Cardinal with Brusho

I’m still practicing my painting, so I thought I’d share with you this Cardinal painted with Brusho Crystal Colours. I used a royalty free reference photo from Let’s Make Art, as we don’t have Cardinal birds where I live, here on the West Coast. I do remember seeing them when I was a kid, and lived in Ontario, on the Canadian east coast.


Once I  had my cardinal sketched onto my watercolour paper, I decided on my colours. I chose Scarlet, Brilliant Red, Black, Dark Brown for the bird & berries, and Leaf Green for the leaves. For the highlight areas, I decided to try out my new masking pen. However, after painting and removing the masking fluid, I find that the lines are just too thick – the white is too stark & wide.

Cardinal Painted with Brusho


Because of those heavy white lines, I’m happier with how the leaves turned out! LOL.  Oh well, live and learn, right?  What I do love about Brusho is how the variation in colour pigments show up. That is quite evident with the Leaf Green; you can see how the blue and yellow come out in the leaves.

Cardinal Painted with Brusho

I’ll be trying this cardinal again, without the heavy white highlights! I tried adding some paint over them to soften them. But you can see it wasn’t very successful! So, as always, I keep learning, and trying again. Since I did learn, I consider this to be a success, in that way!


If you’d like to try this cardinal painted with Brusho, or any other subject, I’ve added links for supplies below. Whatever you do – learn, and have fun! Thanks for spending some time with me today. Affiliate links for products are supplied, below. If you choose to use my links, you help support me in maintaining my blog. Thanks in advance!

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

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