Experimenting with a New Medium
Recently I have been experimenting with Brusho Crystals which are intense colored paint crystals. If you are not familiar with Brusho, you can learn more here.
There are several ways to apply the Brusho:
- You can pre-mix the crystals on your palette with water and paint as you normally would. This gives you a flat color as in the photo above.
- You can sprinkle some onto dry paper and spritz with water and tilt the paper to move the washes around. As you can see this method creates more interesting color than the above method.
- You can pre-wet the area with water and then sprinkle some of the crystals into the wet area where they will immediately begin to disperse. I think this method is where the crystals show their magic.
Here is my first experiment using the Brusho. I first wet small sections of the background and then sprinkled in some of the crystals. In order to have them dissolve a bit more, I would tap some more water on top of them.
Next, I wet my petals with either plain water or in some areas a very light wash of yellow Brusho. I then sprinkled on some yellow crystals before it had a chance to dry.
I did the centers last, being careful to just wet the center areas and carefully sprinkle the crystals in that area alone.
This wasn’t too bad for a first try. However, I am not crazy about the colors on the petals.
Although pre-mixing your Brusho with water is the easiest to control, it is also the least interesting way to use Brusho. Also, when you rewet an area that has already been painted with Brusho, you need to rewet that entire area before dropping in any more paint or it will leave a watermark.
Sprinkling crystals and then spritzing with water is by far the most difficult way to control the outcome as the crystals will be scattered in less desired places on your painting.
For my next try, I took the following steps which gave me a fairly controlled outcome.
Then I was free to wet the background area and sprinkle in my colors. I could also spritz them when I wanted them to disperse even more. The photo below shows my piece after the background was painted and the frisket removed.
Next, I pre-mixed my Brusho with water and proceeded to paint my petals.
Here is another sketch I painted using Brusho:
As you can see, the colors are very intense. I think in the future I may like to try using the Brush Crystals for a spontaneous type landscape.
If you are interested in Brusho you may want to check out my next post on how I prepared the jars for sprinkling, labeled them, and how I store them.
I would be interested in hearing from those of you who have experimented with Brusho as you may have some tips for me since I am a “newbie” with this medium.
As always, the compositions in these exercises are copyrighted. Thanks!