ink on a magazine page using Citra Solv
acrylic paint to create an autumn forest scene
In the January/February 2010 issue of “Cloth Paper Scissors”, mixed-media artist Cathy Taylor demonstrates how to create soulful backgrounds by blurring the ink on magazine pages with Citra Solv. Unfortunately this citrus-based solvent isn’t available in Australia, but the previous owner of our house had left something similar tucked in a rickety cupboard in the garage.
Citro Clean before manipulating the ink with ear buds,
tooth picks and paint brushes
While I didn’t get Taylor’s sea of Turner-esque intermingling, I did have fun manipulating the ink with cotton buds, toothpicks and paint brushes. I wonder if ink, paper and geographic differences across the publishing world make a difference to the effects one can achieve — where Taylor used the US version of “National Geographic”, I used the Australian version of “Better Homes and Gardens”.
Still, I’m intrigued with my painterly results, especially in close-up detail, so plan more experiments.