How I Color Coded My Brusho Crystal Containers

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Brusho Crystal Colours are basically highly pigmented watercolors in crystal form. You sprinkle the color crystals onto your paper. If your paper is wet upon sprinkling you’ll see the crystals react to water immediately. If your paper was dry, then you’ll spray it and see the reaction. You’ll get a different look each time. You can make unlimited amazing artwerks with Brushos.

The only issue I had with Brushos was how to organize them so that I could easily tell what color was inside each container. They are marked on the front of each, but I had to take them out of the box to see the side of each container. I could have just written the names on the top of each container, but I have no idea off the top of my head, the exact visual differences between Scarlet, Brilliant Red, Ost. Red and Crimson. I wanted to see the differences.


As in I like results. but I’m super lazy. I also have to do e.v.e.r.y.thing with a baby on my lap – so that’s super helpful in getting stuff done. Sooooo, I looked around to see what might work. I dug out my 1 1/4″ circle punch. 1″ would really be preferable, but I think this is a little larger. It still worked out ok – it was roughly the same size as the caps of each crystal container. I then rubbed my hands together in my best mad scientist act and got to work.

I used a piece of watercolor paper because um these are watercolors after all. I measured out 24 squares (I have the 24 color set of Brushes) that were each a little larger than my punch.

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Then I pulled each Brusho container out of the box, wrote the name of the color and painted a swatch of that color.

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Here’s what all 24 swatches looked like on the squares. I could have made these a little more even without all the water pools, but the very squirmy six-month-old on my lap was not really that into this diy project.

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Next, I punched out a circle from each square color swatch. Once the circle was punched, I used my Scotch ATG tape gun (best tool EVER) to add two strips of tape to the back of the swatch. Once the glue was on, I used my hole punch to punch a hole in the middle of each circle. The majority of Brusho users seem to agree that a few holes (I used a large sewing needle to poke three holes in each) in each top is the best way to shake out just enough crystals without wasting any. These crystals are super pigmented so a little goes a long way. The punched hole in the circle swatch allows the pigment to still be shaken out.

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Here is my finished result!:)Aren’t they pretty?

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Abstract Arrows

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Ahhhhh, deep breath. Smile. That’s exactly how I feel right now, with a healthy dose of giddy thrown in. My itty bitty took a quick nap this morning (all the other smalls & mediums were still sleeping) so I pulled out some of my favorite colors together (which is hard when they are ALL my favorite colors), grabbed a 12 x 12 canvas and got to work. I’m not sure how this piece will ultimately end up, but for right now it makes me smile and it was relaxing to paint. Aaaaannnnd the wee one is now letting me know that playtime is over. Well, my playtime anyway – his is just getting started!:)

Have a happy Tuesday – hope you can make some time to create something today!

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abstract arrows, tracy eau claire, pebeo paints, acrylic, michaels canvas
abstract arrows, tracy eau claire, pebeo paints, acrylic, michaels canvas

Encaustic Art

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Ahhhh, Encaustic Art…. 😍 The textures, the colors, the process. Swoon.

From Wikipedia…

Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used.

Soooooo, I have been wanting to dive in for a while. Not sure when I first saw it but seeing the rows of yummy, colorful blocks of wax at Blicks probably pushed me over the edge.

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But there’s a lot-o-stuff you need to get started. It’s not exactly a make-do-with-the-hoard-you-already-have type of thing. It’s a you’re-gonna-need-an-all-new-hoard type of thing. As I’ve pointed out before, I art in thy closet. Literally. Even on my best day, when I’ve just cleaned the counter, there is not enough room (or fresh air, as toxic fumes can result) in da-closet-o-craft for a griddle up in there.

I thought I might create an outdoor space, but let’s be serious it was 111 degrees in the shade the other day so – no.

So I had put the encaustic idea away in my wish list for a few month. There was just too much that I didn’t know and didn’t have.  Untilllllll I saw a post from Ivette Newport advertising her online workshop, Whimsical Portraits and Dreamy Landscapes. BAM! Just like that I knew I had to do it because THAT is the dreamy look that’s always in my brain.

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So, thanks to my dear, sweet husband who indulges me in ways he has no knowledge of, Ivy Newport and Amazon Prime, within 48 hours we had a mini, yet fully functional encaustic wonderland in our kitchen. 👍

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Ohmygosh – every part of the encaustic art process is SO much fun. I’m still in an experimenting phase, but it’s super interesting to see what works and how to fine-tune an idea to work once it’s melted. 😂 (See photo below of swirly cactus that was moving as the wax above it was melting – oops!)

The finished result is dreamy and scrumptious. The wax hardens to somewhat hardened surface and little imperfections in both your substrate and wax surfaces really make the finished piece unique.

I’m looking forward to more time spent creating again today. The ideas are overflowing and the wax is melting!

I love scouting Instagram for inspiration as well as posting pics now and then. Are you on Instagram? I’d love to follow you there! Here I am if you’d like to be Insta-Friends… 😊 📷

Red Rubber Hand-Carved Stamps

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Ohmy! Now this is fun! I’ve had the slab-o-rubber and the tool for months. Why did I wait so long to play with them??? I think I waited in part because I thought it was going to be difficult to carve. I was so wrong. The rubber cuts like butter!

I just want a few rustic/rough cut stamps in shapes I use over and over. I’m already compiling a mental list of what shapes I want to create.

The Speedball tool I purchased comes with a variety of cutting nibs and has a super handy storage compartment built into the handle.

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