I love using “CitraSolv paper” as I call it, in my mixed media collages, but found I had about wiped out my stash! Time for a CitraSolv party! I gathered my supplies:
CitraSolv Concentrated Cleaner
National Geographic magazines (I like to use 2000 or newer)
clothesline and clothespins
That’s it! Though this time I added alcohol inks in spray bottles to play around with some added colors.
After spraying several pages generously with the CitraSolv, I closed the National Geographic magazines and let them sit for awhile – maybe 5 minutes or so. On the pages I played with the ink, I alternated between spraying it on with the CitraSolv, or spraying it later onto the still wet pages. When I opened the pages, they were a wet, wrinkly mess of beautiful inky designs. WARNING: your hands will end up a MESS, so if you don’t want to have black fingernails the next few days you might want to add gloves to your supply list.
I carefully tear each page out of the magazine and promptly hang it on the clothesline I put up. I really like doing this outside, or on a screened porch both because of the mess, and because the ever present Kansas breeze helps dry the pages quickly, making room on the line for more!
Once completely dry, I pull them off the line and end up with a nice stack of pretty and unique papers. Before I work with them, I will spray with a workable fixative to keep them from getting smudgy.
Now I am ready for creating!
For more on CitraSolv as an art medium:
Cathy Taylor’s instructional video
CitraSolv Artist Site
To view my art on the CitraSolv Artist Site
And, for my Somerset Studio magazine article on using CitraSolv