Citra Solv Special Effects

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Citra Circles watermark

Today I want to share a technique using Citra Solv concentrated cleaner, National Geographic pages, and stencils to make beautiful artwork.  In previous posts, I have described using Citra Solv and stencils on already altered pages. Now, I am going to tell you about a new twist on that technique.

The first step is to cover a canvas with torn strips and pieces of unaltered National Geographic magazine pages. Yes, they do have to be from a National Geographic because of the process they use to print their beautiful images.  I like to follow a color scheme a bit, like colorful, or browns, or blues and greens…. Be very careful to not get the adhesive on the front side of the paper, as it will make it difficult for the Citra Solv to do its magic.

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Next, spray the entire surface liberally with Citra Solv, then cover with plastic wrap.


After it has sat for awhile (I suggest 5 to 30 minutes), give it all a vigorous rub and peel off the plastic wrap.  Lay a stencil on the “softened” surface and use a paper towel moistened with Citra Solv to rub away the ink through the stencil.


Pull away the stencil and check out the beautiful results!  I love to use these as a starting point for my artwork.

literature watermark   birds at midnight watermark

For more Citra Art, check out the Citra Solv Artist’s website.

I used Crafter’s Workshop Stencils, but any with a fairly large pattern will do.

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  1. This is wonderful and your artwork is amazing! I’m definitely going to try this! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  2. Kathy Hunter

    I wish that I could clone your artist’s mind! So creative, you are! And, a marvelous sharer. Thank you, Kayann.

  3. I had to hustle out before I got to tell you how much I enjoyed your spice boys. Love them, and so glad you shared them with the group! Inspires me to pull out some of my assemblage projects!

  4. thank you for sharing your process. your art is fabulous. how i wish i could come and see you in action!

  5. Thank you for sharing…. !!!

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