Sunday, November 1, 2009
Citra Solv Transfers- Take Two
I was so excited to get that Citra-Solv in the mail that I wasted no time in creating things. First I worked on patches for an I Spy quilt. That project isn't done yet, but I will be back soon with details on that before long.
Next, I finished the skeletons from a few weeks ago.
Working with two very different types of fabric was interesting. The transfer works much easier on smooth fabric such as this cotton patch.
The canvas I used for the skeleton takes much more burnishing and produced uneven results. However, I think the slightly faded and uneven quality adds to the project.
Without further delay: The process-
1. Tape paper face (copy side) down on fabric.
2. Douse a tissue with Citra-Solv full strength concentrate. The image will become easy to see through the paper.
3. Rub all over the back of the paper.
4. Rub hard with the back or edge of a spoon.
5 The paper should become a bit roughed up. Mine never tore though.
6. Carefully peel back just a tiny edge to peek at the results. Burnish more if needed.
Can you see how the black lines are lighter and the paper is quite roughed up?
Here you can see two side by side attempts. It's interesting the variations.
(To make the skeleton softie I photocopied one of my student's drawings. I transferred the image and cut it out. I then sewed it right sides facing to a scrap of orange fabric leaving an opening for turning. I turned it right side out and stuffed with crinkly plastic bags. Then I hand sewed it shut.)
Some thoughts on the Citra-Solv transfer method.
1. I like it. It's a little like magic.
2. Pleasant smelling!
3. Much more affordable than special printer friendly fabric.
4. There is less control over how an image comes out. However, the materials are so much more affordable than printer fabric and printer ink, that it's not precious. I can afford to try lots of new things with this method. I squirrel away my stash of printer fabric for only the best projects. I wasn't nervous or frustrated over wasting or making a mistake.
5. I kind of like the vintage quality of the uneven-ness.
6. A little dab will do you! This bottle is going to last a l-ong time!
I have many more ideas and plan to do a nearly weekly feature of my Citra Solv adventures. Thanks Michelle for sending me a bottle!
By the way, have you read about my Play Kitchen Build Along?