You'll need just a few supplies to get started...
- Citra-Solv concentrate
- National Geographic magazine (you can try others but I've heard these work best)
- a shallow pan or tray to contain your mess
- paper towels
- rubber gloves
1) You only need to sprinkle the pages. If you use too much solvent, the ink will just run off your pages. Here you see can how the pages that were just sprinkled turned out quite well:
While the ones that I soaked in solution were complete duds:
2) Don't smash your book too hard or you'll squish out all of the dissolved ink.
3) Don't be afraid to play with the wet pages.
4) Try masking off interesting areas where you want to preserve the imagery.
This is a great video to watch before you get started:
Citra-Solv also has several tutorials and galleries on their website here:
Here are some of my favorite pages from this experiment... Which one is your favorite?
Cathy C. tried a different technique with her Citra-Solv. She put a light coating of
it across her magazine page and let it set for about a minute. Then she dipped a brush
into some clean Citra-solv and painted across her page creating different patterns
Be sure to wipe your brush off periodically to
get the ink off and then re-dip in clean Citra-solv.
She also tried two other citrus base cleaners
with limited success. It took a lot of manipulation
and a lot of cleaner to get these to look like this.
Not nearly the effect that Citra-solv can create.
Let us know if you have any better luck with
an alternative to Citra-solv.