bible journaling entry by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Brush Marks - Created to Create - Part 2

Greetings Illustrated Faith Tribe!

I’m back for Part Two of the Watercolor Tutorial on Brush Marks.  We are exploring the shapes of brushes and “playing” with the marks they make so we can learn what different brushes do and which you like best!  If you missed Part One, here’s the link Watercolor Tutorial | Brush Marks – Created to Create – Part 1

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Mop Brushes

Mop brushes have brush hairs that are generally much looser in my experience and hold lots of liquid.  The strokes with these brushes are more organic and irregular.  They are often used for large wash areas.

The next brush comes with the Illustrated Faith Watercolor set.  It has the traditional mop brush wire wrap but it’s bristles are coarse.  It holds lots of pigment and can leave some great marks.  It’s also excellent for dropping color into an area.  An example of that can be found here https://www.illustratedfaith.com/watercolor-tutorial-leaning-no-beginning-no-end/

bible journaling entry by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Brush Marks - Created to Create - Part 2

Another nice feature of this brush is the textures you can make and how nicely it lays down drops of color in circular form.  Plus you can make it small by unscrewing the handle so you can fit it right into your palette.

bible journaling entry by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Brush Marks - Created to Create - Part 2

The last mop brush you see here is a larger wire wrap mop brush with soft bristles.   It’s the Princeton Neptune #4 Synthetic Squirrel brush.  It’s a super fat brush that holds SO much liquid!

bible journaling entry by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Brush Marks - Created to Create - Part 2

The mop brush family!

bible journaling entry by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Brush Marks - Created to Create - Part 2

Specialty Brushes

I would categorize this next brush as a pointed mop brush or speciality brush.  The shape is called a “cat’s tongue” — probably because it looks a bit like a tongue.   The Mary Whyte Series Squirrel Cat Tongue Wash brush is a very expensive speciality brush made with Russian Blue Squirrel Hair!

bible journaling entry by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Brush Marks - Created to Create - Part 2

The Mary Whyte Series Squirrel Cat Tongue Wash brush can make all different marks and takes a lot of practice to use with skill.

bible journaling entry by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Brush Marks - Created to Create - Part 2

It does have the capacity to make some great wonky marks and strokes.

bible journaling entry by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Brush Marks - Created to Create - Part 2

Oval Brushes

The oval brush family is wonderful for flower petals and rounded shapes.

Look at all the marks you can make with the Loew Cornell Oval Wash 1/2″.

bible journaling entry by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Brush Marks - Created to Create - Part 2

Plaid One Stroke Oval #8 with a bit of dry brush technique.

bible journaling entry by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Brush Marks - Created to Create - Part 2

And our last brush, the Princeton Preferred Synthetic Oval 3/4″ with lots of dry brush strokes.

bible journaling entry by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Brush Marks - Created to Create - Part 2

Only one rule — play!!!

Oval Brushes!

bible journaling entry by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Brush Marks - Created to Create - Part 2

These sheets are too pretty!

bible journaling entry by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Brush Marks - Created to Create - Part 2

Now, let’s take our sheets and make journal entry.

JOURNALING TUTORIAL

I love how God called and anointed artisans to create in Exodus 35:30-35 and I love that He still calls and anoints creatives to shine for Him today!

Exodus 35:30-35

Construction of the Tabernacle

Then Moses said to the people of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, 32 to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze,33 in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft.34 And he has inspired him to teach, both him and Oholiab the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan. 35 He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of workman or skilled designer.

One of my favorite things to do with pretty papers is use my Silhouette or my Sizzix to cut out letters!  These letters are cut using the Sizzix machine.  I wanted color behind the letters so they would stand out so I grabbed a rainbow Illustrated Faith Clear Cut sheet.

bible journaling entry by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Brush Marks - Created to Create - Part 2

I trimmed the clear cut down and adhered it and the letters to my page with the Illustrated Faith tape runner.

bible journaling entry by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Brush Marks - Created to Create - Part 2

Next up Illustrated Faith Homespun Alphas in pink and one of my favorite Shanna Noel quotes, “Created to Create.”

bible journaling entry by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Brush Marks - Created to Create - Part 2

Next up, a tab, some colorful word feti, enamel heart, and a designer clip.

bible journaling entry by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Brush Marks - Created to Create - Part 2

Ahhhhh….. happiness!

bible journaling entry by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Brush Marks - Created to Create - Part 2

What’s a watercolor page about creativity without a splash of watercolor drops?  I also highlighted the text with a simple bracket and enamel heart.

bible journaling entry by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Brush Marks - Created to Create - Part 2

A date stamp to finish the page.

bible journaling entry by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Brush Marks - Created to Create - Part 2

I often pray over my hands and my heart.  I want to be filled with His Spirit so that all I create draws others toward Him.  He makes such beautiful things.   I want the works of my hands to reflect Him!

I am praying right now that you have fun playing with your brush stash and maybe learned a bit along the way.  Make sure you tag me with your creations in Instagram @designsbyamybruce.  I love to see what you make!

Lots of hugs,

amy bruce

 

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additional supplies:

Dagger Striper Brush – Master’s Touch 1/4″
Flat Wash Brushes – Isabey Kolinksy #2
Angular Brushes –  Robert Simmons 1/2″
Specialty Mop Brush – Mary Whyte Squirrel Cat’s Tongue Wash Artxpress #6
Oval Brushes – Plaid One Stroke Oval #8, Princeton Preferred Synthetic Oval 3/4″

2 Comments
  1. Sheryl Musslewhite 2 years ago

    I love your take on that verse! How awesome! And have always loved Shanna’s quote – “created to create”! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge of all these brushes, it has been amazing to see all that can be done with them! Blessings!

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      Amy Bruce 2 years ago

      Thank you for leaving some love on the post my friend! I am so glad you enjoyed it!

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