Then I saw this video
on the ARTWAX blog and decided it might be my technique, not the magazine itself, that caused it not to work.
You see, with National Geographics I used the spray-n-squish technique and the lovely inks moved on their own. But with these fashion magazines, AJ first moved the CitraSolv, and therefore the ink, around with a brush. So I sorta gave it a try - except I used cotton balls cuz I didn't want to set up to do a lot of these. Here are the results with a black & white ad, sepia-toned ad and a color ad all from Vogue.
I think I need to do it exactly like she shows in the video - brush & cling wrap - since these still leave something to be desired. However, I noticed that the back of the ad above looks like when you use NevrDull over a texture. Hmmmm. More experiments to try.
Then I tried the photo transfer technique I'd read about so much. Again the experts aren't always right - they say only photocopies not inkjet or laser prints but I did these two with my Brother laser printer.
(I love,love,love this Conde Nast ad - I have to find another one and try again).
Again, the problem with the first was my technique - too much rubbing with too much CitraSolv causing the inks to smear. The second with just pressure looks pretty good.
And now for the beeswax & encaustic part of this post. Yes, all the CitraSolv papers work great in collage, with or without either type of wax. But that's not the experiment I want to tell you about.
You see, I work on a glass desk and just scrape it down with a razor blade when it gets too messy. Lately the wax build-up has really been clogging up my blade-holder-thingie. So I poured a little CitraSolv on my desk and let it soak a few minutes. And Voila! the wax came up so easily - as did the paint and glue.
Who knew? You can actually use this stuff for it's original purpose - to clean!! But don't tell Patrick I know that cuz then he might want me to try it in the rest of the house. hehe