Monday, 14 September 2015

Techniques with Brushos

Having been asked by PA to play with Brushos, how could I refuse. As they are so versatile, I've decided to show you some techniques rather than the end product, so here goes.

So the first technique involves cling film and a mica based spray product, I'm using Perfect Pearls Mist. Sprinkle a few colours of brusho onto your card.

Spritz with the Perfect Pearls.

And cover with the cling film.

After about 10 minutes, carefully peel the cling film off and you will be left with something like this. The mica has settled and dried in the creases of the cling film.

For the next technique you need to in effect make an ink pad but instead of using ink, we are going to use bleach to lift off the colour. You need a container larger than your stamp, put a bit of bleach in the bottom and use a bit of water to dilute it, place kitchen roll in to make your pad, you do not want this saturated, you just want the kitchen roll to be slightly wet.

So when you lift your stamp out you'll be able to see how wet it is, you don't want it sopping wet.

Then just use it like you would an inked stamp and watch the colour disappear.

I stamped some images from the Hot Picks 1503 plate and used a white sharpie pen. The background script stamp is from the ESN03 plate.

Close up of the bleached stamping and white pen work.

This tag was spritzed with water and turquoise and light brown Brushos were sprinkled on, once dried I added the images in timber brown stazon ink. 

I have a pot and a brush dedicated to the bleach which I slightly watered down.

Picked some areas to remove the colour and used the paint brush to bleach it out.

Close up of the original.

And the bleached out version.

The next technique is stamping with the Brushos. Sprinkle a couple of colours onto your craft sheet and spritz with water.

Lightly dip your stamp into the wet Brushos and simply stamp.

I have found that the bolder stamps work better.

Close up of the bolder style stamp images.

And finally I added the images from Hot Picks 1503 with purple stazon.

And the last technique includes using stencils.

Sprinkle some colours of Brusho onto your stencil.

Spritz with water.

Carefully pull the stencil off.

You can buy Brusho thickener which enables you to use Brusho as a paste, so I decided to see what happened when I mixed it with Goldens regular medium. I pulled some out the tub, sprinkled some Brusho on and mixed it together, it mixed really well.

Scraped it through the stencil.

And peeled it off. It dried really quickly too.

And again using the same Hot Picks plate I added some images and used gathered twig distress ink to add more colour.

So there you have it, a few techniques of using Brushos. I hope you'll have a go and join in with this weeks PaperArtsy challenge which is pigment powders.


Helen said...

Great techniques, Sam, some really cool ones I've not tried before. The choice of stamps you've used are perfect.

Mac Mable said...

Thank you for giving me more inspiration and more ways to use Brushos. They do seem endless and looking forward to giving them a play, thanks again x

Chris Cresswell said...

Wow Sam! You kept this under your hat. What a fabulous post on the PA blog but mainly on your own blog. I love what you've done here. I really like the purple tag. You've used so many techniques this can't help but inspire! Love how those colours mingle. Fab work.

Deborah Wainwright said...

Fantastic Sam, great techniques especially the cling film one although liked them all. Not really experimented much with pigments although now i definitely will. Thank you for sharing. Hugs Debs xx

butterfly said...

Very cool post over at PA - and even more ideas here - fab!
Alison xx

Lesley Ebdon said...

Love all these techniques and your tags Sam! Fab step by steps. I love the stamping with Brusho one.....gorgeous!

Lesley Xx

Penny Butler said...

Wow! Wow! I absolutely loved all these Brusho projects :) I am still dipping my toes into the Brusho pool so you have really inspired me! TFS Penny

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Stunning project Sam!! Thank you for the tutorial of four wonderful types of Brusho playing. I love all. Of course, I knew the Brusho from on your blog. xx

hazel said...

Fabulous Brusho samples and great techniques.
xxx Hazel.

chrissie said...

Amazing Sam and always great to see just how you make things..thanks for sharing

Love Chrissie xx

Sarah B said...

Thank you for such clear instructions and pictures - I might get out the unopened Brushos I have now I seen this xx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Wow! You really have shown how versatile Brushos are! I am totally inspired by these great ideas and Brushos are now on my wish list. xx

Deborah said...

Congrats on creating for Paper Artsy, Sam. Love all the different things you've done with the brushos (esp the purple tag!)

Susan White said...

Some fantastic ideas here Sam - thanks for sharing. Can't wait for the tourist season to be over, and to get some serious time in my craft room!!! Susan x

laury55 said...

thanks for all those ideas with the brushos!!!! love your work

Karen Petitt said...

Thank you Sam. I've been wondering what that powder that came with my starter set is for! I have picked up some great ideas here and hope to be able to play some time this week. I have done a faux bleach stamped technique before because I don't like the smell of bleach but I love what you've done here. Thank you so much for sharing your experiments Karen x

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