Do you make cards or scrapbook? Do you do collage or art journaling? Do you wrap packages or just like making a mess that surprises? If yes to any of these, you need to know about Citrasolv. Citrasolv is a solvent that will dissolve certain inks and make wonderfully subtle patterns out of magazine pictures, not just any magazine, but a National Geographic magazine is what you really want to use. Not even a new one, but the older style. They have changed the clay based paper ones for a cheaper printing cost.
Well, I didn’t have A National Geographic magazine, or at least, I couldn’t find the one that my son-in-law had given me, so I just grabbed what was around. I used some calendars, magazine covers,
some slick dark magazine ads, even some of that day’s junk mail.
First, I used Citrasolv on a few pages and I tested it right away. See the fingerpainting on this particular calendar print. Once I saw that it would dissolve this ink, I began to play. I just put it on everything I had and waited to see what would happen.
I wasn’t sure anything was happening so I used my fingers to smear around on this W Magazine. I thought it looked like really cool finger paint.
Note: My manicurist always says to wear rubber gloves when you paint like this. I didn’t. Had to scrub hands for a long time. Suggestion: wear gloves.
Second, after smearing the Citrasolv over the various papers, I stacked them and smushed them, and rubbed them around a bit. If the ink wasn’t dissolving, I just trashed the page. (The orange smell was nice.)
Then, even better, I peeled them apart and got these fabulous effects as seen above.
Finally, I saw that I had some neat blends and effects, sort of like marbleized paper, only easier to make. Hmmmm, I can use these in bookmaking.
Anyway, I took the papers out on my porch to dry overnight. Once dry they are ready to use.
I am going to explore what will write and paint on them. I do know that alcohol inks work well, and many scrapbookers use those. They also do well as a collage base. I would even use the purple one for the front of a card without doing anything else to it.
Now, grab a friend or relative and try this. The only hard thing is to find the Citrasolv Concentrate. I looked and looked in cleaner sections, even the auto parts store. I could find the spray, but knew I needed the Concentrate. Finally, I ordered it from Amazon.com.
Next day I walked into Binders and it was sitting on a shelf. Try your local art supply store.
Dang, this always happens. So it stands to reason if I buy an old National Geographic, the one I have will show up. Well, that’s a story for another day.
Great reference video is here. Cathy Taylor does a great job. There are 5 parts to this series to show you other ways to play with this.