CitraSolv is an all natural biodegradable cleaner and degreaser that has become well known in artist circles because of the magical effect it can have on magazines and because of it's image transfer abilities. It can move ink on just about any magazine but on National Geographics it can cause a really amazing tranformation. I've been googling around and read that it worked best on older National Geographics and also that it worked best on newer ones. There seemed to be confusion over which magazines work best. So here are the findings of my own experimentation with two National Geographics, one from 1994 and one from 1999.
I followed the instructions in the Somerset Studio video and sprayed the pages of both magazines thoroughly. I let them sit for an hour. My garage was quite cold. It's November here in Ontario and the temperature is not freezing but it's definitely coat weather! After an hour, I squished them and goo came out the sides! Then I got a box cutter and cut out the pages and laid them out to dry.
I can see why there is a controversy over older or new magazines.
So there you have the results of my experiments! I have a lot of great paper now and I'll be using it in all kinds of ways so stay tuned!