Thursday, 11 April 2013

Sea and shoreline (Adventures with Citrasolv)


 I recently discovered the delights of Citrasolv

 And its ability to transform the pages of the National Geographic, from this....



 Into this......


 WOW!!!!

A vague face shape


This one still has a vague boat shape



I have no idea how it works or why, but it dissolves the ink to make beautiful abstract shapes..
I got my Citrasolv through Amazon.I didn't seem to be able to find it locally. It is a natural citrus cleaner which contains large amounts of concentrated orange oil.



You tube has some great tutorials..
I like the Cathy Taylor series.


                                           

 Warning!!! It is a messy business, make sure you wear gloves and have plenty of newspaper to hand. The smell is pretty strong too, so don't like me do it on a freezing cold day because you really need to open all the windows. I  hung out all my national geographic papers on the washing line to dry, I think the neighbours must have thought I had finally flipped. :)


Sea and Shoreline ( Citrasolv collage)

I used the paper as an experiment in this landscape collage. I love the sky like effects the random splodges make. All I added to this were a few faint ink lines.


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30 comments:

  1. i have citrasolv! i must go do this! these images are *wonderful*!

    thank you... : )

    xoxo

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    1. Can't wait to see tour experiments :) x

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  2. i'd never heard of this stuff before but i love the effects it had on those pages-perfect for you as a collager. your landscape piece turned out really well-such an atmospheric sky.

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  3. Those papers are gorgeous!! Who would have thought!!

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  4. oh how wonderful!!!!!!!! :D Lovely textures and wonderful technique!!! Thank you for your visit!!! :D

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  5. I had never heard of this before - what a great technique!

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  6. Sounds fascinating, beautiful results.

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  7. Thanks for including the demo... I wonder if I can source it here in Australia... the effects are wonderful...xx

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  8. Wow! Fantastic results. I love this effect

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  9. Wow these are amazing...I loved the youtube video...I'm now wondering if it works on other magazines and whether I can use some orange cleaner solvent that I already have...I'm going to at least try a few pages...you never know!!

    Awesome pages too! Exciting stuff!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs Giggles

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  10. These are wonderful! Who knew a little orange oil could transform a page in a magazine to such beautiful pieces of artwork?

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  11. Oh wowness..how fabulous..I love all of them..the vague face is stunning and very beautiful! There is a definate feeling of excitement working with this technique..I have never heard of it..so thanks for sharing it..wonderful! All your art is totally gorgeous..mesmerizing and full of energy vibing..love them all!
    Victoria
    Happy PPF

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  12. Great results you got here!

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  13. This is so much fun! I remember I saw something like this before but never tried it, your results are beautiful!

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  14. that stuff is going to the top of my shopping list! thanks for telling us about it -- I love what you did with it! xoxo ♥ aimee

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  15. Quite amazing how it morphs the pages and lets you find other stories to tell in your work. Wonderful collage. Happy PPF

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  16. What an interesting experiment! i love doing things like this and being surprised. Thank you for sharing this. Beautiful... xox

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  17. Thanks for sharing this. The effects are beautiful.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  18. You are so adventurous and adventurous, and produce gorgeous artwork from the most unlikely sources. That last image is amazing and I feel you were thinking of Skye when you made it.
    I found the Brasso to buy, and now just need to find the time and go back to your tutorial to remember how to use it. Will think about the Citrasolve, but the smell may be too much for asthma and small window openings in the (large) windows in the studio.
    You are so generous with your ideas. Thank you.

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  19. that is magical stuff, that Citrasolve...beautiful organic-looking papers...great background starters or just abstracts! make sure you have good ventilation, though! happy PPF!

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  20. That is very clever! Never heard of that before...you made neat images.

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  21. Absolutely wow. How inspiring and suprising idea. Fantastic. your 'Sea and Shoreline' college is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  22. WOW I am blown away by your collage in the end...looove it...I have seen this method before and I wanna try it out too, but what is the pendand here in Germany?? haven´f found it out yet...thank you for remember me :) ♥ Conny
    http://piaromsartjournaling.blogspot.de

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    1. Hi Conny, I found Citrasolv on Amazon, It is a little expensive but one small bottle can do two national geographics, which you can pick up on ebay quite cheaply, that gives you quite a lot of paper to work with.

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  23. This is great! I'm less scared of Citrasolv than Brasso, so I'm really excited to see another way to do this. Your papers are beautiful here.

    Thanks for visiting me via PPF!

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  24. I would love to try this. I have some orange concentrate, which may work as well. Just need the paper/magazines... Love the reaction you pictured of your neighbours! It made me laugh :D

    Happy PPF

    Ilona

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  25. These are absolutely amazing!!! Love it!

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