I love that art supplies continue to seep into the crafting world. Last year, powdered watercolors hit the scene at CHA, and almost immediately our European readers asked, “Is this just like Brusho?” Well, since I’d never heard of it, I ordered a kit from Amazon to give it a go.
So let’s take a closer look!
From the website:
Brusho Crystal Colour is a unique, transparent, highly pigmented water colour ink powder available in a comprehensive range of 32 brilliant colours.
Available in 15g tubs, this versatile and intense paint powder can be applied to a variety of mediums including: watercolour, mixing with acrylics, simple sprinkling techniques and even wood staining!
Perfect for creating your own loose, impressionistic and vibrant artwork.
24 x 15gm Pots
For the purpose of this review, I’m going to use it solely as a watercolor. We’ll play with some mixed-media techniques soon!
First, I did a little swatch of Brusho on watercolor paper, mixing the colors so you can see how they look blended up.
Of course, you can use more or less water to get different intensity. But the magic of Brusho is in the “sprinkle” and how it looks when you apply a mist of water.
I made this video so you could see it in action!
So now onto those photos:
And my most important take-aways:
- SPRINKLE the product carefully to try and keep it from going airborne.
- There will be some scattering even with misting.
- Use the finest mister you can
- Watercolor paper is optimal; use very heavy cardstock if you don’t have that. (120 lb or higher)
- You get very vibrant colors
- The more water, the more mixing you get
- It’s permanent after drying on porous surfaces.
- ((However, any crystals left on the surface can be re-activated.))
- Messy and spontaneous- and FUN!
I try not to discuss cost too much, because I know we have an international audience and availability and prices vary. I found my (affiliate link) 5-color set on Amazon for $20- a very reasonable cost in my opinion (and it came with a thickener, and I have NO IDEA what to do with that yet.) There are 36 colors in all, so you can really go wild with colors!
If you’d like more information on another brand of powdered watercolors, make sure you check out my Colorburst review and video, too.
I’d love to hear your thoughts – love? Hate? Indifferent? Leave me a comment and weigh in!
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