Beginning with Brusho, painting poppies with explosive colour! | Sally Taylor | Skillshare

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Beginning with Brusho, painting poppies with explosive colour!

teacher avatar Sally Taylor, Artist and illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Begining with Brusho


    • 2.



    • 3.



    • 4.

      Pencil Drawing


    • 5.



    • 6.



    • 7.

      The leaves


    • 8.

      Finishing off


    • 9.

      Examples of Brusho


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Begining with Brusho

In this class you will learn how to use Brusho pigments. There is no need to be an accomplished painter, just the ability to hold a paintbrush and spray water!

At the end of this session you should have a fabulous painting of poppies to frame and be proud of.I have included some examples of Brusho paintings I have done to give you an idea of the different styles possible. Some of these are from Carrie McKenzie's book which is a great resource.

Attached are two pictures I have created when putting this class together - they are very different!! These illustrate just how using Brusho can work, how it reacts to water and the results that can be achieve.

Above all, I hope you have fun with this fabulous pigment paint!

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Sally Taylor

Artist and illustrator


I have been painting and drawing all my life, but with a family and career taking over, being creative took a back seat. Now with my family grown up and work not being so consuming, I can reginite my desire to paint. I love to create and use different mediums, and Skillshare is a great way of learning!

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Level: Beginner

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1. Begining with Brusho: 2. Introduction: have? No, my lovely, arty school share. Friends. Welcome to my school share class. I'm sorry, Teyla. I live in the United Kingdom, about 30 miles north of London, in the beautiful help future countryside. And I've been painting and drawing pretty much all of my life. I've recently come across Brush O which a little pots of pains like this the full of pigment, and I'll explain about these paints and how they work. A little later, I thought, I take you through step by step, painting a poppy, see a little bunch of poppies. There is a project sheet in the class on a materials list is well to do. Go and have a look at those. And, of course, at the end of the class do post up things that you've worked on your pictures because I'd love to see them. And of course, I'll answer any questions or make comments. Just get in touch with me. I look forward to seeing you soon. As soon as you sit on, we can dive straight in 3. Materials: here, you can see a range of materials that will be using to create our poppies. I use a good watercolor paper about 300 g s. N. We're going to be getting that paper very wet, so masking tape to hold it in place is very useful. We need lots of water in parts or in spritzes. I use a mechanical pencil to create fine and light lines on. After I positioned those, I tend to take him away with an eraser. I use a watercolor brush, a large one and a small one, a size five and a size zero for the brush your paints. It's a scarlet leaf green, Prussian blue and black paper towels useful for lifting off excess water and household bleach. Unconscious intr ated could be used for lightening the pigments to the heat. Told is useful. It could help dry the paper quickly, but it can also stop the pigment from moving on the paper. So it is trial and error. It is experimenting, but it is fun. I look forward to seeing you in the next section 4. Pencil Drawing: we've stuck down on paper now, on with it using I'm using mechanical pencil and I'm going to do a very faint triangle shape because that's going to help me position my composition. And I'm gonna have three poppy heads, so I like to do them in odd numbers. 35 Whatever. So we're going to do three poppy heads this time on, then from here, we're gonna have a couple of stems coming out coming out on. Then they're lumpen out into new butts. So we've got our main three. We have the dark areas in the center here, and then we'll do some nice leaves down at the bottom. Something like that has put another one in this basic very light. We don't need much a tall and then to make it lighter, I'm using my eraser just to lift off some of those pencil marks so they won't show through when we add the brush O. And now we are ready for the next step 5. Background: Welcome back. We're now we've done our pencil sketch of rubbed it out a little bit, so it's much fainter and you probably can't see it all now. So we're going to work on the background. I've got my paintbrush, which is a size five, and it holds a lot of water. We're going to be using leaf green and also a little bit of Prussian blue. The first step is to take the water and for the background area just going to wet the paper . I'm going over where the leaves will be as well, because they're gonna be green. So and we're adding green. So nice and wet. I was sort of looking to the side to see where the sun shining on it. I had some color on that, Ben. I was working on this before doing something else. But there we go. That's nice and wet. Now the fun starts going to use the leaf green. You can see I've got a tack here and I'm going to pick Take that out and using this now, going to just Sprinkle a little of the paint into the pigment. The cross young and I had some more water because I think that's a bit not wet enough yet. And you can see the color pigments starting to move around, get well, you see exploding. They're fabulous. Now I'm going to use a little bit of Prussian blue. That's a more water removed. Paint around a little bit, but you can see where it is with. The pigment still needs to be activated, and I'm going to edge it in the Prussian blue. It's not an exact science, as you can see, and every time you do even the same painting, you're going to get slightly different variations. Maybe we could, so we're now going to let that dry and come back and look at doing the actual poppies. 