Loving The Effects Of Using Citra Solv with Alcohol Inks…
Colors Used- Adirondack Sailboat Blue, Citrus, Purple Twilight, Silver Mixative
Techniques– Initially dropped and guided inks with usual Dreamscaping Techniques. Experimented with Citra Solv toothbrush splatter into wet ink and dry ink. Also used coffee stirrer and credit card. Sky has a lot of Silver Mixative. Moon is lifted with Citra Solv and a Q-Tip.
1. Edge Quality – Citra Solv slightly thickens alcohol inks causing a variety of edges when using Dreamscaping Techniques.
2. Texture Variety – Splattering Citra Solv with a toothbrush creates variety of textures. Be sure to wait a few seconds for texture to appear.
3. Lifting – Using a Q-Tip dipped in Citra Solv creates natural effects.
4. Small Corrections – Using a Q-Tip dipped in Citrasolv can alter minor flaws without disturbing surrounding areas.
1. Increased Drying Time – Make sure Citra Solv skies are totally dry before dropping in Metallic Mixative suns/moons.
2. Tacky Surface – If too much Citra Solv is used, surface stays tacky to the touch. A little goes a long way.
3. Fading Issues – Have received reports from a credible source of alcohol ink artwork with Citra Solv fading. Makes me wonder if ingredients in Citra Solv contribute.
4. May Need Extra Vinyl Gloves – The photo below shows what happened after 20-30 minutes of splattering Citra Solv with a toothbrush.
I hope what I am learning will be helpful to anyone considering experimenting with Citra Solv and alcohol inks. Incredibly fun with interesting effects, but still too early to tell how well the finished paintings will hold up.
Welcome comments from others on their discoveries using Citra Solv with alcohol inks.