Monday, May 8, 2017

Cats


Patriarch - Watercolor with Pastel Pencil


My brother was visiting us here in Oregon, but has returned to California.   Back to artwork (and househunting) for me. 

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Journaling:
A while back, I found an interesting video on YouTube about altering National Geographic magazine pages with a degreasing product called Citra Solv. 

Here are a few of my results.






Here's the video if you're interested:



I can see more experiments ahead.  We bought the old National Geographic magazines at St. Vinnie's (a second hand store) for 50 cents each.  These will be great backgrounds for journal pages or for collage - more STUFF for the art box.




30 comments:

  1. First I wish you a lot of success with your apartment search, that you find something, where you can feel comfortable!
    Your lion is so beautifully drawn, he looks so dear that I would like to caress him!
    But so exciting is this Citra Solv technique, the results are very cool and amazing. But I don't think I can buy this stuff here ... maybe I have to try it with different cleaners.
    Ulrike

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    1. Thank you, Ulrike. I will take your good wishes.
      Thank you for the compliment on the lion. I would like to touch one, too. Maybe someday...
      I have not tried anything other than the Citra Solv, but it would be fun to experiment with something else - especially if you can use old magazines. The results are even more beautiful in person.

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  2. Awesome video, Chris, and I absolutely love this painting!!! I wish you all the best in your search, and I am so happy to see your post today!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. And I appreciate your good wishes with the house househunt.
      I really enjoyed your post this morning, too!! I'm still smiling.

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  3. The lion is great !!!! Beautifully drawn. I keep my fingers crossed for an apartment.
    Exciting this technique the Jornalseite great from and great your video to it!
    A nice week
    Elke

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    1. Thank you, Elke. Appreciate the fingers crossed, too!

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  4. This is SO outstanding Chris!!!! I wish you lots of luck with house hunting!!!

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    1. Hilda, thank you so much!
      And I'll take that wish. Appreciate it!

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  5. hopefully the house hunting goes well and that technique created really neat different textures. people are always trying to get rid of bundles of national graphics round here, hardly a week seems to go by when people list them free just come get them :p

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  6. Okay, I'll be right over (haha).
    Yes, the textures are really cool & look even better in person.

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    1. lol if they were not so heavy I would grab some and ship them to you :)

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    2. Awwww - thanks, but they are practically giving them away here.

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  7. Your lion is very beautiful, Chris! He, seem to be very deep in thought.
    Thanks for this video and for showing us your results which are very interesting.
    I wonder what pages you will create with the.
    Citra Solv was the hit some years ago by a lot of people here in Germany but they used it for removing parts of the print and overpaint them after that. This technique here is much more interesting.
    I don't have Citra Solv it's not available here as far as I know.
    But I just splashed some nail poolish remover over a page in a catalogue...

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    1. Thanks, Beo.
      Nail polish remover is a great tip. I will try it. It is much less expensive than Citra Solv.
      The Citra Solv technique has been around for a long time. I've just discovered mixed media, so everything is new to me. I've got a whole box full of altered paper that I'm not sure what to do with.

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    2. Oh - I hope you didn't get me wrong: This technique you used is very interesting and I didn't know that before - just the other way of using which isn't half as interesting.
      And: My try with polish remover didn't work - but it was cold outside...

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    3. No, no, Beo. I really like feedback. I just mention what I'm learning on the blog because there might be other people new to mixed media who might be interested. I've already learned so much from you and other mixed media artists.
      And thanks for the note on the polish remover. I won't be disappointed if it doesn't work.

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  8. Great lion! Also thanks for the you tube video - I wondered how one did that.

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    1. Thanks, Patricia. I wonder what I'll do with all this stuff when we finally get some studio space.

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  9. The big cat is gorgeous, Chris! The National Geographic pages are beautiful, too! I hope you find the house that suits you perfectly.

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  10. Thanks, Candy!
    I hope so, too.

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  11. What a fabulous close up of the lion, such a great expression. And thanks for the video, there is so much inspiration out there !

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    1. Thanks, Jane. The art videos are inspirational, even if you don't want to do mixed media.

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  12. Such an interesting effect! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. A fantastic lion portrait!!
    These experiments are very interesting, and the results are outstanding!

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  14. Love Love Love! And thanks for sharing video! ❤❤❤

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  15. Love the kitties....Always Love your lions. OMG such Great painting style! And great eye for colors!!! Feel so moved & good when I see your artwork. It's very therapeutic for me. So much appreciate your work - thanks for sharing! 😍

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