Hello, & happy Sunday to everyone reading this right meow! I'm back and coming at you with a quick little review on the Brusho Watercolor Paints. If you're like me and can sometimes get so, so bored with watercolor, you've gotta try these. They are FAR from traditional watercolor, but that's what I'm loving most about them!
These watercolors have a grainy, sand-like texture, and once on paper, you simply spritz with some water and bam! Color explosion! Below I'm showing you how I like to play around with these paints AND at the very bottom, I included a video to really get the visuals going for everyone.
Step 1: Spray Paper with Water & Dash Watercolor Powder onto Paper
You're going to start by spraying some water onto your page. I recommend using a spritz bottle because you want the pigment to be drier in some areas than others. This is because the powder reacts differently depending on how much water is used on the page, in turn, changing the texture of the paint. FUN.
Scoop a small amount of your powder using some type of spoon (I'm using a tiny measuring spoon), whatever you have laying around the house will work! Gently tap the edge of said spoon and let the powder fall wherever it chooses. Let it do all the work. After it grabs the area that's wet, you can shake it off to get the excess powder off (but listen, wait for it to dry before you do this, you wild, wild one).
Step 2: Spray with Water
What I love doing with these paints is spraying more water on top of the powder to really get the paint moving. This is a really fun way to play with the texture of the paint. The extra water will dilute the paint in the areas that you spray it, giving it a lighter, less harsh look.
Step 3: Add Another Color
Grab another color (I'm using violet), and dash a small amount around your original color. If you love painting galaxies, THIS is the watercolor for you! I personally used a whole lot of product, but you don't have to use that much. A little goes a long way!
Step 4: Spray More Water
Add another layer of texture by adding more water to spread out the color. The edges will start to have this puffed-out look, which I'm loving! The texture is changing on every spritz of water I use. There are endless ways to use this watercolor technique!
Step 5: Move Color Around with Brush
Experiment with pushing the color around by using a brush as well. My favorite part about these brushes is the fluidity that it gives to the artist. It really is up to you with how you want to move the colors around and so on!
You begin to notice where the texture is drier, compared to where it's wetter. The speckled portions in the middle are where the dry portions, we're left with some beautiful speckles of blue!
See the difference in concentration in the picture above. The bottom right corner shows where I dusted a super small amount of watercolor and then sprayed it. That was the smallest amount - literal dust. So if you want to play around with density and whatnot, do it! This watercolor can be used in so many different ways.
Step 6: Let Sit and Dry
Don't forget to let this dry before moving it, especially if you're using mixed media paper like me. In my case, the mixed media is very angry with me. Don't be like me!
I hope you found this review turned tutorial useful in your search for new ways to create! At the end of the day, the Brusho watercolor paints are such a fun way to try a new form of watercolor. It's extremely fluid so there's a lot of directions to go with it! Again, if you're a galaxy geek, these are PERFECT for that realm.