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Brusho. In. SPACE! Brusho control tips

 

Brusho. In. SPACE! Brusho control tips

As a kid I was a huge Muppet fangirl. Especially of the PIGS IN SPACE! segments. So….here’s an ode to the show (that has pretty much nothing to do with Pigs in Space!) When this space stamp set came across my little world, well…..yeah. I had to go there! With Brusho, too. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The intensity of color in Brusho pigments is really pretty amazing. While it’s a product that needs practice – it’s well worth it for the effect!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Brusho Flowers: Concord & 9th Pretty Petals

Brusho Flowers: Concord & 9th Pretty Petals

If you want to paint pretty flowers, but need a little nudge – this stamp set has some perfect images to get you rolling along. I’m using Brusho, though you can use other paints – but it’s easier, from my experience, to loosen up with Brusho. Note that though I wasn’t sure in the voiceover, I was using a 12 to get huge petals like this. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The second card uses the other stamp – but basically the same painting technique.

The surface I work on with Brusho is the Craft Assistant – very easy to clean up, and that’s important with watercolor powders! The three colors I used on these cards are Turquoise, Purple, and a little Gamboge. See supply links below.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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24 Tags of Christmas 2016: Brusho Lights

Day three in the 24 Tags of Christmas week brings none other than Brusho – watercolor powders! If you want more info on the powders, there’s a playlist HERE.

Brusho Lights

These tags are super easy to make – and your kids could make a lot of ornaments you can use for your holiday cards, too! The String of Lights dies are really sweet, and the watercolor powders add a strong pop of color and an artsy feel. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I was so surprised to find that using a little brusho on a bag – a bag with a plastic coating, no less – worked! You need to be gentle with water, but it’s really pretty!sandy-allnock-24tags16-3a

You can see all the tags from all years in the 24 Tags of Christmas Gallery!

Giveaway

Tradition is to give away the 24 tags…I’ll pick 24 winners from blog posts and YT comments, so leave some love and maybe you’ll win! Woohoo!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Mermaid Week #3: Watery Glass Dome

Mermaid week continues…this time with watery brusho!

Watery Glass Dome

Brusho was an obvious choice to use for such a “wet” subject matter! I love to find creative ways to paint with these powders. While it may not have gone as I originally planned—I plowed through. Let me know what you think! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Sandy Allnock Mermaid for you Lawn Fawn

And here’s the promised color chart if you’d like to pick out a few colors:

Sandy Allnock brusho color chart

Color-alongs this weekend!

On Sunday I’ll be online live, coloring the Greeting Farm mermaids below – you can download the digis and get them printed out, and be ready to color! I’ll be using Copics but you can use whatever medium you want, of course.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for all the mermaid cards (just so they’re easy to find); supplies for today’s card are in bold. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Painting animal stamps with Brusho

Painting animal stamps with Brusho

Many just make backgrounds with watercolor powder – but Brusho is so much more powerful! The cute set from My Favorite Things is called Forest Friends – and the stamps are larger and have great open spots for a technique like this, too. Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

Aren’t these sweet little stamps?

Sandy Allnock - Painting animal stamps

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Liquid Metal Petals

A number of you asked about the metallics – here you go!

Liquid Metal Petals

The video for today is super short – travel season is coming and I wanted to get this one out quick! I’ll be teaching with the Liquid Metals and Colorburst, so I figured it’s a perfect time to get this out there to those who can’t be there. (This is NOT what is being taught in class, but you can sorta play along with your own project!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

There’s a video coming soon with a painting created using these metals with a little Colorburst – I was disappointed there was no shimmer left at all in the painting. Bummer! So if you find you’re not getting this much shine, just use less of other products. Or put drops of this on top of whatever you’ve already got going on.

Sandy Allnock Liquid Metal Petals Ken Oliver

The chart of all the Colorburst colors…

Sandy Allnock colorburst chart

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Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Painterly Days Watercolor Coloring Book

Ever since my epic coloring book, I’ve had sooooo many emails asking me to review coloring books. I’ve told you guys before that I didn’t want to become “the coloring book lady” on YouTube or elsewhere, since my focus really isn’t on them. So I’ve said no to many many requests….except this one, I sought out on my own! Huge thanks to Kristy for hooking me up with one of them…and starting the addiction, since I’ve now ordered the other two designs!

