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How to remove sticky residue from Optium acrylic

I have been busy prepping work for a show coming up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Two of my skeleton pieces were juried in and I needed to find frames for them for the exhibition.

The frame closest in size to Neverending Love Story was a tiny bit long on one side so I planned to cut a mat to make it work. That meant the spacers on the acrylic needed to be removed which left a sticky residue. Since you can’t use a solvent on Optium acrylic, I needed something else.

Fortunately, my husband had some 99% isopropyl alcohol in amongst a plethora of substances in his workshop (being married to a chemist has its advantages!), which worked, but it required a lot of elbow grease to remove the adhesive, as well as gloves, since the alcohol really dried out my hands. He was going to try adding some acetone to it to make it work a bit faster but then happened to see a little bottle of Goo Gone on the shelf and brought that up from the basement. Voila! It worked a treat!

So, I’m just passing this along for what it’s worth. If you find yourself trying to remove spacer glue residue from Optium acrylic, use Goo Gone. It takes the stuff right off after you let it sit for five or ten minutes and it cleans up with hot water and soap. This was a real life saver for me, since I had to use what was available because there just wasn’t time to order new glass or frames in time to ship my beauties to the show.


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Marie Marfia, Green Crested Drooler, acrylic on canvas, 6x6x.75

Green Crested Drooler

I’m starting a new series. It’s all about the things that keep me up at night. I am taking inspiration from Lynda Barry, whose book Making Comics has a monster drawing exercise, which I just love. I try to make monsters every day and then I pick one and make it into a small acrylic painting. Stay tuned! I have no idea where it’s going, but I want to call it my Monsters Under My Bed series and I’m am thoroughly enjoying it! Hope you do, too.

Marie Marfia, Green Crested Drooler, acrylic on canvas, 6x6x.75
Green Crested Drooler, acrylic on canvas, 6x6x.75″

The Green Crested Drooler personifies my fear of getting older and losing control of my bodily functions. Sure, it’s cute, but it’s also drooling! Gross! Blah! I think someone needs to invent terrycloth pillowcases for people like me who frequently wake up in the middle of the night in a puddle of spit. Hell, maybe I’ll make my own…

Here’s some more monsters…


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Yellow bird, egyptian eyed dog, pink flower

Yellow Bird, No. 9, 6×6″ acrylic on canvas. ©2018 Marie Marfia.

Egyptian-eyed Dog, No. 10, 6×6″ acrylic on canvas. ©2018 Marie Marfia.

Pink Flower, No. 11, 6×6″ acrylic on canvas. ©2018 Marie Marfia

Humming right along. I don’t always like what I’m ending up with but it’s okay because I’m learning! I’m excited to try again every day. Onward and upward. That’s the ticket.

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Curious Cow

acrylic painting of a cow face

Sunny Cow, No. 5, 6×6″ acrylic on canvas. ©2018 Marie Marfia

Curious Cow

No. 5 is a quickie because I have to go down to Grand Rapids to meet up with my brother and his wife. We’re going to plant flowers in the family cemetery plots today. It’s always a great time to catch up. Joe says he wants to stop at a flea market that’s on the way, not to buy anything, but just to look at stuff and think about them. I can get behind that!

 

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