When I took a painting class from Wan Marsh, at the Virginia Beach Art & Soul Retreat, she encouraged us to make our own collage papers with CitraSolv and National Geographic magazines.
A few years earlier, I had worked with Citra Solv . Today I decided to create some more collage pages. Here's what works for me:
- Keep the paper cap on the bottle rim and poke a few holes in it for more controlled application of the solution.
- Leaf through the magazines and tear out pages with colorful photographs.
- Splatter the Citra Solv on the pages. I found that painting and spraying the pages with Citra Solv doesn't result in the best images.
- After I treat the pages, I wait five to ten minutes and then check for any reactions. Some pages may take longer to dissolve. Note: I keep the pages in a pile so that they can interact (ie, cook) for a bit.
- From my own experiments, I do not get great results with: blue and red pages. Text and advertisements also will not give a good outcome.
- Last, Spread newspapers on the floor, or table, and then lay the pages down to dry.
I've been searching around for more copies of old National Geographic magazines. I checked Habitat for Humanity ReStores and Salvation Army but I haven't had any luck. If you know of some good sources for these magazines, let me know.