Friday, 26 May 2017

Blue Anemones in Brusho with bleach by Rebecca Yoxall

Hi everyone,

I would like to share a flower painting in Brusho today. I chose the beautiful Anemones and found that the Cobolt and Purple Brusho mixed together provided me with a perfect shade. Adding flourishes with Black, Moss green and Turquiose in later stages and of course bleach!

Firstly I used an HB pencil to draw an outline of the flowers.

I then sprinkled some Cobolt and Purple onto a palette and mixed them together with a brush to produce my desired shade of blue. Painting a petal at a time I added water to dampen each petal then dropped in the colour with the brush allowing it to flow within the petal shape but leaving some areas of paper to show through. Perhaps work on alternate petals so that they don't run into each other.


Once the flowers were painted and dried I re-wet the centres only and sprinkled the Black Brusho directly onto that area. Black is a wonderful colour as it is made up of lots of different pigments and these show up when sprinkled in this way.


The next stage would be optional (as not everyone would like to use bleach) I grabbed my lovely bamboo pen and dipped it into a small amount of bleach in order to lift out some lines on the petals. I use normal household bleach but obviously take great care when using it. 

Each flower is created with varying degrees of lifting and sprinkling with the black making each one unique. 

For the background I decided to mix a very diluted purple on my palette so that it flowed very softly in suggestive leaf and foliage shapes around the flowers. Whilst that wash was still wet I sparingly sprinkled Moss green and Turquoise. I worked slowly and gradually building so that the colours remain fresh.

Finish with a flick and splatter, the odd little leaf in the moss green and maybe a bit more bleach to unify the background.

Wishing you a great day. Do leave a comment and if you have a go let us know how you got on :-)

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Vintage look on wood with Aztek Metallics craft paint by Kate


I don't have a paper project for you today; today, we will be painting a wooden box. 

I received this wodden box from a friend but never had any use for it so I decided to paint it with the Metallic Aztec Paints. Originally, the Aztec paints are not designed to be used on wood but I found out that they do work and give it an awesome vintage look!

Here is my step-by-step:

1. I painted the box with white acrylic paint. I used the heat tool for drying the paint - it really saves time.

2. Next, I took painter's tape and I made strips with it so I had guidelines where to paint (I wanted to have stripes on my box and that was the easiest way to make it).
To have a more vintage look, paint a maximum of 3 layers (with more you will loose that vintage look). Since Aztec Metallic paint is not for wood, one layer is not enough. Believe me.

3. After drying, remove the painter's tape (you can use washi as well) and here it is... a completely new box.

And here you can see, I am using my stripy box for organising dies.

Have a nice day
Kate Dachovska

Monday, 22 May 2017

Easy Brusho Art Journal by Ewelina Gryglak

It's my turn again and this time I would like to share with you an easy and fun art journal spread.
Whenever you feel the need to make something pretty but only have a couple of minutes to spare... this one is for you!

All you need is your art journal (of course!), black and white pen, stamp, black ink pad, a stencil, texture paste and 3 of your favourite Brusho powders (yes - 3, you will have to make some difficult decisions here!) - go for two analogous colours and one colour to complement them. I went for Violet and Purple and chose Yellow to complement them.

Here we go... let's do it!

Start by drawing a frame around the page with a black pen.

Stamp out some background designs - focus them mainly around the middle of the page as this is where the whole design will be focused. 

Run texture paste through a chosen stencil. you don't have to fill in the stencil completely - let it be slightly grungy; this will allow the Brusho to flow more freely, too.

You can skip this step but I always test the powders I have chosen to make sure that the colours work well together. 

Sprinkle the analogous colours (Violet and Purple) over the stencilled area and the complementary colour (Yellow) on the edges.

From a distance, delicately spray the page with water. Don't spray it too hard as this will cause the colours to blend and you will loose the spotty effect and the various shades of pigment.  

If any of the colours is not vibrant enough, sprinkle some more powder where you want it - the water already on the page will make it dissolve.

Dry it with a heat gun or, if you're patient enough, leave to air-dry.

Once completely dry, use white pen to outline some of the stencilled shapes on the background.

That's it! Quick and simple!

You can also watch the tutorial on our YouTube channel:

Thank you for joining me! Have a great day!


Saturday, 20 May 2017

Rustic House by Sarah

Hello everyone...

I have a nice little rustic house project to share with you today..

I used a paper mache house, which splits into two halves for you to transform it into a keepsake or gift box.

The first stage was to cover the whole house including a sheet of corrugated card (from an old box that I upcycled) with a coat of white gesso.

The next stage was to apply Brusho to the corrugated card, I used Moss Green, Sandstone and light brown,  spritzed with water until it looked just right, then dried with a heat tool.    Once dried it was time to repeat this process with the lid of the house.

Next step was to tackle the base, I used some texture paste and a stencil to create a pretty base for the house, that was along the lines of brick effect, but with a nice wavy twist.  Once the texture paste had completely dried I added brusho to the surface, spritzed with water and dried.

The sheet of gesso'd and brusho'd corrugated cardboard was then trimmed to size and adhered to the the roof using glue and allowed to dry ..

and there we have a fairly easy project altering a paper mache house into a lovely looking rustic mixed media house :) 

I hope you enjoyed this project and I would like to hank you so much for joining me here today on the Colourcraft Blog

Sarah x

Friday, 19 May 2017

Follow Your Heart - Art Journal Page by Susanne

Hi my dear crafty friends!

Susanne writing today and I'd like to share an art journal page process video using Brushos and the Aztec Craft Paints.
The Aztec Metallics and Aztec Lustres add an awesome shine to every project.

Enjoy watching my video:

Thank you for stopping by today!
xx Susanne.