Hi cool crafters! Mahe Zehra here! As many of you know, I have a blog at www.alteredupcycling.com and I love making beautiful papers out of what some people might call trash. This is why when I first came across this art technique I couldn’t wait to try it. The geeky scientist in me was so very intrigued to see how chemistry led to art.
Citra-Solv is a natural degreaser/cleaner and it reacts beautifully with old National Geographic magazines. It works best with National Geographic since the inks used in printing the magazine react with the elements used to make Citra Solv. The technique is very simple. Follow the steps below to make your own art prints!
1. Get some old National Geographic magazines from your thrift store/old book store. The older the better.
2. Citra Solv is a natural cleaner that is found in some grocery stores. If you can’t find it locally you can order it online and it comes in many different sizes.
3. Gather your magazines and Citra Solv, a small dish and a foam brush. Pour some Citra Solv into the dish.
4. Use the brush to ‘paint’ the pages of your choice in Citra Solv. Go for pages heavy with imagery.
5. Go through the entire magazine in this way, shut it, and let it ‘cook’ for 10 minutes.
6. You can open up some pages to see what the prints look like. If you think they aren’t done, let the magazine dry for another 5 minutes.
7. I just hang the pages up with clothespins to dry.
Here are a few of the prints I made. Each and every time I try this technique it turns out different. I love using these pages in mixed media art, art journal layouts and even cards. What will you do with yours?
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