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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Playing with Brushos- Day 1

So, the promised post about Brushos. I had far too many pics to put them all in the WOYWW post, along with my findings/thoughts etc. I'm actually going to do this as two posts- there are a huge number of pictures, and the post will go on forever! I did them over two days anyway, so we'll start with Day 1.
They come in individual pots, in sets, or a pack of the full 24 colours. I believe there may now be some new colours too.











The lids have a pull-off plastic seal, and all the Internet wisdom is that you don't use this to open your tubs. Instead, what is recommended is to poke a few holes in the lid itself, then use it like a salt shaker. You can also see I colour coded the lids with a small self-adhesive dot. I just sprinkled a tiny amount of the powder out of the tub, and picked it up on a wet cotton bud, then rubbed it on the dot. Much easier to find the colour you want, when faced with a box full of white lids!

Point No 1: the size of the crystals in the tubs does seem to vary from colour to colour- for instance, the Turquoise is very, very fine, almost like dust, whilst the Ost. Blue crystals are much larger. So you may need to enlarge the holes after you try it out, or even add a couple more (I started with 3 holes per pot, just using a pokey tool).

Next, on to paper.  A while back, whilst browsing in The Works, I spotted a Canvas art pad, so picked one up thinking I might do some stamping on them one of these days. At the Hobbycrafts show in November, one stand had lots of art pads, buy one, get one free, and I saw some smooth watercolour pads, so got a couple of those, as you'll get a much clearer image when stamping on smooth watercolour paper than you would on the more traditional, rougher one. I took a sheet from each, and cut them into 4 pieces- the watercolour pad is an A4 one, the canvas pad is just a little larger.
I put a blending mat on my desk, as there was going to be a lot of water involved, and got down to playing.
I hope you can see here the amount of Brusho crystals I've applied. You may need to enlarge the image. It really is a very small dusting of colours, you can see why they say these pots will last a very, very long time. This is one of the quarter Canvas sheets, by the way.
You can either put the crystals down, then add water, or you can do it the opposite way round, and cover your surface with water, then sprinkle in crystals. I've done it both ways, during this try out.
 Anyway, now it's time for the water misting.
 This was the result, just from that tiny amount of powder.The more you spray, the more the colours blend and run together. I then took a second piece of the canvas, and laid it on top, to see what would transfer.

Pressed it down well.










 This was how it came out. OK, but lacking detail now. So, I wondered what would happen if I added more crystals and misting.



Surprisingly, the additional colour does not just get absorbed into the background, which was what I'd expected, to be honest.


 So, put them aside to dry, and a little later, this is what they looked like.




The colours continued to blend and merge a little, but I really like how they've dried. Make a nice landscape type background, I think. In fact, I have a plan for at least one of them, based on that thought.





Next piece of canvas, and again, I've tried to show how little powder is put down to get these colours this strong.




Water misted over the powder- the more water you add, the more fluid it all becomes- it's a case of stop when it looks good! I'm only using one of the Tim Holtz mini- misters here, and probably spritzing less than a quarter of one over the crystals.

So, not knowing when to stop, lol, I added some more water.



And just lifted the paper from end to end to let the water slide.Then put that aside to dry.



















For the last quarter, I spritzed the canvas with plenty of water. Then sprinkled on the Brushos.
Red for starters.......
 .....followed by orange and yellow.




 Now I swapped to the Smooth watercolour paper, and back to crystals first.






Needed a little more colour at the bottom, methinks. So I added some more. And spritzed some more too. The brown at the bottom- and it was only brown- look like roaring flames, don't they?





Point No 2:   Everyone who has done the spritzing with Distress Inks will know that the big thing with them is that the colour stays true, it does not break down at all. This is not the case with Brushos. When wetted, all sorts of strange colours become apparent. As I said, the bottom of this background was only sprinkled with the two shades of brown- yet you can see yellow and orange in there too now. Depending on what you are trying to achieve, that may be good or bad!





  Still on the watercolour paper, and this time water first again. The blue here demonstrating the multi- colour effect, you can see purple appearing too. Then some green added, and left to dry.
Another watercolour paper, this time done powder first.








