I recently ran across a Citrasolv tutorial from a very nice blogger-Suzanne over at Why Cuz I Can.
I mentioned to her that I had tried but failed with the Citrasolv method.
Failure!! I got my copy made at Staples, and the young man that helped me assured me that it was a toner machine. WRONG!
So, after I left a comment on Suzanne’s post, she very kindly offered to mail me some images.
As soon as I saw the images, I knew they would work. They looked very “inky”.
I tore a piece of scrap drop cloth off a larger piece and gathered my supplies. I taped (hinged) my image onto the drop cloth scrap.
Taping it this way allows me to check my progress without the image moving.
I was very surprised how little Citrasolv I had to use. I used tons in my failed attempts thinking I wasn’t using enough. Bonus? The kitchen smelled nice!
After dampening the image, I burnished it with the back of the spoon.
I peeked to see if it was working. OH my! It worked, and it worked will very little effort and very quickly.
How did Suzanne know I love fleur-de-lis?
More bad news! Suzanne recommended getting a copy made at my local library. While running some errands, I went to Staples to try again! Their self service counter intimidates me. I have never quite understood copy machines! They were very busy. I looked around and decided all of their machines are just too “state of the art”, so I left.
I went to the library, and paid my 10 cents per copy. When I did the first try, it didn’t look dark enough, so I darkened it and tried again. I brought it home and tried it, FAIL. hmph! I need a place to get an “old school” copy!
BTW the images I took to the library? They were of course from Karen @ The Graphics Fairy. They had images and words…duh! I forgot to mirror them. So, even if they had worked, they wouldn’t have worked, cause they would have been backwards!
Thank you very much Suzanne for you help. I no longer feel like a failure.
Have YOU used Citrasolv? Where do you get your copies made? What have you transferred images to? Fabric? Wood? Something else?