The A – Z of Artful Journaling: Brusho Part II

As promised, here is my second post on how to use Brusho to create beautiful backgrounds for your journaling. For those who haven’t read my first post, it tells you what Brusho is, and shows you one way to use it. Now, without further ado, I’ll tell you about this one.

You’ll need:

  • Brusho
  • a small, very dry paintbrush
  • a larger paintbrush for spreading colour and water
  • a water spray
  • two pots of clean water
  • your journal
  • a hairdryer or heat tool

First, using a clean bush, spread some clean water onto your journal page, or spray it on if you like. (See Background Basics for more information.) Next, using your small, dry paintbrush, pick up a few granules of your chosen colour. I’m using Purple first. Tap your brush over the wet area, and let the granules fall onto the page.

And now I’m adding Scarlet. Click on the image for a closer look. You can see that the purple is made up of different colours.



Next, use a wet brush to help the colours spread around, or to dilute areas of overly-intense colour.



You can also remove excess paint and water by dabbing the page with a rag or paper towel. As with the first Brusho background, it’s best to dry the page with a hairdryer or heat tool to prevent bleed-through.


And this is what it looks like when dry:

With this method, I think you get have less control over the intensity of the paint, and the granules don’t dissolve as thoroughly – once they hit the wet page, they tend to stick where they are – but that’s not necessarily a bad thing! It’s also worth noting that it will behave differently on papers of different absorbancy.

Brusho can be used in other ways in your journal. You can:

  • spray a textured surface (like bubble wrap or a stamp) with water, sprinkle a little Brusho over the top and then press your journal page face-down onto it.
  • paint using diluted Brusho as you would with any other watercolour.
  • mix unique colours by mixing the granules either before or after the addition of water.
  • mix Brusho with acrylic, gesso or texture paste to create different effects.

So, are you tempted to give Brusho a go? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading! Until next time …

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