). Then use heat tape to place the artwork down and won't move when you add heat. There is also protective heat paper that goes on top of the artwork to product the shirt from discoloring. I don't use it (honestly because it's an additional step) and this shirt will end up being a paint shirt, but recommend it if you are making a gift.

Step-by-Step Tutorial:

1. Draw out your design in sublimation marker and/or paint it. I used both. I did two separate art designs in two separate copy-paper.

2. Cutout the paper and place the paper facing down. Use heat tape to hold your art design in place. I did this in two steps, but I'm sure you can draw ( with your sublimation black marker) on your the sublimation paint. I ironed the paint copy paper first (medium heat temperature for 2-3 minutes. This will depend on your iron) face down. Check the edge to make sure the ink transferred. Then remove the paint copy paper and repeat the steps for the line-art copy paper.

3. Cut out the line-art copy paper, place the line-art copy paper facing down (so the ink on the shirt), use heat tape to keep it in place, then iron it on. Check the edge to make sure the ink transferred before removing the entire line-art copy paper.

5. I used the same paint copy paper and line-art copy paper from the shirt to transfer it onto a bag. So I was able to iron the same art copy paper twice because the paint comes out very vibrant!

The concept is to upcycle your clothing into something you are going to love!

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