Thursday, May 05, 2016
Brushos and Bleach
Hi everyone. Had another day of experimenting in my studio. So fun! :) Today I was trying out the bleaching technique on a brushos background that is a small part of this wonderful video from Dina of Splitcoaststampers. Even though this video is almost a year old, I only saw it for the first time last night and was mesmerized by all the way Dina shows how to use Brushos (or Color Bursts, or Bister Powders). Worth watching!
Before I started making my card, I put on some grubby clothes that I didn't care about. I have worked with bleach before. Even though I'm really careful, I still end up with it everywhere. Or so it seems. :) Just a warning for anyone else that is messy like me. :)
I have some empty water brushes, so filled one with bleach and used on one of my Brushos backgrounds from my stash. Didn't work the best. Took a long time to get the bleach to soak in. Then I remembered Dina mentioning about using it on "fresh" brushos to get more contrast and so created a smooshed Brushos background, dried it with my heat tool (not completely dry), stamped the flower sprig in Archival ink, and went over it lightly with a bleach filled waterbrush. LOVE how it turned out.
Not sure why it worked better on a new background and not ones in my stash, but maybe the colour sets more over time?? Not sure. This would be the same for the ghosting technique she shows in the video as well. Where you place a stencil over top of the brushos background, spritz with water and then remove the excess water with a paper towel. Doesn't show on backgrounds that have been made a while. :)
It's great to learn things. I'll be trying out more of Dina's techniques ... so many fantastic ideas.
Thanks for visiting!
Stamps: Delightful (Penny Black); Sentiment - Subway Art Builders Dare (STAMPlorations)
Paper: Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. Hot Press)
Ink: Archival Black (Ranger); Brushos (Lime Green, Lemon and Turquoise)
Accessories & Tools: Water mister, heat tool, waterbrush filled with bleach