Friday, November 16, 2012

{michelle & kimberly's artful adventures} citrasolv magic


Citrasolv is simply magic! For some time, I've been reading about this citrus-scented-cleaner-turned-art-supply on other blogs, and I've been dying to try out this National Geographic experiment, and these image transfer techniquesI"m so glad I did!


Actually, I'm so glad we did. My dear friend Michelle and I have been getting together monthly for some time now to try out new art techniques and this is our latest adventure! Michelle shared her gorgeous Citrasolv pages here, and I tried mine out in our collaborative art journal shown above.


It's incredible to me that these dreamy backgrounds result from liberally dousing pages of National Geographic magazine with Citraolv, smushing the pages together, impatiently waiting a few minutes, and then unfurling them to reveal  images magically transformed into mysterious landscapes, moonscapes, seascapes...whatever your artful eye discerns.


I began my art journal with the idea of birch trees. I love their white, peeling, bark and somewhat disheveled air. As I sorted through my pages, I found the perfect starting point for birches in the image shown above. A few dashes, lines, and whorls created with a Pierre Noire Conte pencil turned these vaguely tree-like emulsions into birches with just a few strokes.


An excerpt from the poem, Birches, by Robert Frost and the word birches superimposed on a photo of birch trees are both image transfers on cream Stonehenge paper. The process is so simple:

  • Print out an image using a laser printer or get one made at a copy shop or your local library. Make sure the image is reversed if it includes text.
  • Place the image face down on the desired surface, saturate a cotton ball with Citrasolv and rub it over the paper until all of the image appears. Wait a few seconds, and then burnish the image with the back of a spoon. You may carefully lift the corner to make certain the ink is transferring.
  • Lift the paper and presto, a beautifully imperfect image appears!

I used the same process for a lovely pink bird image via The Graphics Fairy. The image was printed out on a laser printer, though not reversed because I wanted the image to face to the left when I transferred it.



For the finishing touches I used Golden's Yellow Ochre fluid acrylic paint along with a vintage biscuit cutter and a vintage wooden rubber stamp. Derwent Inktense pencils, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and a couple of stamps from my stash made the page complete.

I enjoyed our experiment with Citrasolv immensely, but the best part was giggling, chatting, and shrieking with excitement over the result with Michelle! Working on an art project with a friend is so gratifying, and I know I would probably never have gotten around to trying out these methods on my own. If you can collaborate with someone on your next artful adventure, I highly recommend it!

13 comments:

  1. Brilliant process! Gorgeous artwork!! Thanks for sharing this products and all the stages of experimentation!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  2. WHOO HOO!! LOVE how you described our artful adventure!! Can't wait until our next one - I'm loving your birches and that you tried out the Citra Solv transfer with that sweet bird!! FUN!

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  3. Forgot to say I LOVE those old stamps - how cool is that!!

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  4. Still haven't tried this technique but now you really have me inspired. And it IS all the more fun to art play with a friend!Your page turned out beautifully.Happy PPF and AJED!

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  5. Just beautiful. I've been wanting to try something like this, but just haven't gotten around to it. you did a wonderful job!! I love anything birdie!

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  6. Waht lovely work! Well done. Happy PPF!

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  7. Wow, how awesome! Great experimenting with beautiful results, just so extraordinary! Thank you for sharing and happy PPF!

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  8. Lovely outcome and shows what fun you had with this new to me product. HPPF!

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  9. i always have fun playing with Michelle too! we need to get together again!
    your new technique is very cool! i love it when you don't know how something will turn out, and then it exceeds what you hoped! how fun is that?!

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  10. Your transfer images are beautiful, Great 'top tip' I hope they sell citra Solv in Australia, I would love to try this out, thanks for sharing:)

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  11. Great to follow it's progress with you and I really like the end result. Great textures.

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  12. These are just marvelous. I have been reading about this for ages too, but never have gotten around to trying it. I think I am inspired now.

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  13. I love these! I haven't done that for a while--may need to pull out my Citrasolv!

    I'm having a giveaway over at Art in the Garage to celebrate my 1000th post--hope you can stop by and leave a comment!

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