We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Thursday, 26 March 2015

To see a world in a grain of paint ...

With apologies to William Blake and his poem Auguries of Innocence, the first four lines of which are:

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour

Went to a really enjoyable class with Kay Carley at the Craft Barn on Sunday - all about Brushos.

I've had this granular paint for a few months now, and love it, but it is always good to learn about someone else's take on it.

The first thing we did was to make colour swatches.  This is something I've been meaning to do but never got round to, these are now all on a large ring.

Then we did several pieces (to be mounted on cards) using different techniques on both watercolour paper and smooth card. Including water or powder first, using several colours wet in wet, or allowing some layers to dry.

I didn't manage to finish, so still have a couple of stamped and embossed pieces which need the paint.

Inspired by the class and the fact that this week's Craft Barn challenge is Brushos, I made a card for a friend's birthday coming up next week.

With this one I stamped and embossed the image in white, then sprinkled on a little green and purple Brusho, spritzed it, then splattered on a bit of yellow. Let that dry, then added quite a bit of blue (naturally!), but only spritzed that very lightly so that all the different colours within the blue stayed separate.

Fab time, and I still love my Brushos!


  1. I love when the Brushos give a fuzzy effect! I was very tempted by the Brushos class, maybe there'll be another later in the year.
    I realised last week end I needed a swatch, when I kept using the Leaf Green and found it too dark! Your card is a lovely example of the Brusho magic.

  2. A beautiful card. I too would have loved to have attended the Brusho workshop - it looks like you had a very productive session.

  3. This is gorgeous! I wish I could have done the class too!!
    Thank you for joining in the Challenge.
    Jane x (The Craft Barn)

  4. Looks like you took a great class, I love your card it's gorgeous ! The white embossing really shows off the background colours. Take care, Shirleyxx

  5. Lovely card. Beautiful vibrant colours x

  6. An amazing background and a beautiful card. Brilliant idea making swatches - it's now on my "to do" list.