 You remember that sheet I did earlier, letting the colours run from one side to the other?( I've put it below so you can compare dry to wet).  The colours became much more muted after drying, and while it was nice, lacked a certain amount of 'oomph', shall we say. So I wondered  now what would happen if I added more colours and re-spritzed- would they just merge in to make mud?


 Only one way to find out!







 Amazingly, no you do not get mud. The yellows and oranges still maintain their colours, which really did surprise me. I didn't expect to see the yellow so clearly. So you can layer colours on top of each other, as long as you let them dry.



So this was the first days experiments, which brings me rather neatly up to-
 Point 3:  These are very messy! You need a well covered work area- my blending mat was nowhere near big enough. Although they are called crystals, they are more powdery, and as I said earlier, some of them are extremely fine dust-like powder, so as soon as you spritz, they get scattered. The higher up you mist from the better, but that only cuts it down a little.
This is my desk, and its 30" wide- the colour is all over the side and back of my desk. And it takes a lot of shifting too. Babywipes do not cut it. I had to get some spray kitchen cleaner up here.
 Also, hands! 3 days later the colour is still on my fingers, and you really do not want to see what my nails look like. Actually, that's the worst bit- inky fingers is one thing, but when under your nails look like you haven't cleaned them for the last 6 months- that's a bit too far.
So that's Day 1. Off for a coffee, and then I'll write up Day 2.
 

10 comments:

KraftyKaren said...

Fiona from Staring at the Sea pointed me in the direction of your blog post as I am on my Brusho journey too. I now do all my spritzing in the kitchen instead of in the dining room and I put my work inside a pizza box that had been used for delivery with plastic bags underneath it - I can then just dispose of the whole lot straight into the kitchen bin. I use gloves but found that the Brushos are able to permeate the disposable ones. In the end I found Garnier body scrub was the best thing to get it off of my fingers as my hand scrub was just too gentle. I will bookmark your blog so I can see your other posts - will look forward to see what you make with your backgrounds.

Debbie Rock said...

Am addicted to those little white pots and appreciate FULLY how those little crystals waft all over the place! Have given up wanting to control my Brushos and am happy to sprinkle and spritz and just go with whatever I get ... often tweaked with a little more of a sprinkle and a whole lot of spritzing but I love them ... and it is ALL Maggie's fault!!!!! xXx

Helen said...

I have read these two posts out of order, though that doesn't really matter - what a great experiment you've had, I love the results especially of the blues which you went back and added to and let re-dry... thanks for taking such trouble to write these two posts, I'm going to put aside some time to get my brushos out again very soon!!

Lisa said...

Another visitor via Fiona, here. It's great to see what everyone gets up to with Brushos.

I've yet to get some water colour paper so I use Crafter's Companion Centura Pearl (either side depending on the effect I'm going for) cardstock.

I've also tagged your block so I have revisit it.

Enjoy making gorgeous works of art.

Lisa

Peg Robinson said...

Looks like really fun product to play with.

Diane Baker-Williams said...

I stumbled across these when I was searching for Ken Oliver's Color bursts. They seem very similar. I laughed when you talked about the color getting under your nails, I always wonder what people think when they see my hands after using spray ink! this is a great tutorial, very much appreciate you sharing this! Than you for stopping by earlier. Diane

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

If you use one of these http://rangerink.com/?product=inkssentials%E2%84%A2-craft-scrubbie especially with the old fashioned Imperial Leather block of soap, the Brushos come off much better. Also you need a softer mister and aim it up not down on to the Brushos if you are finding they move. xxx Maggie

Nannie4 said...

Thanks, Shaz for a very detailed, wonderful post. I'm thinking I NEED Brushos! LOL
Seriously -- they look amazing. What fun they would be for art journaling. Off to watch part 2 now....

Kelly said...

These are fabulous! I love playing with new toys... especially if color is involved. Thanks for sharing your tips. Always Creative Blessings! Kelly #57

Kim said...

Ahh, should have red this one first; the Color bursts come only in 6 colors, so not quite the same, but the effects look similar. Thanks again, I love seeing all your experiments. Can't wait to play again.

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