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Inky Leaks Tests – Photoshop Splatter brushes coming along

Photoshop splatter brushes
Testing the Photoshop splatter brushes for the Inky leaks collection

I’m still working hard testing the splatter, spray and inky messes that will be included in the Inky Leaks Photoshop splatter and spray brushes and tools collection. Here’s one of the test blotters from the lab. If you look closely you can see the smears from a couple of mixer brushes in there as well as a finger print smudge tool. The collection is coming along well and I still expect to release it on August 30th but you can still pre-order it until it is released at considerable discount (The price climbs up a bit every week)

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Free Photoshop Brush of the Week #71 – “Flue Blow”

Drawn with the free Photoshop brush of the week "Flue Blow"
Drawn with the free Photoshop brush of the week for July 25th “Flue Blow”

This week’s free Photoshop brush is a big broad brush that covers your image in a fast flowing cloud of debris. Like a broken sack of coal this brush is capable of a light dusting, but with a little more stylus pressure it will release a thick billowing dust cover. Get it for free all week on the free Photoshop brush of the week page

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Free Brush of the Week #62 – “Chin Chatter” Natural Media Brush

This week’s free Photoshop brush is “Chin Chatter” A very grainy natural media brush, with a messy medium spread in terms of grain size and breadth From gritty sand to small pebbles this brush sprays out particles like gravel from a wood chipper

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Danica Jokic paints with GrutBrushes impastos

Multi talented Danica Jokic does wonderful work in traditional media but is just as adept in applying her talents to digital media. I’ve been a fan of her oil paintings for a while so I was beyond thrilled when she used my impasto brushes to paint this fantastic portrait in Photoshop!  She really shows how well traditional oil painting techniques can be applied to digital painting.  Her talent makes it look easy but seeing what can be done is an inspiration to me to work harder at improving my skills. You can see much more of her paintings and illustrations on instagram  Catch up with her work there, I think she’s one to watch and hers will be a journey worth following. You can find the impasto Photoshop brushes Danica Jokic used here:

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Making a Mess Again in Photoshop

Photoshop Ink and paint splatter brushes
Splashing about with Ink and paint in Photoshop

Taking a quick break from working on the cloud brushes to play around with some new splattery ink and paint brushes in the workshop. As usual, the goal is to make brushes that behave naturally; staining, splattering and ‘soaking’ into the paper as you draw, these are not stencil stamps. Here you can also see how using one of my paper templates enhances the organic look (take a look at the lighting in the darkest spots for example)

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Free GrutBrush of the Week #35 – “Bran Chatter” Photoshop Watercolour Brush

painted with the 'Bran Chatter' watercolour Photoshop brush

This week’s free Photoshop brush is a very fibrous textured watercolour brush called Bran Chatter. You can download it in the shop ( ) or on the free Photoshop brush page ( )  If you want to download the paper texture (PSD file) just click the download button below

You can download this week’s free Photoshop brush until next Monday when, as always, there will be a new brush.

You can watch a video of me painting this here


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New Photoshop Charcoal Brush Set Out Now

Brush Stroke samples of all 10 Photoshop charcoal brushes
Brush Stroke samples of all 10 Photoshop charcoal brushes


And then there were ten! to celebrate the 10th charcoal brush toolset in the shop (16th really, if you include the other natural media charcoal-ish brushes) I’m offering them all as part of the collection Charcoals 01 for $4 (on sale for $2 through this weekend) All of these are free to anyone who purchased the All Brushes Sets in the last 30 days.

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Free GrutBrush of the Week #24 “Keen Downy” charcoal Photoshop brush

Free Photoshop charcoal brush


This week’s free Photoshop brush is a soft and fluffy charcoal brush. You can get it now on the free brush page