“Harlequin Tree”

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Awhile back, I shared with you a technique using Citra Solv concentrated cleaner to alter National Geographic pages, but with a twist… first embossing a stencil design on the page, and then treating with Citra Solv.  Sometimes the technique results in a muddled mess, other times in gorgeous papers like this double page spread with diamond shaped designs.

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A closer look:

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Sometimes I am so happy with the papers I just have to look at them for awhile… but the time had come to use these lovely pages.

First, I collaged, painted, and stenciled, and stamped a background on a wood panel. (and yes, the dots were made with bubble wrap!)


The bottom border of diagonals was already on the panel that I was upcycling, so I just added some more along the top.

Then, I cut the tree out of my beautiful papers and mounted it to the board.  I usually don’t draw out my trees, just take a pair of scissors and start cutting.  It does take a bit of concentration to keep track of where the branches are headed!

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To this I added leaves cut out of a magazine page full of fall foliage.  I like the color that the fall trees gave my leaves.


I added some shading and dimension both with acrylic paint, and my beloved Derwent Inktense pencils.  Finally, I called it complete!


If you want to read more about how I created these papers, go to this blog post.

Happy creating!

0 Responses

  1. love your tree! Another medium to explore…citra solv cleaner.

    • Thank you! Look for Citra Solv CONCENTRATED cleaner at health food stores, art stores, or online at Amazon, Dick Blicks, etc. But watch out…you will be hooked! It is so fun!

  2. That paper you created was perfect for a tree. Great collage.

  3. Nancylee

    Do u know of someone that sells Christian themed stamps and stencils?

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