Pinspiration #3: Citra Solv

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 😉

Anke as a child 2

Analog goes digital: All my childhood photos are classic paper prints, meticulously sorted in big photo albums and slowly fading because “acid free” did have no meaning back then.
The albums were made by my mom who gave them to me when I moved away from home. She has no digital copies, of course, so I made a scrapbook for her with the best and most memorable photos. I made it digitally and had it printed as a photo book, and she loved to receive it as a Christmas gift some years ago.

Freebie: 10 HiRes Fabric Patterns

Finally a new freebie! It’s for anyone who needs fabric textures, be it for scrapbooking or as an overlay in Photoshop. If you use it in your creations, please let me know in the comments 😀

The fabric samples are not simply re-colored, they are all individually scanned.

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Commercial use is okay, you may create works which are then sold. Just do not sell the original files. Please read the creative commons licence:

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10 Fabric Texture Freebies by Anke Arnold is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

If those ten patterns are not enough, you can get an additional set as a Facebook Fan Freebie on Facebook. It’s only available until the middle of August!:fabricfreebie_fb