Friday, June 25, 2010

Some Texture Backgrounds

I thought I would share some Citra Solv backgrounds with you. I am taking an online digital class and we are working with textures and layers. I have a large collection of images of textures and decided to scan some of these Citra Solv pages and work with them some.

You can make your own with a few National Geographic Magazines and a bottle of the Citra Solv Concentrate. You will find this is the cleaning products section of your local health food store. It comes in a relatively small bottle about 10 ounces or so.

Place you magazine on a piece of freezer paper or wax paper. Then take the Citra Solv straight from the bottle and squirt in on every four or five pages. Close the magazine and lightly press it with your hands to sort of squish the liquid all over it. Let it sit for a half hour or so. Then open the magazine and check your pages. They should be all inky.

At this point I like to spread wax paper or cut grocery bags on my counter. I then begin to tear out the pages and leave them to dry. If I haven't covered them all I add more Citra Solv and let it sit awhile longer. I tear out each page and let it dry. You can let the pages overlap to dry if you like. It takes an hour or two to completely dry. When you are finished you will have tons of background paper for various projects.


Janet Ghio said...

These pages are really interesting. I might give this a try!

Suz said...

ooo nice idea

Pan's daughter said...

Isn't CitraSolve great? Have you checked out the company's art site? On their main webpage you can click onto the site for artists and it's pretty cool.

The Paris Salon said...

This is a very cool technique, thanks so much for sharing it!! These backgrounds are fabulous ;)

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Elizabeth,
your backgrounds are gorgeous.
Thank you so much for sharing this.
Have a great day.