Monday 30 April 2018

2018 to 2019 ColourCraft Design Team Day 1

Happy Monday! It is a sad and a happy day for us over at Colourcraft today as we are both saying goodbye officially to the super talented Katka, Terri and Katie, but we are saying a big hello and welcome to 4 new fabulous designers.

To celebrate the super talent of these 3 amazing ladies, who we hope will be back real soon with some guest posts for us we have decided to run a giveaway. To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on either the 2 facebook posts (today and tomorrow) or the 2 blog posts (today and tomorrow) to be in with a chance. Want to enter twice? no problem leave one comment per day, maximum number of entries per person is 2. Giveaway closes Friday 4th May at 8pm GMT. Winner will be announced on Saturday 5th of May.

So now we have said our goodbyes it is time for the hello's! We have a big warm welcome to the returning amazing Ewelina and Bec, and an even bigger hello to the fabulous two new talented artists Suzi and Karen!

You already know Ewelina is an amazing mixed media artist and Bec is our super talented painter and teacher but just in case you are new to us, you can click on their names above and it will show you all the work and tutorials they have made for us.

You can also find Ewelina's blog HERE and Instagram HERE.

You can also find Bec's facebook page HERE and Instagram HERE.

Suzi is coming onto the team bringing her wealth of knowledge of card making, mixed media and art. You can find her personal blog HERE and her amazing Instagram feed HERE.

Karen is coming onto the team as a fully experienced teacher and crafter with such a wide range of skills they are too many to list! You can find her personal blog HERE and her super cool Instagram feed HERE.

Tune back in tomorrow, same time same place to find out who the final 4 are!

Friday 27 April 2018

Silverbirch trees by Rebecca Yoxall

Happy Friday!

It's my turn on the blog again today and I am sharing a little painting of Silverbirch trees that I created using Brusho and wax resist. Wax resist is such a great method for retaining white paper or light areas and adding texture. 

I began by grabbing a piece of  good quality watercolour paper and using a pencil drawing out the tree shapes and a few branches. Once I was happy with the composition I added wax to the tree trunks in a random pattern. pressing quite hard with the wax stick filling some areas fully and leaving other bits untouched to represent the white areas of bark on each tree. I also placed a range of lines representing branches using a lighter pressure for a less intense line.

This may be difficult to see until the colours go on the top. 

Here I have sprinkled Yellow, Purple and ultramarine Brusho colours directly onto dry paper and then sprayed with a water spray to diffuse and dilute the crystals.

With a brush I have gently painted to the bottom of the tree line for a more solid washed in appearance.

After waiting for the first part to dry I repeated the same method for the ground/grass/moss using the Yellow and Ultramarine.

After diluting with the water spray I used my brush to further blend the colours building an array of green shades and sprinkling more of the colours to make a denser shade.

This already looked quite interesting but I wanted to give the appearance of grass, mossy stones and shadows so I layered up by sprinkling and dragging more colour across in sections and scratching lines upwards with a plastic palette knife.  


This was also the point where I threw in some extra trees in the background using a mix of Ultramarine and Dark Brown before continuing with some Black Brusho that I had mixed on a palette. Painting the dark flecks and markings on the tree bark really starts to show the effectiveness of the wax.

Each tree can be painted slightly differently with some darker and lighter shades depending on how much water is added to the black Brusho mix.

My final finishing touches included some extra branches with a small brush give more dimension and help bring the piece together. Also some splatters with white paint. The wax has worked for both the effect of the solid white tree bark and fine branches.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a lovely day. See you on the blog again soon.

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Happy layout by Kate

this is my last project for Colourcraft. It was amazing year but it is also time to go on to new crafty adventure. As my farevell project I made layout with our younger dog Dobby, sharpei 1,5 years old. It is quite simple layout where for background I used Brusho acrylic sprays. I did not use many mediums because my paper was quite thin. Thank you very much for your time which you spent by our projects.

Have a nice day

Monday 23 April 2018

Watercolour Place cards/Thank You cards with Ewelina

For today's post, I wanted to make something easy, clean but pretty and quite effective at the same time. I also wanted to use my new stamps - I am working on improving my stamping game, you know.

Stamping and using Brusho, as pretty as it was, didn't seem to be enough for me here because I wanted the cards to be used either as place cards or as mini Thank You cards - they needed to be able to stand on their own so they had to be folded one way or another...

Then it hit me - I will fussy cut the top half of the image to stick out after the card is folded horizontally in half! Yay! 

Here's the tutorial:

Hope you like the idea.
Have a great day and see you next time!

Saturday 21 April 2018

Plant your own garden of happiness

Hi Everyone,

Sarah here with you today with my final blog post for the current year, I have to say it has been a pleasure to be here creating fun projects with fabulous products and working alongside some very talented designers.   I am delighted to say I have been asked to stay on to be part of the 2018-19 Design Team.

On to my project... I made a triptych of Arches, with a honeycombe and bee theme..

Step 1
I took some bare Tando Creative chipboard arches and assembled them with matte medium to create a frame around the outside edge

Step 2
Apply a layer of gesso to the front, back and sides of your chipboard pieces and dry with a heat tool.

Step 3
Apply Brusho acrylic mist sprays to your arches and dry in between layers until you have it the way you want it to look.

Step 4
I used a stamp set from Sticker Kitten called Bee Garden and stamped a honeycombe around the frame of the triptych with Archival ink in the colour Potting Soil, then dried with my heat tool, I also used a script stamp in the inside of the frames using the same ink.
Step 5
I added some wooden bee embelishments from the same Sticker Kitten Bee Garden range to the edges and centre and finished off with some clear stickers giving the Triptych it's name

I hope you enjoyed this fun little project, and thank you all for your support and comments over the last year, take care
Sarah x

Friday 20 April 2018

Stamping with Brushos - Cardmaking Video Tutorial by Susanne

Hi everyone!

I am sharing a clean and simple greeting card today. Instead of normal stamping ink I used Brushos to stamp my main image.

On top of the feather I used some gold Aztec Metallic paint to add some highlights. The different colour splatters finish up the composition.

Enjoy watching the video:

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a wonderful weekend!
xx Susanne


Tim Holtz Stamping Platform
Feather stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps!

Wednesday 18 April 2018

Break The Rules Art Journal Page

Hi all

I am back with a art journal page using Brusho Powders. I wanted to create an art journal page that was a bit different.

I used a stencil to create the face shape and then i added texture using different mediums.

I then added Orange, Lemon and Red Brusho Crystal Powders over the top and let the colours blend.

I then used a die cut to make the words anf painted them. I added decorative sand to parts of the background to add more texture.

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