December 1, 2011

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Grab the guest list because we are making place cards. 

First I need to share my new art project find, "Nat Geo Art". I stumbled on this project on youtube and was so fascinated with the results I immediately ordered Citrasolv. A couple weeks later I stumbled on a pile of National Geographic Magazines from 1978 on a recent "junking" adventure with a girlfriend of mine. How lucky am I?  
Ok-Here are the Why's...
-Why Nat Geo? From what I understand the magazines were made with a certain type of ink that reacts to the degreaser(which leads me to the next why).
Why Citrasolv? Apparently this reacts the best to the ink.
Why 1978? The magazine should be at least 10 years old or older I'm guessing it's because they(Nat Geo) no longer use this type of ink.


Here are the steps to create this beautiful abstract art paper. 
1. Simply paint on a generous amount of the orange degreaser on all pages or pages you wish to alter.
2. Close the magazine pat down excess and leave it closed for 30mins.
3. Be ready to be amazed. Open the magazine rip out the pages and hang or lay them on a flat surface to dry.
**Note: this is very messy so be sure to protect your surface area**
Just look at the images... this makes me so happy.
So now you have a ton of this paper, what now? The first thing I made was place cards.
I mod podge(glued) the paper to plain white card stock for stability and since I still have a little chalk paint left over from my chalk board I went ahead and painted name boxes on each card. 
I can erase if I spell someones name wrong or make last minutes changes. 

**Note when painting on the chalk paint use a paint brush. It makes for a much smoother surface than something like a sponge brush**

Tada!






26 comments:

  1. Such a creative idea! I love it! Can't wait to see what your next project with the paper is!

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  2. Wow! These are wild! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Hi Janina, I am amazed at what you did with those National Geographic magazines. The patterns you created are awesome. I can't wait to see what else you made with the paper. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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  4. These are fantastic! In fact, most of your ideas are just perfect for my daughter's wedding. I can't wait to show her this one.

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  5. Similar projects with citrasolv are on their website where they show you different uses of Citrasolv (other than cleaning with them). I bought a bottle quite a while ago, I always had tons of NatGeo magazines, I better get to work! Thanks for the great inspiration here.

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  6. I'm wondering what other uses people have come up with for these papers? I love the effect; just not sure how I'd use the papers.
    K

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  7. Thanks for a GREAT art project I am going to use with my middle schoolers in the fall!!!

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  8. Until about 1991 or 1992, publishers used a solvent-based ink. It was a serious water pollutant and phased out by the EPA. That's why the publication needs to be old.

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  9. found this on Pinterest and now I really want to try it. thanks for the heads up.
    peace n abundance,
    CheyAnne
    www.cheyannesexton.etsy.com

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  10. I just donated 30 years of National Geographics to Goodwill a few months ago. I think I might have to go buy some back to try this.

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    1. It's a fun project! I would definitely buy some back. :)

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  11. I have done it with current National Geographics and it has worked fine.

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  12. Beautiful effect. wish I still had the Nat Geos I donated last year. Guess I'll have to go find some at the thrift store.

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  13. Thanks for the inspiration - I have put my experiments on my blog. http://lynn-taylor.blogspot.co.nz/2015/01/reclaiming-book-pages.html

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  14. Can you use any else besides National Geographic for example old calendars?

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    1. I'm not sure...haven't tried that one. Let me know what you find if you decide to go that route. :)

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  15. Hi Janina!
    I've tried this technique on old Nat Geo's from 1981 and 82, and the ink either leaked out all together, stripping the page, or nothing happened at all. I've replicated the instructions exactly and tried several times. No luck. Any thoughts on what could be going wrong? I used the same type of Citra Solv above. Thanks in advance!

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    1. I had the same results plus a big mess...will try one more time but am waiting for cure. thanks

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  16. gotta give this a try with paper beads

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    1. That sounds like an awesome idea. You'll have to let me know how it works out!

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  17. I so want to do this.............BUT in CANADA we dont have Citra-solv......Is there something else that I can use to get the same effect ???????

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  18. FYI: check with static.ewg.org/reports to see if chemicals used are actually safe (citra-solv). This environmental group puts this degreaser on it's most harmful.

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  19. FYI: check with static.ewg.org/reports to see if chemicals used are actually safe (citra-solv). This environmental group puts this degreaser on it's most harmful.

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  20. Lol I think my hubby would flip if I used all his old Nat geo magazines :-) but I might just sneak a few from his collection from back then :-) I am sure he won't notice too much if I only pinch a couple :-)
    I love the affect and can not wait to give it a go not sure if I can get that type of degree here in Australia so might try a couple of other options and see if they work :-) will test it out on the plan printed pages with no pictures :-)

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  21. Any idea what can be used instead in the UK? I thought maybe sticky stuff remover -it smells citrussy and removes grease as well as labels (and cleans rubber stamps to new condition!!).

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