Friday, July 29, 2011

Messy but fun

Today I finally did a crafting thing I had been meaning to try.  It involves National Geographic magazines, Citra Solv cleaner and a LOT of news papers.
 Citra Solv is available on the web (Amazon) and at many art supply places.  Also at Jerry's Artarama, if you are lucky enough to have one near by.  And at places like Health Food Stores.  It is non toxic but have to say you will probably want to do this outside if you can or in a really well ventilated room. The odor can be a bit overwhelming.  The nice thing is, if you decide you don't want to use this to make paper, you follow the directions on the bottle and it makes a great cleaning item.  Just add to a spray bottle with water and all the messes come up easily.  Who would have thought.
Since artists have discovered the product the Citra Solve web site has featured a lot of information on the "art" side of the product as well as it's original use.

There are a number of places on the web where you can find directions and see videos about making the Citra Solv papers and I will list them at the end.  I had been trying to find Citra Solv locally and finally located it at a nearby Health Food Store.   I had bought a few older (1990s) National Geographics at the flea market this past Wednesday.  And I had plenty of old newspapers............. SO... here goes...........

I won't show how it's done since there are many places to learn how on line... see my list below....
But.... here are some of the pages I did.  I think they will be wonderful background pages for a journal.  One guy said he used them for a cover for a book, to wrap little packages and to make pictures.  I think anywhere you can use interesting paper you can use them.

I have learned in doing this to be patient. Some of the best pages were ones that I let sit for awhile..
You cover the pages with the citra solve, close the magazine, maybe squash down a bit on the magazine and then let sit, at least 20 minutes.  Careful pull the pages apart.  If you don't like what you see add a bit more CS and wait again.

But don't forget it you really don't like the results, toss them so they don't bother you.............

The  following three pictures are pages I created using this method.  If you like to make a mess while you do a project this one is for you.  You can click on a picture to see it larger.  This is just the beginning for me.  I want to try other techniques on the pages.

CitraSolv Links:
 1. A Tutorial:
2. Citra Solve Website
3.  Stampington and Company

If you google for Citra Solv art sites you will find a LOT more. Also go to YOUTUBE and check on citrasolv, there are a LOT more.

 This is such an amazing process it is no wonder folks are doing it and writing about it.

I seem to be a little late getting on to the bandwagon but better now than never.................


Michelle LaPoint Rydell said...

Wow your pages turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing this cool technique!

Anonymous said...

I hopped over from the FTB yahoo group to peek at your pages! I can see why the art community added a cleaning supply to their bag of tricks! Really fun!

Sandra from Sydney said...

What great pages you ended up with Beth. I can see lots of possible uses for those - and lots of fun making them. Thanks for giving the 'heads up' about citra solve. I've never heard of it before. Yep, another thing to add to my list of 'must try' things.....