Hello again, friend! We’re over halfway through #worldwatercolourmonth, so I thought I’d pull spend some time experimenting with Brusho Crystal Colours. I recently shared on my business Facebook page (link HERE if you’re not already following me there) a free video tutorial by Joanne Boon Thomas. My humble opinion is that Joanne is one of the best Brusho artists out there; she has a wonderful, loose style of painting that I can only dream of emulating! This style is very well suited to watercolour painting with Brusho. You can watch her free Introduction to Brusho video HERE.
BRUSHO WITH BLEACH
One of the techniques that Joanne shares in her video is using bleach with Brusho. The bleach is used to lift colour from the paper; either back to white, or lightening the colour. For this painting, I sprinkled Turquoise and Purple onto Arches 140 lb. coldpress paper, and then spritzed with water. Then, allow the paper to thoroughly dry. Next, use an old brush, dipped in a bleach/water (70/30 mix), and make the petal shapes for each flower. You have to be a bit patient, as it takes a minute for the colour to lift.
After lifting the colour, allow the paper to dry. Next, go back in with your good brush, and emphasize the petal shapes around the edges, and adding shadows. It’s okay to leave them a bit ‘unclear’; after all, it’s meant to be a loose style. Add a bit of Lemon in the middle, for the flower centers.
BRUSHO AND STENCILS
Next, I thought I’d try out using my Brusho with a beautiful Wisteria stencil that I’ve had for a while. For the first experiment, I taped the stencil over the watercolour paper, and applied a white gloss texture paste. While the texture paste was still wet, I then sprinkled on the same Turquoise and Purple Brusho, and some Leaf Green for the top leaves.
Not quite what I was hoping for, but hey – I was experimenting with Brusho! So, after cleaning my stencil, I decided to try painting through the stencil.
To keep the Brusho from bleeding through too much, I kept very little water on my brush. I used the same Purple and Turquoise, but this time used Emerald Green, that was already in my palette.
Can you think of more ways to experiment with Brusho? You can sprinkle the colour crystals directly into the texture paste, if you’d like to colour the paste before applying it. Lifting the colour can also be done with just water, but you have to work quickly, while it’s still quite wet.
I hope that you’ll share your experiments, and continue having fun for #worldwatercolourmonth!
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