Sulky Transfer Pens for Painting Owl Designs on Tee Shirts

Calling all owls for little ones' tee shirts!
Calling all owls for little ones' tee shirts! | Source

Using Sulky Iron-On Transfer Pens to Paint Owls on 4 Tee Shirts


If you have seen much of my work you know that painting tee shirts for grandchildren is one of my favorite reasons to create something new. Designing vignettes for each of their personalities is great fun. Now that I’ve found the Sulky Iron On Transfer Pens these projects will be easier to produce.

When I created my first designs for grandchildren to wear I was not a member of HubPages, so I haven’t written about all of them, but discovering this new-to-me product is causing fresh designs to roll around my head. Even if the kiddos only wear them as sleep shirts it is a way to give them a little extra hug.


Sulky Iron On Transfer Pens have permanent ink and can be used many times over.
Sulky Iron On Transfer Pens have permanent ink and can be used many times over. | Source

Comparing Previous Products Used for Design Transfer


When I started my latest tee shirt projects I was not sure how well the new product would work, but it proved to be no-fail. I’ve used several products and methods in the past, but I find that the Sulky Transfer Pens are so easy to use that I’ll never have to worry about how best to complete shirt projects again.

A red transfer pencil from Dritz worked only about half the time on colored tee shirts. Transfer papers did not work well enough. “Homemade” processes were a no go on anything but simple patterns on white tee shirts. With all of these methods I had the frustrating experience of retrying and redoing many of my attempts to transfer designs.

These transfer pens did such a good job that I am looking forward to planning more tee shirt designs for my little ones very soon. Since the product comes in a variety of colors I want to experiment with layering/mixing them to see if I can create custom colors before I make definite decisions about new projects.


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Owls are always popular, don't you think?  :)Sulky helped me produce the iron-on  transfer design that I painted for our 5-year-old grandson.Painted tee shirt created from an iron-on transfer for our 3-year-old granddaughter.Painted tee shirt for our 2-year-old granddaughter.Our 18-month-old baby granddaughter's painted tee shirt.
Owls are always popular, don't you think?  :)
Owls are always popular, don't you think? :) | Source
Sulky helped me produce the iron-on  transfer design that I painted for our 5-year-old grandson.
Sulky helped me produce the iron-on transfer design that I painted for our 5-year-old grandson. | Source
Painted tee shirt created from an iron-on transfer for our 3-year-old granddaughter.
Painted tee shirt created from an iron-on transfer for our 3-year-old granddaughter. | Source
Painted tee shirt for our 2-year-old granddaughter.
Painted tee shirt for our 2-year-old granddaughter. | Source
Our 18-month-old baby granddaughter's painted tee shirt.
Our 18-month-old baby granddaughter's painted tee shirt. | Source

Sulky Transfer Pens do a Great Job!


Because owls are so popular right now I chose to draw them rather than turkeys this fall, but without the Sulky Transfer Pens I would have had trouble achieving the effects that I wanted to create. I wanted to transfer smaller detail than I had been able to get in the past.

Going into the projects I did some research to find a design transfer product that would do the job for my drawings. Since there is not a lot of competition in the market for transfer products it did not take me long to find this option.

Once I decided to try the Sulky pens I could not find them in my area. Viva online shopping! The decision about who to order them from was based on two factors. How quickly they could arrive and which company had the best bargain at the time.

A multi-pack was the way to get the best deal no matter who I ordered from. Most sellers are willing to ship fast, and indeed, my Sulky product arrived within a few days. Costs varied, but I purchased a pack of basic colors for $26.73 (set of 8), or $3.35 per pen.

Available in a variety of colors, they did an excellent job the first time I used them on darker colors. They allowed me to transfer more intricate designs than I’ve previously been able to copy. Now that I know how well they work I’m extra glad for the bargain multi-pack because I will have the variety on hand for future projects.

An important feature of the product to keep in mind is that transfers you create can be used many times over. The ink is permanent and the designs do not have to be discarded after one use. Sulky's pens make projects easy--quickly create shirts for birthday parties, family reunions, and other events!


Note:

The photos below explain the method I used in more detail, but remember, the Sulky transfer pens make painting tee shirts very easy. Feel free to use them, but don't let my details distract you from designing and creating your own projects!

