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Old 06-21-2007, 10:14 AM
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Californian Poppies with Brusho

Had the afternoon to paint today and thought I would take inspiration from my garden and play around with my 'Brusho' I have posted work before using this medium and have found that not many people know what this is! It is a powder of very strong staining pigment, it can be used for fabric painting and is often used in schools and diluted into jars. I wont kid you it is not easy to use and my hands are stained green and red as I type this, it takes about 2/3 days to get it off!!!! lovely!!!

I have had to force myself to stop and post this, I knew I was at a crucial stage and felt as if I was overworking, or perhaps I did???

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I will post some details, you can see the effects of the brusho a little better. Think I prefere the crops!














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Old 06-21-2007, 11:16 AM
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Oh my, I just wanted to stop & say WoW. I love this.
I am not familiar with brusho?
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Old 06-21-2007, 11:46 AM
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Re: Californian Poppies with Brusho

Joanne,
I've never heard of Brusho either. Did you mix it with water before you used it for your painting or apply it to wet paper and let it dissolved on the paper and in your brush? I'm curious how it got all over your hands. (I once shelled Black Walnuts without wearing rubber gloves and had stained hands for MONTHS! I learned my lesson though. )

Your poppies are so vibrant, I especially like the ones that are at the bottom left foreground and top right. Those shapes and shades really caught my eye.

Your cropped photos almost become abstracts. All are lovely.

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Re: Californian Poppies with Brusho

Hi Jo, this is different,a real explosion of colour. One of your favorite phrases is "I love color " this just proves it. Love it, don't suppose you could get this strength of colour with watercolour?
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Wonderful Juicy color Joanne!! Beautiful palette.
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Hi Jo- Brusho? Are you spreading dry pigment then adding brushfuls of water? How do your hands get messy-don't tell me you spread the pigment with your fingers!!! Love it! Susie
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Colorful and vibrant, Joanne!
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Thanks for stopping by Abigail, Sylvia, Ted, Darla, and Susie glad you like this brusho.

Regarding my techniques, I am sure there are many methods that could be used, although I haven't found many artists using this medium, not sure why? so I can only tell you methods I have found effective through experimenting and wasting a lot of paper!!!

The dry pigment can be sprinkled onto the dry paper and then softened with water from an atomiser, or you can wet certain areas of the paper first and then sprinkle dry pigment into this area. It can be easy to mess up as the pigment is so strong it can flood the whole sheet and the colours can turn to mud. It is also difficult to get it out of the tub, if the container is tipped you can sprinkle it out but it doesn't always sprinkle evenly, I have found an old dry brush and my fingers are effective but messy so if you have any ideas then I am open to suggestions

Once the washes are dry, and this takes a few hours, then I am ready to add the detail, there is not much need for more paint as I just re wet certain areas and move the pigment around or drop a deeper wash of ordinary watercolour it. I enjoy the fact that I can wipe a wet brush over the pigment and move it around, something you cant do with watercolour.

Phew!! I will give it a rest now but hope that was in any way helpful
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Hi Hydie, we crossed posts, thanks so much
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Perfect Joanne think you stopped at the right time. Beautiful colours.
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Re: Californian Poppies with Brusho

Do you know something Ken, I think you are right, I was in danger of overworking.
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I love the colors, I would like to try it, what is the commercial name?

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Re: Californian Poppies with Brusho

Joanne - This is gorgeous!!! I don't think I've ever seen one by you that was strictly florals. "Brusho" sounds like a little too much work for us mere mortals, but you seem to have really gotten into it (literally). I do love the brilliant colors you got with this, and it seems like you'll be walking around with those colors for a while. This would probably make a nice messy demo. Super well done!!
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Re: Californian Poppies with Brusho

It´s lovely! I use a similarly tecnique with w-c pencils, it´s so fun!
I like it when you show us closeup details. I strive after to getting that look on my finished pieces.

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Re: Californian Poppies with Brusho

wonderful !! A really successful summer painting !!!

However, a tiny bit of critiques:

I m missing some more darks in the middle.....
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