Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A time to lose

I was going to work with CitraSolv yesterday during Tea Tuesday, but the wind was so great, I had to abandon that idea when the postcards started blowing around the table, then sailed into the yard.  I have always used turpentine for a similar technique (see this post, or this one, both using turpentine) but my dear friend Halle of Halle's Hobbies sent this bottle to me for my birthday LAST year, and I'm finally getting around to using it.  Incidentally, Halle's is one of those blogs I can't leave comments on, so I am waving hello from my blog.


Today I worked with CitraSolv and postcards.  For some reason, I thought I read somewhere the process, designed specifically for National Geographic magazines because of the paper's clay base, would also work with postcards.  You see what I'm working with above.


It took awhile to remove the protective child proof covering from the CitraSolv, and when I did, I spilled it all over the table.  Even after trying to clean it up using the postcards, nothing happened.  This technique simply wouldn't work with postcards.  But I still had all that CitraSolv swimming around on my table, so it was off to find


a National Geographic magazine.  These old magazines have such awesome advertisements.  I was torn by all these wonderful images I was seeing.  Finally, I decided and


ran my CitraSolv soaked brush around two images I wanted to illustrate.


Although the technique worked, I was truly disappointed with the outcome. 


Even though I had more control over the brush using the CitraSolv instead of turpentine, and the CitraSolv smelled so much better than turpentine, I was truly unhappy with the results.  I'm not sure what I expected, but these pages didn't remind me of turp papers, but rather looked more like a mess.

One thing I will admit is, although many of my blogging friends warn to work with this product outside, I didn't find the odor offensive at all.  In fact, this is a cleaning product, so I can't understand why I couldn't use it inside.  I'll be trying this technique again when it gets cold outside.  That is something I would NEVER EVER do with turpentine, which now makes me nauseous when I smell it.


We're up to Day 7 in AEDM.  Have you made anything lately that didn't turn out as well as you expected?

And even though I have been to most everyone's blog these last few days, I cannot leave comments on any blog with embedded text.  If your comments don't open in a new window or pop-up box, I'm sunk.  It's a BLOGGER thing and I'm ready for it to end!!

11 thoughtful remarks:

Serena Lewis said...

We learn by experimenting and that's half the fun. Well done to you! As for something I've done recently that I wasn't happy with...definitely the magpie I sketched. My heart just wasn't in it and I had some worries on my mind which I believe effected the outcome. As someone told me recently, we can't have great outcomes all of the time.

Btw, re. leaving comments on embedded text blogs....a simple fix that has worked for many with the same problem is as follows - When you first sign in to Blogger, UNCHECK the box that says to leave you signed in. For some odd reason this works.

Have a lovely evening ~ :)

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

It´s cool to be able to see the process, even when it doesn´t work as expected.
One of my pages is kind of bla this week, but I keep going. :D

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Citrasolv is not available here in manila or if it is, I am not aware of it! Elizabeth, you are always up to try something new! I've seen some wonderful results with Citrasolv and I am sure one day, you will like what you get!!! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Marilyn Rock said...

Again; I just love how you jump in and experiment and then share with all of us. I have played with the Citra Solv with Natl. Geographics and have met with success only because someone told me to keep the magazine intact - not to rip out individual pages. Go through the whole magazine and choose the pages you want to treat, close the magazine and then check your pages to see what the result is and if you're happy with. Some clamp the magazine that has been treated with the CS and place it in a box to let the CS drip down the pages and then check it periodically. I also used an old bristle brush - as the foam brush soaks up too much of the CS. I hope this helps but it's been a trial and error thing with me, too.

Thoughts of you always...............Love, Marilyn

Marilyn Rock said...

Again; I just love how you jump in and experiment and then share with all of us. I have played with the Citra Solv with Natl. Geographics and have met with success only because someone told me to keep the magazine intact - not to rip out individual pages. Go through the whole magazine and choose the pages you want to treat, close the magazine and then check your pages to see what the result is and if you're happy with. Some clamp the magazine that has been treated with the CS and place it in a box to let the CS drip down the pages and then check it periodically. I also used an old bristle brush - as the foam brush soaks up too much of the CS. I hope this helps but it's been a trial and error thing with me, too.

Thoughts of you always...............Love, Marilyn

Healing Woman said...

Looks like I'm able to make a comment. Blogger has been annoying me lately too. I really don't like the new format for blogging.

I have had bad luck with Citrasolve as well, even though I seen great results from some bloggers. I've never tried turpentine, instead I use a product called "Never Dull." I've had pretty good results with it. Have you ever tried it Elizabeth? You can purchase it at most Lowe's or even WalMart I think. It does smell better than turpentine.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

I find creativity is all about 'process' and you are certainly doing so ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Kathryn - Collage Diva said...

I've forgotten about CitraSolv. I love your creative adventure. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Dianne said...

as the queen of experiments, I'll bet you can still find a use for these even though you found them disappointing. perhaps backgrounds for atc's? at any rate I've never tried this technique so can't give you any advice. we always find your adventures fun and enlightening! as for the 'child proof cap' thing, my husband requests not to have them on his prescriptions because of how difficult and painful it is to open them! hugs from Ohio...p.s. are there any cookies left? they looked yummy in previous post!

~*~Patty S said...

I was curious what results you would be getting with the postcards E.

My fav use of Citrasolv is to put it on the Nat'l Geo pages, close the magazine and wait for it to do it's magic...always a surprise and the older issues (1980's 1990's) seem to work best

oxo

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

The unexpected often yields the most interesting results for me. I made a journal apinting today thst didn't out at all like I thought, yet I love it more tha what I had in mind. I am sure these citrasolv pages will become something other in your talented hands and we will see them later in a new light. xox