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After drawing a design I cut it out and used double-sided tape to add it to a printed text page.I enhanced the lines of the design's  photograph once it was downloaded to the computer.I then reversed the design so the text would read correctly when I ironed it onto the tee shirt per manufacturer's instructions.The small sizes I needed for toddler tees allowed me to place and print two designs on one 8.5x11" paper. Once they were printed I drew over them with a Sulky Pen and cut them apart, making two transfer sheets.The design was easy to iron on, working beautifully the first time.  Once all of the designs were applied to the tee shirts it was time to have fun painting them.  A black permanent marker was used to add a few highlights after the paint dried.Four children's tee shirts were easy to paint thanks to Sulky's Iron On Transfer Pens!Owl you ready for fall?Sulky Transfers Pens can be used to iron-on designs that you draw, making painting them easy work.
After drawing a design I cut it out and used double-sided tape to add it to a printed text page.
After drawing a design I cut it out and used double-sided tape to add it to a printed text page. | Source
I enhanced the lines of the design's  photograph once it was downloaded to the computer.
I enhanced the lines of the design's photograph once it was downloaded to the computer. | Source
I then reversed the design so the text would read correctly when I ironed it onto the tee shirt per manufacturer's instructions.
I then reversed the design so the text would read correctly when I ironed it onto the tee shirt per manufacturer's instructions. | Source
The small sizes I needed for toddler tees allowed me to place and print two designs on one 8.5x11" paper. Once they were printed I drew over them with a Sulky Pen and cut them apart, making two transfer sheets.
The small sizes I needed for toddler tees allowed me to place and print two designs on one 8.5x11" paper. Once they were printed I drew over them with a Sulky Pen and cut them apart, making two transfer sheets. | Source
The design was easy to iron on, working beautifully the first time.  Once all of the designs were applied to the tee shirts it was time to have fun painting them.  A black permanent marker was used to add a few highlights after the paint dried.
The design was easy to iron on, working beautifully the first time. Once all of the designs were applied to the tee shirts it was time to have fun painting them. A black permanent marker was used to add a few highlights after the paint dried. | Source
Four children's tee shirts were easy to paint thanks to Sulky's Iron On Transfer Pens!
Four children's tee shirts were easy to paint thanks to Sulky's Iron On Transfer Pens! | Source
Owl you ready for fall?
Owl you ready for fall? | Source
Sulky Transfers Pens can be used to iron-on designs that you draw, making painting them easy work.
Sulky Transfers Pens can be used to iron-on designs that you draw, making painting them easy work. | Source
5 out of 5 stars from 3 ratings of Sulky Iron On Transfer Pens

How to Design and Paint 4 Fall Tee Shirts


My latest tee shirts are 4 fall designs done in a child’s size 4, and toddler’s sizes 3T, 2T, and 18MO, with the brother/sister set in orange and the sisters’ set in the olive green.


Supplies Needed


• 4 Tee Shirts

• Double Sided Tape

• Computer, printer, and white paper were used for these designs, but are not absolutely necessary in order to use this transfer product.

• Sulky Iron On Transfer Pens

• Fabric Paints (or Acrylic Craft Paints and Textile Medium)


Directions


• Wash and dry tee shirts according to manufacturer’s instructions.

• Draw your design on paper.

• Take a photo of your drawn design and download it to your computer to resize if needed.

• Choose and print text to the size needed.

• Tape design to text page.

• Take a new photo of the text/design page and download to your computer, then print. *Because I used text in my design I followed Sulky’s simple instructions on reversing the image. See photos for more detail.

• Use a Sulky Transfer Pen to draw over your newly printed design page.

• Iron the design onto the shirts according to Sulky’s package directions.

• Paint the design and heat set according to the instructions on the paint products.

• Smile at how easy your projects were!



It's Easy to use Sulky Transfer Pens

My New Relationship with Sulky Transfer Pens


Now that I’ve used these iron on transfer pens I’m looking forward to getting more experience with them and exploring all of their possibilities. Besides blending the colors, I want to try using these pens in tandem with paint rather than just as an outline for my designs.

As my experiments evolve I hope to share them in future hubs. New ideas are on the horizon and I have Sulky to thank for that delightful thought, so stay tuned for more projects. As well, maybe we'll see some of your transfer designs posted--yes, that's a hint!



Sulky Shows Us How to use Transfer Pens

Check out some of My Previous Tee Shirt Hubs:


You might find earlier hubs on creating hand painted tee shirts useful and/or inspiring. Remember that these works of art can be turned into throw pillows if the child outgrows them before they are worn out.


• Start with 2 hubs on 4th of July T-Shirts for Children: a Brother Sister Set and some Cookie Cutter Stars.


• Take a look at 4 hubs with Valentine's Day T-Shirt Designs: a Brother and Sister, then Big Sister and Baby Sister.


Doodle art opens up a whole new world of options for designs!



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Do you have experience with using the Sulky Transfer Pens for projects? 43 comments

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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Ok, I'm heading to the craft store! This is neat, thank you for sharing this product and idea with us, cute video too!


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

The video is awesome cool. Love this. The sulky transfer pens makes painting on T-shirts sound like fun. Voted up.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey Author

missolive:

Hope you have a grand time creating something special! :)

Thanks much for checking out this product via my hub on Sulky pens, and extra thanks for letting me hear from you on it.

I'll be adding another photo as soon as this hub has undergone its Quality Assessment Process. Can you guess which photo I left out???! Sigh. :)


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey Author

Vellur:

Thanks kindly--the video was fun to do and I'm looking forward to learning more about promotional videos. So appreciate that you let me know that this hub made the project interesting to you! :)


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What a lovely idea for decorating T-shirts! The process looks like great fun, as well as a way to be creative. Thanks for the lovely video and the instructions. The final results look beautiful.


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