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?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
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