Friday, 15 August 2014

Brushos and Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge

A couple of weeks ago I joined in with one of the latest crafting fads 'fun things to do' and bought a set of Brushos. For those who don't already know, they are little drums of highly pigmented water colour ink powder - and when they come into contact with water/moisture the results are amazing! You can use them for water colour painting, ink and wash, stencilling, wax resist - the list goes on. For my first play I just did a 'spray and sprinkle':
I used:

- 5" x 7" white card blank

- a piece of Crafter's Companion 300gsm water colour card (I'd forgotten I had that!), a Ranger Mini Mister and just three or four of the Brusho colours. First I liberally sprayed the water colour card with water and then very gingerly tapped a teeny bit of the colours here and there onto the damp card (safest way is to poke a hole in the top of the little pots and use them much like pepper pots). Then I misted a bit more - and that's the result above :) 

- after being left to dry naturally, I trimmed the piece of water colour card and then divided it into three, mounting each rectangle onto a mat of deep pink card stock

- those were popped onto the card blank - then I sat and gawped for a couple of days, unsure how to finish such a vibrant explosion of colours

- white won the day - die cut 'smile' from Penny Black's 'Hooray' set plus four small butterflies die cut/embossed using SU's 'Beautiful Wings' Embosslits

- final touch - a few small pink gems on each butterfly

Gosh that was a fun first try, what's amazing is that each 'colour' is actually made up of several colours so when the water hits them they spread out like a little explosion.

Care is needed when using Brushos as they will stain if you have any mishaps. I just used some newspaper to protect the desk, an apron, kitchen roll and disposable latex gloves. I don't believe you need to work outside (say in the garden) - I'm the clumsiest crafter around yet I managed fine.

As this really reminds Len of a Summer garden, I chose to add butterflies so I can enter it over at Mrs A's current Butterfly Challenge where the theme is (appropriately) 'Summertime Butterflies'.

Di
x

28 comments:

  1. Smashing make with your brusho experiment. I bought some recently too ... AND stained my hands - too impatient for gloves!

    Kathyk

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  2. Gorgeous! Love the depth of colour achieved and the white for the butterflies and the Hello sentiment is perfect!!!

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  3. "WOW" Di l must try this your card is absolutely amazing and the butterflies add that finishing touch love how you used 3 panels too so beautiful x

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  4. Di !!!!! This is amazing, so beautiful. It really is an explosion of colour but so pretty. And what a very fine first go you made here. Well done my friend. It doesn't show at all that it's your first time with this amazing product. LOVE IT.
    Hugs, Veerle xxx

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  5. Gorgeous result Di, aren't they fab, only just got mine, fun, fun, fun LOL XXX

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  6. What an outstanding effect Di. The white die cuts look brilliant!! xx

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  7. Whaddya mean "fad"? Don't you mean "ADDICTION"????

    Absolutely LOVE the result you got here and how you kept embellishments to a minimum to let that beautiful background shine in its own right.

    SUPERB!

    Happy Friday Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  8. I love that background. I am frustrated because I am still waiting for my brushos to arrive. I think they may have been slowed down at customs, and today is a bank holiday so they won't be coming until at least Monday now. It sounds as though I had better turn off the fan when I do get to use them! I hope I manage something at least half as good as yours. It's a super first 'go'. Kate x

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  9. Wow Di! Talk about going off with a bang! Great job and that pink works wonders.
    Hugs
    xx

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  10. Hello Di, this is fabulous - the explosion of colour was certainly worth all those precautions you took! The choice of matting and gems picks out the pink perfectly and I do like your die-cut 'Smile'. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

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  11. Beautiful! I used to use Brusho a lot with the children in school. I must get some to play around with at home! x

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  12. Naughty Di! I'm trying hard to resist succumbing to temptation then you go and post this stunning creation!

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  13. Looks fab.
    Honestly, do I need some?
    :)

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  14. Lovely Miss just lovely! Reaon I went out in the gardn is cos box there is a rack of The Doc',s jackets behind me left shoulder and didn't want to get into trouble. Thankyou for fluttering by . Hugs Mrs A.

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  15. I love your colour explosion, and the matting and die cuts compliment it perfectly.
    I really must invest in some of these paints. I love the die cut Smile as well!!
    Jean x

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  16. Hello Di,

    The colors are amazing! Very beautiful.

    Hugs,
    Kay

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  17. I hope you're on commission, cos I've just ordered some after seeing this fabulous card! (Never heard of them before, where have I been?)

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  18. This is gorgeous! Moving those paints higher up my wish list...

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  19. Gorgeous colours and love the 3 panels, very well done for getting it looking perfect on your first go.

    Kath x

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  20. The white elements look great on that fabulous background you created! It looks like it was fun to make :)

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  21. I was so strong after Sarn and Eileen showing their beautiful creations! I still have a lot of paints and mediums to use up was my reason for not partaking.
    B###er that I just ordered a starter set lol! Serious enablement post but after seeing your beautiful creation I just had to have them! So lucky I still had some birthday money left - can't wait to get painty! Karen xx

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  22. What fun! It looks a fab product, don't think it is available here though!

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  23. Oh my, this is just gorgeous Di. I had never heard of Brushos until Sarn and you started writing about them, and now I have an urge to find some.

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  24. Can you hear me saying "WOW"? This is lovely, and I love the trio look. Perfect for Mrs A's challenge, and I will have to google these Brushos! Well done, Miz Pixie. Love it! Hugs & Happy wkend. Working on my TCBH post this afternoon. Say a little prayer for me LOL!

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  25. I'm not familiar with that product, but wow, it sure made magic! Love your card! Looks like I wasn't officially following you, either, but I am now. I use Feedly & had you in there.

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  26. Wow this is just amazing can't believe how simple it sounds to use those powders but amazing results! Love it!
    Lucy x

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  27. Wow ... gorgeous! Just arrived here via Shirley's blog after she mentioned your beautiful card using Brushos. Looks like I'll be adding this to my wish list :) Loll xx

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