I can’t remember when and how I came across Citra Solv – probably looking for inspirational altered journals.
Citra Solv is an organic cleaning concentrate which is not only great for removing stains – it reacts with the ink of certain magazines (National Geographic and GEO), leading to surprising abstract results. There are many artists who work with Citra Solv, and from small cards (ACEOs and ATCs) up to large works of art on canvas, everything is possible.
My pinspiration is a whole pinboard this time: This is it. So much inspiration in one place, I couldn’t resist – I had to order some Citra Solv and give it a try.
Please note: Only work in a well ventilated area. The smell is very intense, and even though it smells like oranges, it can cause headaches. I was allowed to work in my parents’ guest room, so nobody would be disturbed.
As you can see, it’s really simple. As soon as the papers have dried, take a close look at them. Some are boring (it can help to crunch and water them again), others are fascinating. Look how my papers turned out:
Now I still need to figure out what to do with them. Collages? Altered Journal? Use them as a canvas? I’ll probably give all of these options a try, stay tuned 😉