Friday 31 August 2018

Gerty the Giraffe by Rebecca Yoxall

Thanks for joining us on the Colourcraft blog. It's been a busy few weeks for me since my last post. There's been lots of painting and drawing and I've had my tin of Brusho out as much as possible, as well as preparing for my Solo exhibition 'For the love of colour'. Lots of my Brusho artworks are part of the collection of work. Well of course how could they not be when 'bright colours' are the main focus of my show :-)
I also had a fantastic visit to Chester Zoo to draw some of the animals so what better subject to write a tutorial about than a Giraffe!

Here's some of my sketches from my Zoo visit

I drew out this one below larger scale on a good quality sheet of hot pressed watercolour paper.

I used lots of the natural/neutral shades of Brusho including Light Brown, Dark Brown, Burt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Terracotta and Sandstone. 

Using the Brusho like watercolour I washed in lots of delicate pale (highly diluted with water) shades.

Then gradually built up the colours in layers to capture more detail around the mouth, ear and Ossicones (horns). I allowed each layer to dry to get maximum depth of shading.

Once all the grounding layers were dry I then added the Giraffes spots using pale mixtures first and then dropping darker washes in whilst wet so that the spot colours graded rather than looking flat.

I tried to get as much variety in the spot colours as possible without them looking too over the top. And by making some of the spots on the top of the head light and some dark at the back of the head  it gives an impression of light and shade.

I finished the painting with a turquoise wash. I mixed up the colours in a palette to keep them pale and fluid and sprinkled some of the Brusho on sparingly whilst the background was still wet.

My solo exhibition is running until 6th September at Abda Ltd, Crown street, Northwich, Cheshire.

Here are some of my sketchbook pages from my Zoo visit.

Wednesday 29 August 2018

Powder to Stamp Techniques by Karen

One of my favourite stamping techniques with Brusho Crystal Colours is applying the powder directly to the stamp, picking up the colour with my finger and rubbing it on the stamp before misting with water and then stamping the colours.  I love the watercolour effect, the ability to use one or several colours together and the random effect: You never know quite what you'll get! These techniques can be used as a background or to create lovely embellishments and focal points. Whether the result is a crisp detailed image, a more watery one with less detail or a second generation ghost print, I always love the effect.

EDIT: An unforeseen trip away caused difficulty uploading my quick (3 mins) video but it is now available. I hope you find it useful as, like most techniques,  it is easier to demonstrate than explain!

Some tips:
  • I've used watercolor paper but it doesn't need to be very heavy weight as there is no water being applied to the paper, only to the stamp. Avoid paper with lined texture as the lines will show.
  • Be very careful protect your work surfaces and floor from any stray powder that might fall when stamping and misting.
  • The powders can stain transparent stamps: I find it best to use rubber stamps and give them a good wash under running water afterwards. Be careful not to contaminate your ink pads with colour that might otherwise stay on your stamps! 
For now, the cards I've created could be used as notecards or, with text or embellishments added, could be used for a range of events. I'll keep them in my stash for when I need a quick card knowing these are available.

 I added a few brush strokes to this panel.

One these panels I stamped and repeated the stamp slightly lower to the right then misted the stamp again and stamped again on the second panel, again repeating the stamp slightly lower to the right: Four impressions from one lot of powder.
All stamps used in these examples are from PaperArtsy.

Thanks very much for joining us today. Is this a technique that you've tried already. As always, I'd love to see your creations: Please leave a comment with where we can see your work.

Monday 27 August 2018

Positive Affirmations with Ewelina

Hey, arty people! It's time to share my second instalment for the August collab between Colourcraft C&A Ltd and Crafty Roo Designs - a positive affirmations canvas.

I started by building the first layer of texture using two Crafty Roo stamps - Code and Harlequin.

The second layer was to add a mandala design - texture paste through a stencil.

Now it's colour time. I started from the outer circle and worked my way in.
First red, then turquoise, finished with Lime green and SprinkleIT.
I dried each layer of colour before adding the next one.

Make sure that you allow enough time to completely dry SprinkleIT - you can see the difference between the wet and completely dry product in the first and second pic above.
Now all you need to do is keep adding Brusho and water until you achieve the desired depth of colour. If you think you've gone too far, spray some water over it and dab it out with a paper towel - this will remove excess pigment and lighten up the shade.

To finish, I used one of the phrases from the April 2018 Monthly Make Stamps Only kit - I embossed it using bright green Ranger powders to contrast with the pink/red background.
I also drew a frame using a white pen.

And that's it! My bright positive affirmation mandala is ready to be displayed on one of the widows in my kitchen - you know, to keep me going while I'm washing the dishes...

Don't forget to visit our shop and grab some last minute August bargains!!!

Take care!


Saturday 25 August 2018

Poly Plate Printing with Brusho

Hi Everyone!

Sarah here with you today on the blog and I have a trio of fun foxy cards to share with you and also this month we are teaming up with Crafty Roo Designs featuring their fabulous stamps!

These cards are super simple to make and you can have so much fun making backgrounds using your Crafty Roo Poly Plate as a Printing plate.

I also feature this cute Freida the fox stamp from Crafty Roo

Step one : I took some white acrylic primer and sprinkled some brusho on top and mixed well with a pallete knife to create custom paints to use with the poly plate and create unique backgrounds, this process was repeated for each different colour.

Step 2 - using a brayer I applied the custom paints to the poly plate and used various stencils and stamps to create my backgrounds.

Step 3 - Once all my backgrounds were complete I stamped Freida the fox onto 3 different coloured backgrounds and fussy cut around the stamped outline

 Step 4 - time to assemble the cards
Freida the fox was stuck down onto a piece of white cardstock measuring 4.5" x 4.5" 
The next layer, a piece of dark brown cardstock was cut to 4.75" x 4.75"
The card base measures 5.75" x 5.75"

I hope you enjoyed today's cards and I look forward to seeing you all next time here on the Colourcraft Blog

Sarah x

Friday 24 August 2018

Quick and Easy Greeting Card by Susanne

Hi my dear Brusho Friends!

Susanne writing today and I have to share a quick and easy greeting card today.

To create the design I started with some watercolour paper where I applies Brushos with a piece of accetate (from an old packaging). I picked the colours Alizarin Crimson, Sea Green and Gamboge. After the background was dry I stamped the flowers (stamp from STAMPlorations) and the greeting with Memento Dye Ink (Tuxedo Black). To let the flowers pop even more I colored some areas with Alcohol Markers. You can also use coloured pencils! This will add an interesting texture to your image.
I didn't have a yellow cardbase at home, so I decided to make my own. I picked a simple white card base and sprayed it with the Yellow Brusho Acrylic Mist! This is a super and easy way to create individual cards.

I hope you like my card!
Have a wonderful weekend!
xx Susanne.


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