6. Flowers: we're now going to concentrate on the Read the scarlet brush. Oh, and as you can see, we're nice and dry now for a background. So I'm going to be using the scarlet predominantly on. I'm going to put some in a pot as well. So take the lid off my part and I'm just going to Sprinkle. I have used this before, so that's why it's a little bit grubby, so we don't really don't need very much. That's all we need on. I'm gonna get my spritzer bottle, which is this one here, and just add do it the right way around to spritz of water. And that is plenty. So we're going to use that in just a moment now. First off, just as we did with the background and going to put in some water soak where the poppies are, that's it. That's all we need to do on. Sprinkle a little bit of the scarlet into these areas, and you can see how much fun that is just exploding with color. Trying to keep it doesn't look it quite there, but I'm trying to keep the main point to the center, and now we're going to use a little pot on our final paintbrush. This one is a one, and it's quite a long, um, neck on it. So I'm now going to paint with the diluted mixture. In my little part, the closed but ever Poppy. There we go and up here a little bit here. This one's slightly a rampant. I'm going to go down a little bit. I might put some detail in, not a little bit later, when it's dried somewhat, clean the brush off and put the lid back on my pot, and I'll save that for later. You can see how this is making a really interesting pattern here as well. So that's it for now. We're going to let that dry and we'll come back in a bit. See you soon. 7. The leaves: come back. The red is almost dry and you can see there some nice patterns happening here. The background is dry and they're some of the pigment is still on the top of the surface. So we're gonna concentrate now on the leaf shapes. This to hear that I didn't color in earlier, we were gonna put another one here and one up here and then around the stems and so forth. So using my big brush, we can start with These ones are just filling in. Is picking up any pigment that hasn't bean fixed yet with water that that's part off. It s what I like about this. I'm gonna do this one at the same time. I think I'll actually do the one that we're going to put up here. It's quite a lot of green on the surface there. It's become reactive now. Didn't get Bryant, and we'll start with leaf green. I'm going to Sprinkle a little bit of leaf green into these areas. Go on. I'm going to use a different brush. I think quite such a long live. This is a number two for wetting it down. Not going to move the paint the pigment around in that area should stay in the area that we've waited and it's I force it out. But all those gorgeous colors are all mean going together now to create a single green color. But it has got a little bit of modelling, which I quite like a swell 20. That's up. This one was quite working is quite a lot of pigment already. There's just move that around a little bit on what's on my brush. I'm going to use the petals here for green leafy petals. Okay, Not going to He's one of my little pots again. This is what I use for Leaf Green has got a bit in there. Already talked that up with just a small amount. It worked for my brush to activate it. And then we go have just enough. I'm gonna run this one from here. Yeah, having a bit more pigment into these sections. I'm now going to use my he told, because this is quite wet and want to dry it off a bit quicker. Here we go drug with using a heat tool, and it's done it quite well here. And I'm going to adapt tissue off the excess The hits hold lifts off, melts the glue in the masking tape Just got to push that down again Now blue we get This is the Prussian blue that I'm using This time I've already put some in here activated and now going to do some of the details It just sort of disappear into it Busy. Have to work this. If you veins a bit of shadow, I'm just doing it. Adding a bit of water. Teoh, move that color around the page. A little bit more to start in detail. Fado. Same under here. A shadow in here, I think work wound on the bottom. You can see really don't need much of the pigment paint to get quite a strong color and now strike a little bit more. I spent all the time trying to dry it, leaving it to dry and then for no where I am. I'm watching it all again, and that's why I need quite robust watercolor paper can deal with being wet and then dry and then wet again. Some more hex that seems to have disappeared in, Well, let that dry and now we'll concentrate a little bit on the on the poppies. So I'm going to be using black Andi initially, what I'm going to do is a tiny bit of water in the center and then using my black brush O I kept on that will move out a little bit as well. Now we could sprint sit on a very tempted to because I think that we quite fun. But before that, I think I'm going to use the scarlet again to put a bit of definition around the heads of these puppies. We could I'm gonna put out some of 8. Finishing off: Welcome back. I hope you enjoyed painting the poppies. Brush O is very experimental. It moves around the page. It comes alive with water. For example the two paintings that I've done this one in preparation for the class on this one for the video that I've just done for you. They are very different, are scanned them in and you can have a look at them in the project sheets. I hope you have enjoyed yourself. And I do look forward to sharing another class with you in the future. Bye for now. 9. Examples of Brusho :