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Collage Using Citra Solv Paper

June 11, 2014

Citra Solv paper is one of my favorite things to have in the collage stash. It provides many wonderful accidental effects and unexpected colors. This first collage is a new one. The Citra Solv paper is the black and white piece at the top, and the bottom piece is from a sheet of hand painted paper, using a big brush and bold strokes in thin acrylic. (Click the link above for instructions for making these beautiful papers using Citra Solv cleaning solvent and pages from old National Geographic magazines.) Other magazines can be used too, but National Geographics have the best inks for this process.

Heartfelt - Collage, 6x6" mounted on 8x10" backing

Heartfelt – Collage, 6×6″ mounted on 8×10″ backing

Here are two more small ones . . .

Tread Softly - Collage, 4x4"

Tread Softly – Collage, 4×4″

By Chance - Collage, 4x4"

By Chance – Collage, 4×4″

And some of the Citra Solv papers in my stash:

Citra Solv 1 SmPapers CitraSolv 3 SmPapers CitraSolv Sm


A portion of this last one was used in the collage titled “Tread Softly.”

What are some of your favorite collage materials?


12 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2014 9:44 am

    These are lovely…thanks for the link to the technique, too! I’ve been playing around with wadding polish, to take up the ink on magazine pages, using little stick on dots to keep color and make pattern in some areas. Thanks!

    • June 11, 2014 5:14 pm

      Cindy, I have those 2 things on my list to try. Thanks for the reminder! I think it’s in a book I have by Claudine Hellmuth.

  2. June 11, 2014 1:35 pm

    I love the complete organic quality you have achieved using this cleaner; it is hard to believe they are not naturally occurring, growing things–just beautiful! Thank you, Doris

  3. joarty1 permalink
    June 11, 2014 1:50 pm

    Lovely papers….and collage. I use a lot of teabags lately, and Gelli printed papers.

  4. June 11, 2014 4:59 pm

    love all the new art and the created paper. I forget about that method. Got to get back to it. Have you tried it with “new” National Geo’s?

    • June 11, 2014 5:21 pm

      Thanks, Pat! In fact I read somewhere that older ones work better. I think they changed their inks at some point. However, all the ones I’ve found at the library thrift store have worked great.

  5. June 12, 2014 9:33 am

    Your collages here are wonderful! I still have not done this myself but I love the effect.

  6. June 18, 2014 2:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing your passion with us, I’m really in love with this sort of work! (:

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