Recently I was given a gift of Brusho. I had never seen it before so I dove into it right away.
A few things you should know if you’re going to try Brusho out..
1) It stains like a stainy staining stain. I was green and blue for a good bit. Now I don’t mind being various colors and Sampson of course has a habit of being various shades of color but from what I understand some people don’t think it’s quite normal to walk around with paint and ink all over them. Be careful or wear gloves. Don’t use this over a good rug or table or what have you.
2) Don’t open the lid, tempting as it is, simply take a sharp implement, a nail or such and stab the lid with it. Do not stab yourself or anyone else.
After I punctured the top, I used little round stickers (Avery coloring coded labels for files) to close them up. It’s not necessary but for some reason I have a tonne of those stickers.
3) If you live in a humid area, you might want to get one of those silica gels things to keep in the box with them or put some rice in there. They are a crystalized salt sort of thing. I live near the Mississippi which is a muggy muddy river, I noticed within a week that it was too humid for them.
4) To activate the Brusho, you shake a bit out onto paper then spray it with water. Test your sprayer first. The first one I used was so powerful, it shot the crystals all over the place. The second was too weak and made puddles. I did find a purse sized one that had had eye glass cleaner in it and that worked well.
5) A little bit goes a long long way. Do some tests to see how much you want to use. It’s pretty vivid and of course mixing complementary colors will get you mud. Complementary colors are colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel..green and red, blue and orange, purple and yellow and so on.
6)You can use it as a fine art sort of watercolor by dropping a little bit in a palette well and adding water. I did not do that. I did watch youtube videos about it. There’s a good tutorial here for a fine art landscape. This lady’s youtube channel shows how to use it more for crafts like card making.
I used a white crayon to make a quick line drawing. I then sprinkled some of the Brusho on and sprayed it. I use the thingy that blows dust off my camera lens to move some of the colors around. The whole thing took maybe five minutes.
I also used some on a sketch that I hadn’t finished. That made for a fun effect.
It was entertaining to use but a bit of a pain in the ass.
I also decided to take up lino cutting. I did it once ages ago in high school. I remembered loving it.
Plus I had a coupon.
This is my test piece, it’s 6×2 inches.
Then I went a little crazy..
And I ran out of paper so I printed on the Brusho..
I need to get more paper.
Lots and lots of paper!
See you soon.
©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2017
8 thoughts on “Brusho, Lino carving and other ways to muck your hands up..”
Lovely samples of how Brusho looks on paper…but you didn’t give us any pictures of how it turns out on hands!
Thanks! I’m betting I’ll have more chances of taking photos of dyed fingers since I know even though I warned other people that I’ll forget the gloves! 🙂
Love, love, love it Virginia! Vera has a similar watercolor powder she uses and I tried it and had fun being spontaneous with it. We’ll schedule a meetup soon.
Sounds fun!! Hope you’re feeling well. 🙂
Hi ya Virginia. It sounds like you had a lot of fun with Brusho! Well it looks like it and I’d consider it successful and I’d leave the hands to the imagination LOL.
Jim (still unsorted with wetcanvas and have given up trying)
Never heard of Brusho till I got to your post 🙂 Thanks for sharing. It looks great, so wanna ty it out now.
Thank you for sharing. The final result was beautiful.