Seeing Silly Faces

Seeing Silly Faces.

Sometimes I feel like just splashing paint and seeing what happens.

I recently played with my Brusho Crystal Paint Powders, and this is what happened.

As I looked at the painting, faces just popped out at me, so I took a black micro pen and drew them in.

Sometimes we just need to be silly and have fun while creating.

Cheers & Hugs,



Abstract in Blues Purple & Gold 10×16 300 lb Arches Cold Press

“Reality is what we take to be true.
What we take to be true is what we believe.
What we believe is based upon our perceptions.
What we perceive depends on what we look for.
What we look for depends on what we think.
What we think depends on what we perceive.
What we perceive determines what we believe.
What we believe determines what we take to be true.
What we take to be true is our reality.”

– David Bohm

Abstract Watercolor done playing with products:  BRUSHO Watercolor Crystals in Turquoise, Ultramarine Blue and Purple, Dr. Ph. Martin’s Iridescent Copper Plate Gold, Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleedproof White,  Winsor & Newton Iridescent Medium, Salt, & Saran Wrap.

A Bevy of Birthday Best Wishes

abstract watercolor happy birthday card

I have a number of special February birthdays, so I had fun making a bevy of birthday cards to send out to family and friends.  This first one above is my fave (and it is already on its way to a special cousin whose birthday is Monday!).  I love the combination of purple, turquoise and yellow, and I used texturizing paste on the watercolor paper before painting to add some fun drama and dimension.

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The Paper Players Challenge (PP280) this week is a Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge, so I chose, the diagonal of Purple, Pink, and Yellow which I did in Brusho Watercolor after embossing the coneflower silhouettes on these two cards – one in black and one in white.



Some of you may recognize this card below.  I had made this random abstract watercolor a while back, so I topped it off with this fun  Happy Birthday Die Cut I cut out in several colors.

Birthday card red white blue black abstract watercolor

For this last one, I splashed some fun green-gold olive and burnt umber watercolor paint and then spritzed it all with some gold glimmer mist.

birthday card gold green brown watercolor abstract

Wishing all February birthday friends and family the best of birthdays!

Cheers & Hugs,


Happy Anniversary #5 Dad

Best Day Ever Brusho 2

Five years ago today – on 7/17/10 (isn’t that a great date?) – I was reunited with my Dad (my birth father Dad).

I’m smiling remembering that day.

How excited we both were…
How nervous we both were…

The tears,
The laughter,
The memories,
The hugs,
The joy.

My heart has a funny feeling I just can’t describe with words as I write this.

How do you describe 38 years of wondering?

Wondering why?
Wondering if he thinks of me?
Wondering what he would think of me if he met me?
Wondering if he would love me?

Well – No more wondering five years later.

And though nothing can replace the loss of those 38 years, we can certainly move forward and enjoy each day.

And now – after five years of catching up – it’s almost like we were never apart.

Happy Anniversary Dad!

Thank you for explaining the why,
letting my know how much you did think of me,
making me feel special and beautiful,
and for loving me.

This will always be our special day, and I hope we have many more!

Love you,

Four Seasons of Sheltering Tree

Sheltering Tree Summer Notecard Brusho

It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for another Guest Designer Inspiration Card for The Paper Players Challenge.

This week’s theme challenge is “The Great Outdoors” for PP252.

When I think of outdoors, I think of trees.  And when I think of trees, I adore how different they look in all four seasons (at least where we live here in Mars).

Sheltering Tree Fall Notecard Brusho

So I heat embossed an “empty” tree from the StampinUp Sheltering Tree Stamp Set with Early Espresso (Dark Brown) embossing powder onto four pieces of watercolor paper.

Sheltering Tree Winter Notecard Brusho

I then broke out the Brusho Crystal Colours again and sprinkled and spritzed different colors onto each tree to represent, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Sheltering Tree Spring Notecard Brusho

I backed each tree with a piece of Early Espresso card stock and then adhered to Very Vanilla for the card base.

I stamped some fun sentiments from the Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler to make them into basic notecards.

Doesn’t it make a fun set?

Hope you are enjoying whatever season you are in!

Cheers & Hugs,

Gusho over Brusho

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Brusho seems to be quite the rage these days.

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Brusho Crystal Colours are brilliant, intense transparent color crystals that are great for painting, color washes, staining, and creative textile design on porous surfaces such as paper, wood, and fabric.

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I thought I’d just do a little experimenting with the colors and the way they work.  A couple sprinkles of the crystals before and/or after spritzing with water created these basic designs.

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Nothing complex or intricate – just testing them out and seeing how they work.  So these are just some simple experiments, but oh the possibilities that are running through my head.

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In trying different combinations and amounts, I learned quickly that a very little goes a long way.  What great effects might be possible combining these with watercolor painting, stamping, embossing, sewing, woodworking!??!!

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Oh so many possibilities….
and oh so little time…

Make it count…
doing the things you love…
at life in between.

Cheers and Happy Friday Hugs,