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DECEMBER 13, 2006 6:46 PM

Finally, the Calvin Print Group, led by Smith, experimented with Citra-Solv as a transfer medium. GOODNIGHT! Goodnight acetone, goodnight xylene, goodnight Goof-Off, goodnight wintergreen oil. The miracle of citrus- non toxic, impeccable results even on canvas. Printmakers prepare! There are toner transfers in your non-toxic, cruelty free future. Let's get that xerox machine cranking!


just be sure to keep it away from cats - it's way toxic to them.

marianne | December 13, 2006 7:22 PM

I should point out, I have nothing to back that statement up with. I've just read on several occassions that citrus oil is toxic to cats.

marianne | December 13, 2006 7:34 PM

thanks marianne! no cats in the printshop! although, i'd like to have them there...

splinters | December 13, 2006 7:42 PM

woah! rad!! splints, we should build the screen studio next weekish.


marianne, have you ever tried making something like this?

george | December 13, 2006 11:01 PM

ok geo! let's get the Nest print studio going- a small intaglio press is on its way over too.

splinters | December 14, 2006 12:08 AM

I tried Citra-Solv a while ago and it didn't work for me at all! You've got to tell me your secret technique. I've got my Goof Off technique nailed (respirator and all). I tried the same thing, only with Citra-Solv, and I got nothing...

I'm eager to learn, I've got two bottles of the stuff at home, it's great for mopping the floor.

kevinb | December 14, 2006 4:35 PM

come by for a demo.
really, it worked like a charm!
and even less evaporative- longer working times

splinters | December 14, 2006 4:55 PM

Hey, y'all...
Just to complicate things (about the glories of citrus solvents) a little bit:
Monona Rossol is the author of "The Artist's Complete Guide to Health & Safety" (I'm pretty sure I got that title right.) She was recently interviewed for the College Art Association's "CAA News", where she made some pretty revelatory/fascinating claims about the recent wave of "non-toxic" art supplies, such as citrus-based solvents. She stated that citrus solvents, while less detrimental to the EARTH (in regards to production) are actually MORE toxic than acetone and most other solvents they replace.
To summarize: Even though we smell orange, and orange smells safe (hey, we eat 'em, right?), don't absorb that stuff through your skin/pores....don yourselves in thick gloves, folks!
A toxic art maker of old,
(PS - you can find the whole interview with Monona at www.collegeart.org, in the CAA News back issue from September...)

Brett Colley | December 14, 2006 9:51 PM


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