Painterly Days Watercolor Coloring Book

I heard about this watercolor coloring book series from a Periscope viewer…I started looking around for info on the books , and started following Kristy Rice on Periscope. She’s the talented lady behind these books, and I emailed her to ask more. I wanted one of these to try out ahead of the release of the book, knowing you guys would ask me about it, and I was blessed that she not only said yes, but we had a chat by phone about being one of her Painterly Days “Ambassadors” – meaning someone who’d go out into my community and do demos at art stores and book stores. How exciting! I’m hoping we find somewhere soon that would like a demo, I’d love to go out and share this one 🙂  Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The three books

There are three different designs – I have the Flower one as you saw, and ordered up the other two…can’t wait til they arrive! 🙂

Watercolor options

For coloring books, as you’ve heard me say before, crazy artist quality paints certainly aren’t required. The Koi or Gansai Tambi or Peerless (all listed below) are just dandy. But if you end up with a gorgeous page in the Painterly Days book and want to frame it and have it remain lightfast – my top recommendation is the Daniel Smith watercolors. The set of 6 really isn’t that much money at all – and gives you a great opportunity to learn to mix colors. In the video, I used them just squeezed out onto an 89cent tile from the hardware store – so you don’t have to go wild on supplies. (The paints did re-wet when I left the tile out overnight, so don’t worry you’re wasting color or anything.)
Sandy Allnock Painterly Days Daniel Smith

For the sake of crazy fun – Brusho is simply a blast.

Sandy Allnock Painterly Days with Brusho

And just in case you’re hankering for a few colors, this might help you pick which ones you might want. 😉 #justsayingSandy Allnock brusho color chart

 Pepin Books

In the video I showed my other favorite coloring books – these are the ones I spoke about:

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Watercolor Flowers Series #11: Paint a Brusho Garden

Have you struggled like I have with getting loose with watercolor? See if trying something like today’s project will shake things up a little!

Paint a Brusho Flower Garden

Watercolor powders are, by nature, something that makes an artist loosen up. The powders move across the paper in unexpected ways, they have such opportunities for deep, intense color that can quickly drop off to a soft faded edge. Learning to paint images with them is a definite challenge, but has taught me how to use other watercolors in new ways too – I’m learning to love the painted edges, the splatters, the imperfections, so I think my hand is slowly being trained to “Let it go.” [Cue the music. #earworm!] See how I created a sweet little garden of flowers using powders – and maybe give it a try yourself! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

You can do something similar with other watercolors; you can drop color into the puddles of water and move it, but the effect will be different than this due to the ways different kinds of paint move. But I encourage you to give it a try!

Sandy Allnock Watercolor a Brusho Garden

And FYI hasn’t the Online Card Classes Intermediate Watercolor class been AMAZING this week? Wowsers! I’ve been totally inspired! I found plenty of great info, and I’d suggest it’s a good start even for beginner cardmaking watercolorists. If you didn’t take it “live,” you can join in anytime and see the content, read the forums, and browse the gallery. Everything is open til next Friday, then it’s archived for viewing only – but you can rewatch videos anytime!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Brusho and Science!

I’m back over on the MFT blog again today – this time with a couple Brusho projects! 
Any science fans out there?? I’m Sandy Allnock and it’s time for a little confession. When I was in school, I loved the idea of science. I loved all the pretty beakers, and all the things to mix in them, watch them bubble and broil. But I couldn’t get past the way the science lab smelled! Okay okay, for you scientists, that might be your love, or I might have just had fellow students who liked to mix up stinky things! But today I bring you science that makes the artist in me happy. Are you ready?

Brusho…and science!

I’ve made two cards today, one using leftover parts from the other – don’t waste those bits! And in the video, I’ll show you a couple different ways to apply your watercolor powders to your work. 1) Dropping powder into pools of water; 2) Picking up brusho from a palette or work surface; and 3) Spritzing with water! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

There are a couple different brands of watercolor powders – after playing with different ones, my favorite is Brusho. I love my little caps I made for them too – you can see more on that HERE, as well as some differences between different ones.diebackground

The first card came out so cute using just the dies – before cutting anything apart! Lots of times the dies are set up so that verticals are vertical, or there are interesting patterns they can create. When you get a new set, think about it before getting out your snipping tools! And if one part of the die set looks odd – like the “insides” of the beakers in the lower left here – just put your sentiment panel there. Easy peasy!beakers

The little Pure Innocence stamps are so much fun to color – and I used similar techniques for her as for the background above. Just dropping watercolor powder into wet areas, and drying them in between.

