Now that there seems to be so much interest in Brusho, and some of the Brusho Queens (moniker started by Pat), are getting their orders of Brusho, I thought I'd share some tips I've learned, and open a forum for us all to communicate through! In the near future I will post "tutorials" showing how I created different effects, and I would love to see the same from those of you also playing with Brusho!

1.  Don't open the lids, I pierce mine, then you sprinkle like a salt shaker. With one hole I'm able to put it into pans for adding water, I can tap it into the spray bottle and I can sprinkle it directly onto wet and dry paper!

2.  I use 140 lb watercolour paper with Brusho because of the amount of water involved. (most especially when you sprinkle onto dry paper and spray with water)

3.  Have LOTS of water and paper towels ready. You can use a lot of water with Brusho, so have it at the ready! This consequently means that you'll need lots of paper towels to mop up as you go!

4.  Use plastic over your work surface.  I use 6 mm vapour barrier poly. I also let it drape to the floor between the table and myself, no unhappy accidents if crystals fall onto stuff stored under your work surface (I store all my WIP's under the table and would hate to get it wet next session and find a brand new surprise colour on it!).

When and if you purchase Brusho, there should be a pamphlet in with your pots of Brusho crystals, it's small but informative!

Here are a few works with Brusho, these 5 are Brusho backgrounds,

with Sakura Micron and Zentangle became this,

This was a fun project for a First Birthday present,

Using a black wax crayon and Brusho,

There is so much more you can do with this! To think it's paint in primary school in the UK (lucky kids!) More coming soon, and please add your thoughts, tips, etc.! happy playing! Jo

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Wow, what an awesome writeup Jo. The colors look outstanding.  I haven't read the pamphlet yet. Trying to get things done here, bad storms. My one dog is sitting on my feet, freaked

Thanks Pat! I know what you mean about the dog and thunderstorms! Over the years we've had 4 with issues, one currently. I think George is getting better about it, partly because his hearing's going!

Good morning Brusho Queens! Here are a couple of links to some Brusho videos with Joanne Boon Thomas (she's the Brusho Secrets Queen, LOL) In the first link you'll see her paint a vase of poppies from her Brusho Secrets course.  This is the same as the first Brusho painting I did, found in my Artwork.

This next video is a 7 minute lesson on positive tree painting,

left: crystals on dry paper, middle: crystals on wet paper, right: diluted crystals brushed onto paper (turquoise)

then this is the two green crystals sprinkles on wet,

And here's the turquoise dry, (notice I got some sprinkle overflow when I did the Scarlet), with some scarlet and the emerald once dry too,

Enjoy everyone! I hope this whets your appetites for what you can do with Brusho! Happy playing! Jo

You had me laughing with the good're going to be a great Brusho teacher'll watch the videos in a little while, have to get some things done around here first...thanks

Jo, what do you use to pierce the lid?

I'm using a corn cob 'fork', because the tines are metal. In the video link it looked like Joanne used a metal skewer.
Check out this link to the Beautiful Brusho Moments on Facebook where you can see some paintings with Brusho. I went into the photos as well as scrolling through the timeline. This was just started July 22, 2013.

This is brilliant, Jo !! Can't wait to get mine,Thanks for sharing all this info !!!!!!

You're welcome Sharon. I figure that any tips on how not to waste your product or ruin your dining room table are necessary at the beginning!
sharon oppenheimer said:

This is brilliant, Jo !! Can't wait to get mine,Thanks for sharing all this info !!!!!!

so, what is Brusho?

Kenneth, this is directly from the Colourcraft Ltd website. They're the manufacturer.
What is Brusho?
BRUSHO is a form of transparent watercolour available in an extensive range of exciting colours, supplied in small drums containing dry, crystalline powder. They mix instantly with cold water to produce a painting medium that is renowned for its versatility. The colours lend themselves ideally for the production of a variety of hues, tints and shades by mixing, dilution or concentration, or by the superimposition of washes.

Brusho is unique and many of the effects can be achieved in no other way. Even after many years of Brusho painting, new possibilities will still be found for this highly interesting product.

My note: Please also note that Brusho is permanent once dried. BUT there are ways around that. If the painting is only just dry you can use a brush and clean water to remove some of the paint. To get back to white paper, I use OLD BRUSHES and bleach. Look at some of the links above to see some Brusho paintings.

Kenneth A. Haines said:

so, what is Brusho?

Tried this yesterday, so thought I'd post a quick tutorial.  I don't know that this is done yet, but wanted to show the steps that got here.In the first step, I used a light box to draw in the leaf veins with a clear crayon, and a light pencil drawing around each leaf. In the second step I used red, orange and yellow crayons to define each leaf. In the third step I used three colours, lemon, orange and brilliant red. Each color was mixed into a small spray bottle, and these were used to create all over coverage. While this was still wet, I also sprinkled some crystals directly onto the paper, within the leaf shape. Then this was left to dry (third picture is once dry). In the fourth step, I diluted Brusho and using a brush added more colour to the leaves and left to dry. This is as far as I've gotten so far. I don't know whether to leave it here or do some painting in the background!?

Happy playing with Brusho!

Nice Jo...I played around with it a little yesterday. Going to see what I can do with it

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