What I love to do first is scan my favorite pages into Photoshop to have a "clean" version always available. Then I can either print it out or add to it digitally. The piece above started out with this CitraSolv background:
This photo doesn't do it justice. The colors are much richer and it just looks so full of texture. I think this is my favorite one of all, so far. I added a lot of layers, brushes, images, etc. to get the finished piece but I love that I have this one saved in my archive.
Here are a few of my other favorites from this batch:
And there's usually a surprise or two that surfaces when I'm working with this technique. While I am coating the pages with the CitraSolv, every once in a while I'll come across a page that just has text on it. I usually don't bother to put any of the solvent on that page since there is no color present to blend. What I will usually do is just coat the page opposite the text page and see how that one blends. That's what I did in this instance. I thought the colors around the man would blend into a beautiful background.
I was working pretty quickly and evidently I didn't saturate the page. Much to my delight when I went to remove the pages, this happened:
The photo of the man transferred to the opposite page! How cool is that? And the fact that one eye was left with a blank circle...this all happened by chance! What are the odds of having an inkblot form and cover just the one eye so perfectly! Kind of spooky if you think about it. I couldn't have planned it better if I thought of this myself. I was just wanting the colors to all bleed together...wasn't even thinking about the man. That's what is so fun about this technique. There are so many little "accidents" or things that you discover as you go along. I will definitely be using this guy in more of my art!
And speaking of surprises, after I posted my last entry I heard from the folks at CitraSolv. What a wonderful group of people they are! They were so kind in commenting on my post and I was excited to learn of their website where they post the artists' results using their product!
Check out all of the info they have posted about different ways to use CitraSolv in your art. But the biggest surprise of all was this package that arrived in the mail a few days later. Notice that they also included a few National Geographic magazines, as well:
Thanks again to Melissa and the gang at CitraSolv. I will definitely put these products to good use! Now I don't even mind doing a little cleaning here and there...this stuff smells heavenly! ;)