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For the background for card two, a spritz of water and sprinkle of powder made that fun cloud of bubbling beakers! And to color those little “contents” for the beakers was easy too – spritz and sprinkle!

heartyou The watercolor powders work on other watercolor papers, but I love how nicely they move on the Arches Rough Cold Press – it’s got a texture that pushes color in fun ways! On my blog today I’ve got a playlist of more Brusho videos if the product intrigues you. WARNING: It’s highly addictive!

More on Brusho

I thought today I’d provide a few Brusho resources for you guys too….

 

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

 

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Lasting Hearts Card Drive

I don’t know if you have experienced the blessing of receiving a handmade card by a completely anonymous person. But I can tell you, a card arriving at a tender, emotional moment – handmade, so you know someone who you do not know has spent time and effort on your behalf – can make such a difference. This happened to me in 1996, I was showered with anonymous love in the form of cards and letters; I wasn’t able to locate any of them for thank-yous, which made it even MORE powerful to me. These were gifts of love given freely, with no payback, nothing expected in return, no way to even be acknowledged for their efforts. Selflessness at its best.

That’s what I’ll be asking of you in just a moment. But first…the background.

My friend Kimberly, who I met through Hero Arts, has begun an initiative born out of her own pain – but one that will bless so many people with broken hearts. You can read Kim’s whole story on the Give Forward page HERE – but the short version: She is raising money to give a comforting book to mothers who suffer the tragic loss of a child in miscarriage. She’ll provide these books for the doctors to distribute….and she’s collecting cards to give to each mom as well! Please visit and share the Give Forward page, and Fb page HERE to help spread the word!

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Last night I broadcast live on Periscope while making cards for this beautiful cause, and Kim joined in to answer questions for viewers. You can catch the replay HERE for 24 hours, or on Katch HERE. We made an airbrush card last night with periscope-style hearts….

Sandy Allnock - Lasting Hearts healing

I had made a few of these before the broadcast….Sandy Allnock - Lasting Hearts stars

And afterward made a few more with splishysplashy brusho. (Oh how I love this stuff.)

Sandy Allnock - Lasting Hearts splashy

If you’re wondering what to write inside – keep it simple. Just let them know you’re thinking of them.

Sandy Allnock - Lasting Hearts note

A few other suggestions:

These are my thoughts, after knowing the kinds of cards and questions from my days running OWH.

  • Beautiful, simple cards, can be so impactful. Your sweet handwritten message inside is the most powerful part!
  • Cheerful cards are fine, but not *overly* bubbly; remember the emotional state the recipients are in.
  • Generic Christian messages may be okay; but not knowing who they’re going to, keep it very simple, and no proselytizing.
  • Sentiments like “Thinking of you,” “Praying for you,” “Hugs,” or sympathy messages would be great.
  • Include a simple note – sign with just your first name and hometown.
  • I’d leave the backs blank, not adding a url or anything. It’s not the time to promote your blog or card business.
  • Send with an envelope, but don’t seal it. (They’ll want to make sure the message is appropriate for each recipient.) No return address.
  • The address to send them to is on the Giving page HERE.
  • There’s no end date at this time – refer to the Giving page for any updates if you stumble onto this post a long time in the future!

Supplies

The sentiment stamps are ones I picked up at Queens Ink when I taught there last year, they are perfect for cards like this! I looked them up on the Verses site for you. (No affiliate links are used.)

  • They Are Not Stars by Verses (QQ0821-F) (Link takes you to the whole category of quote stamps.)
  • Healing by Verses (GW0625-C) (Link takes you to the whole category of get well stamps.)

A little technique info:

My challenge to you…and my giveaway

I’d like to challenge all of my readers to make cards—even one or two cards will make a difference to couples going through heartache! And in addition….please consider donating a dollar amount per card you make.

My giveaway is to Lasting Heats: I’ll send in 25 cards PLUS I’ll donate $1 per commenter committing to make at least one card to send in (up to $300). Deadline to comment is Saturday, but you can send the cards in anytime. I’m going on the honor system, so don’t go posting that you’ll do it and then bail! These families need your support, so please follow through….and share this post with your friends – let’s see how many people we can get involved!