Friday, August 27, 2010

Fun with CitraSolv

New video on YouTube about creating really cool papers with Citrasolve and a National Geographic. I think that there is something special about the paper and ink in Nat Geo, but am not completely sure.

Here is another YouTube vid by LindaLunarDesigns. There are a couple of other vids over there as well and information on the CitraSolv website. Cathy Taylor had an article in Cloth Paper Scissors about the process a few months ago. My copy is, sadly, missing. If anyone has it, let me know so I can share the Issue No.
Pretty cool results. I've already begun to use the papers in collage work and have put some aside for art journaling. Also, it took up some carpet tape that I've been trying to get removed for a few years now. I love multi-taskers, don't you?

My son loved this piece (below) so much that he's taking it back to college. I just double-stick taped it to some cardboard.

Anyway, the rumor is that Dick Blick will be carrying it soon.
Enjoy your weekend everyone!
UPDATE *8/29* Reader, Mary Dean, pointed out that she was using the CitraSolv spray (which is not the concentrated form). This technique only works with the concentrated regular old CitraSolv. Also, she reports that this technique works on new Nat Geo's as well as old ones. thanks for the research Mary Dean! The Nat Geos I used were from 2001 and 2009. I'd go ahead and try with other mags too with large pictures.

14 comments:

spooky said...

That is so neat! I'm going to have to track that stuff down. Thanks for the demo.

Dale Anne Potter said...

DANG - I wish there was a store around here that sold Citra Solv....!!
GREAT tutorial Diana!

joyfulploys said...

Hi Diane...thanks for doing that video. I haven't tried it yet, you made it look easy. Does this work on other magazine?
Jerry's Artarama carries Citra Solv.
http://search.jerrysartarama.com
Mary

giddy up said...

I read that article Cathy Taylor wrote in the January/February 2010 Cloth Paper Scissors issue....

*jean* said...

cool! thanks for sharing the technique! i have loads of natl geos, they are my favorite mag...

Mary Dean said...

Hi Diana,

I've been wanting to try this out, and I just did. But, nothing happened! Then I remembered that I had read in CPS magazine, that the National Geographics need to be the older variety. Not sure what year, but mine were 2009. Does anyone know how far I need to go back to get the ones that work?

Dora said...

I just purchased your DVD and I really liked it. You made it all seem doable. Now, I can't wait to try out some of the techniques. Thanks for a good one.

Deborah A. Dugan said...

Wow, that's really great! Now I'm sorry I cleaned the cellar and got rid of all those Nat Geos! I wonder if I can track some down in a thrift store or something... Thanks so much for sharing!

Mary Dean said...

Update: Ok, I read a bit on the internet, and realized I didn't have the CONCENTRATED version. I had used the spray. I went out and got the concentrated Citrasolve (not to be deterred...lol) and it did work! Even on my 2009 NGs. So, just be sure you get the correct version of the Citrasolve. Also, it seems to work better if you put it on a set of pages and press them together. Even though you can see some changes and the ink runs, there's something about pressing the pages together after both are coated in the Citrasolve. Hope this helps y'all. :) Thanks again, Diana!

iHanna said...

The pages are so yummy and cool, thanks for sharing this video and your research! I wish I knew a product here in sweden that was like this, but maybe I'll get at amazon as you mentioned. thanks!

iHanna said...

oh, and did you see their site? http://www.citra-solv.com/newcitraartist/index.html

Did you try doing a transfer with that stuff? looks like you can have lots of fun with it! :-)

Elizabeth said...

I agree with your son!! that canyon piece is stunning!! I ahve had trouble journaling over my pages- the ink of all of the pens tried does not take to it very well. What am I doing wrong???? Not letting it eveaporate enough, perhaps????

Merrie Jo said...

Thanks for the great video. I have a large bottle of Citra Solv so I'm off to the greenhouse to experiment!!

*jean* said...

thank you so much for the video on citra solv...i tried it and it was great fun...i really appreciate the info!!!

jean