Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Scrapbooking with Brusho Crystal Colours by Karen

I often create my own backgrounds on my scrapbook pages or albums using Brusho powders, building up the strength of colour where I want it and to match or contrast with my photos. This page also gives me the opportunity to explain a bit more of how I use embossing ink to hold the colour from the powder in patterns on the paper.

In my last post <here> I used a stamp and transparent embossing ink to hold the Lemon Brusho in a striped pattern: On this page I sponged embossing ink through a stencil, roughly in the centre of my 12" x 12" watercolour paper. I hope you can see that in the photo below:

Then I sprinkled Leaf Green Brusho over the ink and other parts of the page and pounced the powder on to the ink with a paintbrush. The humidity of the ink immediately starts to activate the colour:

When I then misted the page with water, the colour remained strongest in the pattern I had stenciled. I love this technique for adding texture and pattern to papers.

I laid out the other elements I was thinking of using on my page and, roughly following the colours in my photos, decided to add Brushos to colour some of these. I livened up the plain grey postage tag with some tone-on-tone Grey Brusho: I misted the tag with water, sprinkled some colour and created a border by dragging a paintbrush round the edges spreading out some of the colour there.

I also used 3 different tones - Gamboge, Light Brown and Dark Brown - to colour my die cut bird and branch. Again misting water and sprinkling colour and this time using a paintbrush in a circular motion to make sure all the paper was covered without making the colours too uniform. I worked over another piece of paper that I used to die cut the word 'ensemble' (together) from.

I coloured a further piece of paper with Leaf Green Brusho and die cut leaves to transform my bare branch in to something better resembling springtime. A few additions of scrapbook paper and a stamped and written label and my page is ready for the album!
Thanks for passing today. I'll leave you with a few detail shots:

Monday, 21 May 2018

Simple square vase with Ewelina

You know when you decorate a room and the colours you've chosen make it almost impossible to find decor that will match? Well... that's exactly what I've done to my kitchen... 
With Prussian Blue accent walls and magenta splashbacks... the struggle is real!!!

There was no other option but to put my arty skills into action and make things happen!
You might remember the abstract canvas I made some time ago - they match the kitchen's colour scheme perfectly. 
Now, it was time to use a White Square Vase I got from Country Baskets - I need something to put flowers in!!!

I started by using stencils (my own design) and Archival Inks to create background for the colour.
I overlaid two stencils making sure that the patterns flows around the vase.

The second step was adding the watercolour effect - I did that one side at a time.
Randomly, sprinkle just a little bit of Brusho in Alizarin Crimson and SprinkleIT Iridescent Flash on the side; from far, mist the side with water allowing for the pigment to create watercolour effect but not flow all over the vase. Make sure you dry each side thoroughly before moving to the next one - otherwise, you'll end up with unexpected blotches of colour.

That's it! Quick and easy and... pretty!!! But most of all, it actually matches my kitchen!!! Yay!

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