Wednesday 16 September 2015

2015 #17 Spooktacular Tags {by Helen Chilton}

 2015 Topic 17: Pigment Powders

Hi everyone Helen here, joining you this evening with a post about Brushos, those little pots of magic watercolour crystals. There's loads of techniques you can do with these, but tonight I've chosen to look at how to stamp with them and use them dry. I've made a tag book with flaps to showcase the new Hallowe'en stamps HPHW05EZ.

Step One: Select your colours (I've used Purple, Grey and Lime Green) and rub them dry onto a tag, keeping the colours in separate blocks.

Step 2: Spritz your stamp with water using a mini mister and stamp onto tag. The water activates the Brusho crystals. Stamp off onto a spare tag for a lighter image:

Step 3: Ink up stamp with VersaMark, sprinkle Brushos directly onto stamp and rub in:

Step 4: Spritz again with water and stamp two or three times onto tag:

Step 5: prep stamp as for Steps 3 and 4, but this time spray water directly onto the tag not the stamp using a larger spray bottle, then stamp into it. The effect is much more watercoloury:

Step 6: This shows the different types of stamping so you can compare. From left to right: 
  • dry rub on, spritz stamp and stamp
  • VersaMark, rub Brushos onto stamp, spritz and stamp
  • stamping off onto spare tag
  • wetting tag, VersaMark on stamp, rub  Brushos onto stamp and stamp

Step 7: Finally, if you want a bit more definition for your image, outline some of the areas in a black watercolour pen and stamp over the top:

To finish: I've made some cut out flaps using a Framelits die (the shape always reminded me of a tombstone, so seemed appropriate somehow!):

and then hinged it all together and used extra tags to back it. The ribbon is seam binding that I've coloured with the Brushos. Here's the front:

and a couple of close ups:

So there's a lot you can do using the Brushos to stamp with - you get lovely watercolour effects but also a surprising amount of detail. You also get very messy hands, but it does come off (well,eventually!)

Ohhh lovely fun was had here Helen! thanks again for another brilliant post! I love all those ideas using them with your stamps, some fantastic tips and ideas that have certainly never occurred to me, I love how you conjure up all kinds of possibilities!! You are such a wonder! ~Leandra

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Lauren Hatwell said...

Wow! Brilliant! Love that colour combination and the step outs are brilliant too Helen. I can't wait to have a go myself. Lx

Kirsten said...

These are terrific! I love all the layers you achieved.

Unknown said...

Love the effects here especially using the new stamps, mine should be with me tomorrow :) wonderful project xx

Deborah Wainwright said...

Great colours and stamping. X

Ruth said...

Great tutorial..and results, hadn't thought of using brushos like that..Thanks for the inspiration! Ruth x

craftytrog said...

Great techniques Helen, and fab art! x

Words and Pictures said...

Ooh, scrumptious - love the version with the black marker additions - very cool effect!
Alison x

JoFY said...

I like that way of using the brushos - interesting, and a bit more controlled. Nice.

Becky said...

How exciting! I have just ordered some Brushos and can't wait to try these techniques with them! thanks!

Craftyfield said...

Helen rocks with the Brushos! She has tried and knows lots of messy techniques and is a real pro with them! (And I saw her in action in real life!). Fantastic stamping...

Sandy said...

Wow! This looks fantastic! I love the purple and green. How clever you are!!!
Sandy xx

Artmadnana said...

This is such a fabulous project Helen. I adore the colours and the stamps are fabulous. Love the little flaps. Clever.

SCarol said...

Wow, love all the stamping with brushos ideas. Will have to give them a go.

Unknown said...

Oh what a fab post Helen. Great techniques for stamping with the Brushos that I certainly hadn't thought of but must try out. Excellent explanations too,

Lesley Xx

Fliss said...

Wow! Amazingly creative use of Brushos to stunning effect Helen and something I must try so thanks for the inspiration.
Fliss xx