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They begin with an altered layer of National Geographic pages. I use brillo pads to remove the glossy surface and create a latticework of scratches in the paper for texture and use a solvent made from citrus oil to melt and rework the ink.  I then adhere the pages to a wooden panel, and then I have a lovely canvas saturated in hues and depth.  Upon this base, I begin adding layers of drawings made with charcoal and ink, depending on the patterns or figures I am adding.  Next I use water-based paint (acrylic) for of the levels of transparency and opacity I can achieve.  My goal is to find a balance between the original color and texture from the pages and the layers of medium I add to them.  http://sabrinajill.com/