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By ChristineAltese   |   Watch
Published: August 28, 2017
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My friend and I created a bunch of Citrasolv altered papers and I've been experimenting with combining them with graphite portraits. It's very satisfying to go through the papers to find the patterns and textures that feel like they fit the drawing, then combine and move the different elements around until the composition feels like it clicks.
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andreuccettiartProfessional Traditional Artist
Beautiful artwork and interesting tecnique, can you explain more?
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andreuccettiartProfessional Traditional Artist
Yes I got it, thank yoo. Love your work!
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ChristineAlteseProfessional General Artist
Many thanks! :heart:
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ChristineAlteseProfessional General Artist
The background is an altered paper, made by saturating magazine pages with a solvent liquid called CitraSolv, which completely dissolves the printing ink and creates lovely patterns and the characteristic 'bubble' effect which you can see here (if you look closely, you can see some of the text from the magazine page, which is still visible.)

I scanned one of those papers, and also scanned a pencil portrait I had done, and then combined them using Photoshop. I chose a paper background that I felt was most compatible with the portrait, so they feel like they go together. There is some re-sizing and manipulation to make the two elements 'fit' as one piece of art.

I hope that helps to explain the process. :)
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ciaulooHobbyist Traditional Artist
ahhhhhhhhh so pretty Heart bum 
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ChristineAlteseProfessional General Artist
Thank you! Many thanks for the fave as well! Heart 
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