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Citra Solv Fabric Transfer Method

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Time
20 mins

Using Citra Solv (organic orange cleaner) to transfer photocopied images to fabric Citra Solv is not only the best smelling kitchen cleaner (yup, smells like oranges) but makes the most OUTSTANDING medium to transfer photo copied images to fabric. And, it's washable and even bleachable on the fabric :)

CLICK ON STEP BY STEP PHOTO IMAGE BELOW TO ENLARGE TO SEE IT BETTER

And if images don't transfer dark enough for your liking, look up my project called "Citra Solv: Failure To Success Don't Give Up" here at CO+K

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  • How to use a printing techniques. Citra Solv Fabric Transfer Method - Step 1
    Step 1

    1. Showing all the supplies you need to make the Citra Solv Concentrate transferred images

    Place your *PHOTO COPIED images (IMPORTANT: NOT ink jet print- it will NOT work. Must be a photo copy or laser copy. The Citra Solv works with the TONER of a photo copy NOT ink in a printer.), image side down on the fabric and tape down with masking tape etc.. must make sure it doesn't slide around.

    2. Put a SMALL amount of CONCENTRATED Citra Solv onto a cotton ball (few drops, use more as needed. You will not be soaking the paper- but this was a larger image, so I needed several more drops of CS on my cotton ball for the plate image). Once the image is completely covered....

    3. Rub the image area completely, with the back of a kitchen spoon. Use firm pressure but make SURE the image doesn't move at all, or tear the paper. You don't need to use bruit force. It also only takes a few seconds of rubbing.

    4. Gently lift the paper up (carefully) to see that the image is transferring nicely. (It won't be 100% perfect in EVERY spot, but that's okay too- it's unique--just like YOU!) and your mouth will drop open like this! (My DD the first time I showed her this technique) and when you are happy (trust me, you will be AMAZED) remove the paper and sighhhh with satisfaction.

    5. Here's the finished piece, ready to craft with

    6. (not shown) Now go call, email and text all of your crafty friends and gush about your new FAVORITE craft medium.

    Oh, and BTW, it's 100% WASHABLE! No need to "set it" with an iron or anything!!

    How cool! Now don't you feel "smarticle"?

  • Step 2

    NOTE: If your image doesn't transfer dark enough, you might have come across a problem I have, and came up with this solution. View my other project here at CO+K called "Citra Solv: Failure To Success Don't Give Up"

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Maytag Suzanne
Maytag Suzanne · Rock Falls, Illinois, US · 21 projects

Sorry but I don't think Citra Solv is available outside the US or Canada, but is available online at cheapjoes.com which is where I get mine (not available in any local stores in my small town-- actually I've looked within a 100 square miles with no luck, so I just get mine online)

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CountessAudronasha
CountessAudronasha · Vilnius, Europe, Lithuania · 47 projects

oh! that's brilliant!! :D need to find that citra solv first. can it be replaced??

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Monika Gottindottir
Monika Gottindottir · , · 236 projects

I'm totally going to use this method to make some tea towels! Thanks for sharing! :D

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Juliet J.
Juliet J. · Cuneo, Piedmont, IT · 63 projects

Lovely! I have to find a similar product...CitraSolv doesn't exists in Italy :(

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Tina T.
Tina T. · Merritt Island, Florida, Florida · 25 projects

This sounds interesting! I'm going to have to try it! Thanks for the how-to!

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Maytag Suzanne
Maytag Suzanne · Rock Falls, Illinois, US · 21 projects

Here's link to my blog page where I list all the images, with links, to GraphicsFairy's Site

<a href=http://whycuzican.blogspot.com/2011/09/graphicsfairy-links-for-my-projects.html><b>CLICK-My Blog Page Of GraphicsFairy Image Links </b></a>

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Maytag Suzanne
Maytag Suzanne · Rock Falls, Illinois, US · 21 projects

You are so nice for commenting- thanks!

Oh, and DarkAshHurts, if you like the "bee plate", let me tell you I got them at the ever popular Karen at <a href=http://Graphicsfairy.blogspot.com> GraphicsFairy</a> Her stuff is awesome.

Too, the images is actually two blended and photocopied graphics together- the plate on the outside and a bee on the inside (I like bees, I guess).

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aneniine
aneniine · Jaunmarupe, Marupes novads, Latvia · 58 projects

Oh, thanks for information! But I think I will keep on looking for other mediums I can find over here, because shipping to Latvia always takes a lot of time. Like, I ordered watch from Ebay and it got lost somewhere, then they sent it out again and I think it got lost again.

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DarkAshHurts
DarkAshHurts · Middle of Nowhere, Kentucky, United States · 119 projects

So cool, wish i could get that stuff too. lol
I LOVE the bug plate set in ur tutorial. ;)

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aneniine
aneniine · Jaunmarupe, Marupes novads, Latvia · 58 projects

Can you substitute Citra Solv with something else? We don't have it there.

Maytag Suzanne
Maytag Suzanne · Rock Falls, Illinois, US · 21 projects

Hi Aneniine. Not that I know of, actually- and that's bad. Other citrus orange cleaners don't work for this :( Too, I order it online as reg. stores here in the US don't seem to carry it. I order it from cheapjoes.com (an art supply place) and ...no, this is not a paid endorsement of Citra Solv or cheapjoes

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