Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Playing with Brushos again

Hello everyone, it's time for another visit to the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog, as it is our weekly blog post slot over there today. I have a tutorial for a card this month in our regular Design Team tutorial blog post. I have made a card using a technique using Brushos and spray starch recently spotted on my travels through Facebook and Pinterest.  Here is where I saw the technique originally:

I took a piece of pearlescent card, and spritzed it with spray starch, before dropping small amounts of Brusho over the card. I used Prussian Blue, Turquoise and Purple, in keeping with the challenge colours. I then spritzed the card with spray starch again, and covered the card with cling film, crinkling it up as I covered the surface to create lots of creases.

I removed the cling film after 30 minutes, and then left the card to dry naturally. I then painted some leaves onto the background using a Crafter's Workshop stencil and white paint, but gesso would do fine. I stamped and embossed some marine creatures onto spare pearlescent card, using white embossing powder, and coloured the images with Copic markers. I highlighted a couple of the fish with pencils for extra detail. Once I had added the marine creatures to the background, I used a layer of green card before adding the background to a black card blank.

Dark colours seem to work very well for this technique, as do coated cards. Glossy card seems to work much better than pearlescent card, but in this instance, I was going for an irridescent underwater look. Here is a sample of glossy card that I made during a practice session:

So you can see the difference in the two card surfaces quite clearly. It's a really fun technique to try out, and a much better way to use up that spray starch in my opinion!

Head over to the challenge blog if you get a chance, take a look at the information regarding our latest challenge, and why not go at entering yourself? You could win the monthly prize. Thanks for stopping by, xx


Elaine said...

This looks like a really interesting technique and I am sure I have spray starch in my crafty cupboard! I love your card, the contrast of the dark background and the lighter images is great. I can't believe you have this stencil, I put it on my wish list for our crafty shopping spree only a few days ago! Elaine xxx

Paula (PEP) said...

Thank you for the tutorial & the very graphic illustration of how the effect varies on two different surfaces. The dark background gives a very authentic deep sea look to your design & I particularly like the way you have echoed the aqua of the sea creatures in your matting.
Paula (PEP)

Julie said...

Hi Judith, I love this card and your background is something I really must try, thanks for sharing, happy Easter, Julie xx

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