Hide, Seek and Paint with Brusho

Brusho Leaves Heather Telford

The brusho magic continues as I said it would! I keep referring to it as magic because you really don’t know what is going to appear when you spritz water and add the brusho powders. How much water, how much powder, which you do first, how much you continue to add – all these factors will affect the outcome. The unpredicability of the medium did make my live brusho periscope yesterday a little nerve wracking but I still enjoyed myself with those who were able to join me live. It will be available for a bit longer on Katch. (wish you could fast forward through the clumsy beginning; I promise it gets better!)

My process for arriving at the finished leaf card involved several steps beginning with the random scattering of warm toned powders plus a little green. I spritzed, sprinkled powder and repeated until I had pretty patterns appearing then I left it; I walked away and went and ran errands so there was no temptation to fiddle with it before it dried. When I returned I looked for leaf shapes or sections of leaves that had occurred randomly in the panel, then enhanced and completed those shapes. The painting step did take quite a while and involved stopping and starting. I tried to move the existing colour on the panel with a brush as much as possible but sometimes added a bit more brusho where needed. There were two small brown leaves that emerged in the bottom right hand corner so I painted a couple more to make a little pile. I add veins to one leaf with a craft knife then added brown paint which settled in the cuts but it turned out darker than I wanted so I switched to a watercolour pencil to add the veins to the other leaves.

The sentiment is hand drawn with pen and ink, something I have been practising lately. Unfortunately it is not easy on my hands so I can’t do too much. I did learn traditional calligraphy years ago so some of the concepts are familiar and others are new and tricky!

You may have heard that Jennifer McGuire is hosting a Share Handmade Kindness Campaign during November at present and challenging card makers to send their cards out and make a difference to someone’s day. I don’t need the reminder to do the handmaking but the actually sending through the mail is a challenge I am taking on; I want to get this card in the mail today! Susan Raihala is challenging us to make and send Gratitude cards right now also. And if you’re forging ahead with your Christmas cards don’t forget the Caring Hearts card drive.

Thanks for dropping by. There will be a break from the Brusho tomorrow while Gansai Tambi paints take the stage instead.

Medium:  Brusho powders & Faber Castell Albrect Durer watercolour pencils, Brown ink
Cardstock: Hotpressed  Fabriano paper, Epic Black Neenah cardstock

11 Comments on “Hide, Seek and Paint with Brusho”

  1. Wow, hand painted leaves done to perfection with Brushos! this is incredible, Heather! How you formed them so perfectly, I’ll never know but what a WOW factor on this one! This is absolutely stunning!

  2. Julie Blake says:

    I enjoyed the Periscope yesterday, and really love the design you were able to ‘pull’ out of the Brusho. Its beautiful and your calligraphy is lovely! TFS – Julie

  3. Jan Castle says:

    Beautifully done Heather!!!! I would have thought you stamped the leaves because everything is perfect – LOL! Love that you can -walk away- right in the middle…not an easy task! The calligraphy is a lovely touch and hope to see more.
    Paper Hugs,

  4. Kara says:

    Always soooo beautiful!

  5. Pat says:

    This is really pretty Heather and I watched your Periscope a little while ago and it is great to see how the piece has evolved. I love the caligraphy as well. x

  6. Ingrid says:

    Heather – these turned out absolutely stunning! It really was amazing to see your live periscope and this finished product – you truly are an artist! And I mean that wholeheartedly!! I hope you get some relief from your pain – swim more. 🙂 🙂

    • Heather says:

      Thank you Ingrid, thank you for your kind comments during the Periscope too, that I didn’t see until I went and read through them on the replay. It is hard to keep track of everything while scoping. I plan to swim again tomorrow; I hope it is going to help.

  7. Marianne says:

    So pretty. The transparent look of the leaf in the upper right corner is amazing!

  8. Lindsey says:

    Perfect leaf patterns. WOW.

  9. Wonderful colours and your leaves are beautiful! xxx

  10. nise says:

    LOVE this!! Your leaves and lettering are fabulous.

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