Welcome to another Blog Hop. This month is Stamping Techniques 101 Blog Hop – Brusho. This is a wonderful new product from Stampin’ Up! which is easy to use and gives the most wonderful effects. Make sure you visit all the blogs in the hop to get great tips and technique ideas as well as inspiration.
Stamping Techniques 101 Blog Hop – Brusho
Stamping Techniques 101 Blog Hop – Brusho Technique:
HOW TO USE BRUSHO
Brusho is a very versatile medium that can be used in a vast number of different ways. The beauty of Brusho is that there is very little you have to do to create stunning visual effects; you simply let the paint do the work! Follow the instructions below to discover the myriad of ways Brusho can be used to create stunning artwork. You can do this, believe me!
- You can use Liquid Brusho in a variety of different strengths to achieve different washes. Standard-strength Brusho can be used as a straight-forward painting medium to add washes of colour over a design. More diluted Brusho is excellent for producing pale washes of colour; great for painting subtle variations in the sky.For extremely intense, vibrant colours only add a very small amount of water to the Brusho. This will create stunning, bright colours!
Dry Brusho –
- You can pierce the top of the Brusho lid so the drum can act as a shaker; this allows you to gently sprinkle the dry powder onto a wet painting surface.
- Use an Aqua painter to wet the paper thoroughly. A small amount of washing-up liquid can be added to the water to assist the diffusion. Next, make sure to pierce the top of the Brusho drum and carefully shake some of the dry powder onto the painting surface. This can be done with single colours, or you can even try mixing different shades together. A little of the powder goes a long way, so you won’t need to use much! A close-grained effect can be achieved by only dampening the paper with a wet cloth, rather than applying a lot of water with a brush. If you choose this method, make sure to move the cloth in a smooth, circular motion to avoid paint following the lines of the strokes.
- Your work can be tipped at different angles to move around the washes of colour to create some great effects. Alternatively, you can dry your work flat.
Stamping Techniques 101 Blog Hop – Brusho. Stampin’ Up! Video
3. Painting –
- You can mix Brusho into infinite shades by varying the amount of water that is used to dilute the powder. The colours are also fully inter-mixable, making them very easy to experiment with. The best way to apply Brusho to your painting surface is to use a sponge or a soft squirrel or sable brush.
- Even if you have used Brusho for years, you’ll find that the more you experiment the more you discover new and exciting methods of painting! Brusho is an excellent all-purpose medium; the brilliant and even painting of Brusho make it ideal for traditional watercolour techniques.
4. Ink & Wash – Brusho is excellent for applying washes of paint to ink drawings to bring a beautiful element of colour. First of all you must make sure that your drawing has been done in a waterproof ink. Brusho can be used in a diluted mixture or sprinkled directly onto a wet surface to create interesting effects.
5. Masks – Brusho can be used to work with masks. It can be applied either with a brush or with a spray spritzer.
BRUSHO AND BLEACH
THIS TECHNIQUE IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
Some amazing results can be achieved when using Brusho with bleach. It is an excellent way of reproducing the intense brightness of stars, suns, fire, nebulae, water and wave highlights in your paintings. As this technique involves the use of bleach, it is not recommended for young children.
- Apply the bleach using a sponge for large areas of pictures or scenes; or with fine brushes or mappying pens for accurate or detailed work. Bleach can also be added to a spray bottle to create a fine mist over your painting.
- For areas which need to be pure white, apply the bleach to your picture while it is still wet.
- For areas which need to be slightly yellow/orange, apply the bleach after the painting has dried.
If you do choose to use this technique, make sure to use a set of dedicated materials that you do not mind being used with bleach, and be sure not to mix them with your usual painting tools!
Stamp you image in Versamark and emboss with any of Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Emboss Powders. White works well as in my sample above.
Heat set the image then use one of the following ways to add your Brusho –
- Mix water with a bit of Brusho sprinkled on an acrylic block or in a pain palette. Paint over image to form a background using an Aqua Painter
- Sprinkle Brusho directly onto the Watercolor Paper and over the embossed image and spray water over it using a Stampin’ Spritzer or Aqua Painter
- Spray Watercolor Paper with water then sprinkle the Brusho on and watch it spread
- Use an Aqu painter to distribute colour where you want
- Allow to dry naturally or use your heat tool
USING BRUSHO ON WOOD
THIS TECHNIQUE IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
Brusho is ideal for use on wood – producing strong yet transparent colours – thus enhancing the grain pattern on some timbers. Subtle graduation of colour and tone can be achieved through coat on coat application.
- Choose a wood which is as near as white as possible, and preferably close-grained. Birch Ply and New Pine give good results.
- To minimize the tendency of any water-based stain to raise the grain: dampen the wood, dry and rub back before application. Add up to 25% methylated spirit to the stain mix.
- Mix Brusho colours to double their normal strength
- Apply the Brusho very sparingly either by air brush, cotton, rubber or squirrel/sable brush. Using an air brush it is possible to achieve subtle graduation of colour across one piece of timber.
- Stained wood can be sealed with proprietary sealers – either polyurethane or acrylic varnish. With the latter, it is necessary to spray apply the first coat as brushing tends to stain leading to streaking.
Stamping Techniques 101 Blog Hop – Brusho Technique Tips:
- You can mix them to make other colours. If you mix more than two colours they tend to go muddy
- They are a dye and can make a mess so be careful. Use some paper towel under the surface of your paper.
- You can stamp over the top of it with one of the Archival Based Inks (Black or Gray)
- Use them with Salt or Bleach and even Starch
- Stamp an image and water colour by using Brusho mixed with water in a palette
- You can use Photopolymer Stamps and add the Brush direct to the surface, then add water by spritzing and stamp. Have the stamp right side up and place the Watercolor Paper on top. Clean your stamp in the usual way
- Always spray away from your stamping project
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