Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Citra-solv

Using Citra-solv with National Geographic pages is a great technique for making collage papers. Paint Citra-solv to one side only of a National Geographic double-page spread, place the "wet" side face down on the the other page & rub the back a little. Use a heat gun to dry the back of the wet page and pages are ready in a minute or so. Peel the pages apart before they stick.

In the UK Citra-solv can be bought online from 21st Century Health - I get the large 32oz bottle, expensive but works out more economical in the long run.

http://www.21stcenturyhealth.co.uk/productdetail.asp?category=&prodid=30

National Geographic pages work the best because of the ink that is used in the printing process - possibly a base of gold?











6 comments:

  1. Great Work! Can't wait to try this Citra Solv tecnique.

    Amanda.

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  2. Thanks for the detailed instructions on how to make artistic background pages with Citra Solv. Now if I could find some place to buy the product. I live in the state of Washington in a medium sized town and we are the LAST ones to get new products, it seems! I enjoyed looking at your art work. I usually work with oriental stamp art cards and can see that this would make some great background paper.

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  3. Citra Solv has been around for ages and you can buy it online. The November/December 2009 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors has an article on using the product. I have written a letter to the magazine about using Citra Solv and they may be publishing soon!

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  4. ....it has encouraged me to have a go...must get hold of some Citra Solv. I love the effect !

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  5. I heard that it is the images printed with "soy ink" that accept the Citra Solv. Just a thought. Quick question, do you treat the pages before collaging to make them archival??

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  6. I use acrylic matte medium but Golden Archival Varnish may be better. Haven't heard of soy ink... will Google to find out more.

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