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Brusho

What is Brusho?

Brusho really is a one-of-a-kind, unique painting medium! The colours are a transparent, highly-pigmented water-colour ink that comes packed in small drums which contain the dry, crystalline powder. Available in an extensive range of exciting colurs, they mix instantly with cold water to produce a painting medium that is renowned for its versatility. Brusho allows you to create visually stunning, expressive artwork with the minimum of fuss.

With Brusho you will have an infinite palette at your disposal! The colours are fully intermixable, so you are able to produce a variety of hues, tints and shades either by mixing, diluting or otherwise altering the concentration of the paint. Colours can also be altered and manipulated by layering additional washes of colour over your original work to create interesting effects. Brusho also offers a good degree of lightfastness, and is completely non-toxic.

The medium itself is highly-unpredictable and very fun to paint with! It lends itself well to a loose, expressive style and is much easier and faster to learn than traditional watercolour painting. Once the Brusho is applied, you really have no choice other than to let the paint do the work! Traditional watercolour painting can be stressful at times; there are lots of opportunities for the painting to go wrong. Using Brusho is stress-free as there are really no errors to be made! Once the Brusho has been applied to your painting surface it will move organically to form interesting and unique washes of colour; you can sit back and watch the magic unfold! Brusho is unique in the sense that many of the effects you can achieve by using it cannot be replicated with any other media! It can be used for a whole variety of artistic applications, from staining wood and card, creating fabric wall-hangings to making watercolour designs. If you are using Brusho to stain cloth it is worth noting that the colours are not fixable on fabric.

Brusho is a great medium for those already familiar with watercolours. Even if you are new to art and are looking for a very forgiving method of painting loose, expressive artwork, then Brusho could be right up your street! Even after many years of using Brusho, there are always new discoveries to be made with this highly interesting product!

Brusho is currently available individually in 32 different colours or in two sets of 12 or 24. Accessories are also available including Brusho Thickener and a Brusho Secrets DVD!

Beginners Guide to Brusho

Joanne Thomas is perhaps the only art tutor in the world that teaches budding artists to create expressive, contemporary watercolours with Brusho. She first began experimenting with this little-known paint medium 4 years ago and instantly fell in love with its unpredictable, eye-catching properties. She realised that not only did Brusho allow her to create images with a vibrancy unlike anything else, it also forced her to keep things loose and impressionistic - a style that has seen Joanne's work sold in major high-street retailers and galleries across the UK. Seeing the appeal it would have to both complete beginners and experienced watercolourists, Joanne set up Brusho painting classes in her local area. Word spread and classes grew to become one of her most popular events.

You can watch and learn with Joanne's free video lessons on both her watercolour and Brusho techniques. In the Brusho Secrets DVD Joanne lays out her complete step-by-step guide to the Brusho painting method.

What you will need

This may seem like a very long list, but most of the items you will probably already have ready. To follow Joanne's painting method you will need:

  • Watercolour paper - Joanne uses Bockingford NOT 140lb paper
  • A couple of watercolour brushes - preferably a size 8 and 12
  • A pencil
  • Water Spray bottle - a cheap atomiser will do
  • Water jug or container
  • A palette or old ceramic plate
  • An old cloth or rag - for collecting excess water
  • Paper towel
  • A drawing board - so you can tip your paper for colour runs.
  • Masking tape.

Joanne's method also makes use of some other low-cost household materials for extra effects. These include:

  • Wax resist sticks or candle wax
  • Permanent marker pens - a thick and thin nib
  • Household bleach
  • An extra spray bottle for the bleach
  • An old paintbrush or two for using with the bleach
  • Household rock or sea salt

Joanne uses the 'Starter Pack' of 12 Brusho pots, which includes the following colours:

 

Sample DVD Lessons

Brusho® Positive Trees Exercise

This is one of the early lessons from Joanne's Brusho® Secrets course. It's designed to help you get more familiar with using Brusho® and the basic techniques rather than creating a piece of stunning artwork (that comes later!).

Brusho® Figure Painting Demo

This simple figure study shows you how you can apply Brusho over the top of a line drawing to create a colourful, contemporary effect. 

Brusho® Landscape Painting Demo

In this Brusho® landscape demonstration Joanne uses wax resist and a limited palette to create a simple but striking composition. 

Brusho Secrets is the first and only instructional DVD that shows you how to paint stunning, impressionistic watercolours with Brusho paint powder.

On her 2-disc DVD, professional artist Joanne Thomas assumes you're a complete newcomer to Brusho and takes you through her step-by-step method for creating vibrant, unpredictable effects and how to turn those into unique pieces of contemporary art. Here is a list of the lessons that the DVD covers:

DVD Disc 1 - Lessons
Lesson 1 - Introduction Lesson 2 - Working with Brusho
  • Brusho qualities and characteristics
  • The starter pack and the colours
  • How to make your Brusho set last for years
  • The other materials you will need
  • Apple exercise #1
  • Apple exercise #2
  • Apple exercise #3
  • Apple exercise #4
  • Apple exercise #5
  • Apple exercise #6
Lesson 3 - Positive Tree Exercise Lesson 4 - Negative Tree Exercise
  • See the sample video
  • Painting with negative shapes
Lesson 5 - Using Wax Lesson 6 - Using Ink
  • Wax apple exercise
  • Dry stone wall exercise
  • Fence posts exercise
  • Ink apple exercise
  • Simple floral exercise
Lesson 7 - Using Bleach
  • Mark making exercise
  • Bleach apple exercise
  • Simple snow scene exercise

 

DVD Disc 2 - Lessons
Full Demo 1 - Colourful Cockerel
Full Demo 2 - Eye-Catching Poppy
Full Demo 3 - Line & Wash Landscape
Full Demo 4 - Semi-nude figure

Total runtime: 3 hours on 2 discs
DVD format: NTSC (this will play on 99% of all DVD players in the world)

There are also a selection of downloadable line drawings for all the demonstrations Joanne takes you through on the DVD. These drawings can be easily printed out onto an A4 sheet of paper and traced onto watercolour paper. This allows you to get practising with the Brusho without worrying too much about the drawing stage.

You can also download Joanne's finished pieces as a full colour reference! To download these images, follow the links below.

 

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