One of the many hot new products in the crafting industry are Brusho Crystal Colours. Brusho (for short) is a highly pigmented water-based paint powder. Stampin' UP! first introduced them in the newly released 2018 Spring Occasions Catalog. Today I am sharing my first time, albeit less-than-inspiring, experience with them!
What ARE Brusho Crystal Colours?
Brusho Crystal Colours are amazingly versatile watercolor ink crystals that can be used in a variety of different ways. They are Incredibly bold and vibrant opening up a world of possibilities for painters, mixed media artists, and crafters of every level.
Totally intermixable, Brusho Crystal Colours can be used on paper, canvas, or even wood. Sprinkle them directly on a wet medium (like watercolor paper) and watch intriguing patterns appear. You can color them with a watercolor brush or Aqua Painter, or dissolve them in water and apply them with a spray bottle. The options are endless.
Manufactured in Sheffield, England, for more than 35 years, Brusho Crystal Colours are completely non-toxic and non-hazardous. However, you might wish to wear rubber gloves to protect your skin from staining.
Here are two beautiful samples that Stampin' UP! concept artists have designed to inspire you using Brusho Crystal Colours:
You might find this quick instructional video from Stampin' UP! helpful. In hindsight, I probably should have watched it myself too before trying Brusho!
Yeah! Let's do this! I began with Brilliant Red Brusho on watercolor paper:
Perfect. Step 1 complete. I have officially created a crime scene. Hmmm, this looks nothing like anything on that tutorial video! I continued on by spritzing more water and shaking more Brusho onto the paper. Now we have gone from misdemeanor bar fight to felony homicide.
Then by sprinkling orange and purple Brusho and A LOT of water (to dilute the bold colors), it was becoming less crime scene and slightly more artistic. Meh.
Then I got a new sheet of watercolor paper and tried yellow and Gamboge (orange) Brusho. In my mind, I envisioned a magnificent fall foliage inspired pattern. What I got was hazardous looking bacteria under a microscope.
Next were a mixture of blue and purple Brushos. This was a slightly better result. . .
Perhaps you're thinking, "oh, those aren't all that bad, Crystal" and I love you for that, but, let's face it, my craft desk was sopping wet and my fingers were all shades of oh-crap-this-is-never-going-to-wash-off. I took a break to eat some Oreo cookies, because you know Oreo's put everything into perspective.
8 Doublestuff's later. . . The Oreo's and I agreed that Brushos are just not "my thing" and that is perfectly okay! I don't want MY experience to discourage YOU from trying them! They are fun (IF you like messy), and bold (IF you like bright), and artsy (IF you like that I have no control) kind of way!
There are many gorgeous examples using Brusho that will continue to inspire me artistically, but, I probably won't be adding this medium to my work. Have you tried Brusho, and if so, what do you think?
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative day!