In Photoshop, that is. I kept seeing brushes this, brushes that on digital sites and finally downloaded a bunch of freebies from this great site. Then I opened a background of aged tan paper and cruised thru the teeny weeny thumbnails of the brushes and tried all the interesting looking ones on the page. I didn't have anything in mind when I started, just wanted to play with brushes enough to see if it was something I wanted to use in digital layouts. The answer is a resounding YES and I ended up really liking the random look of the test page.
There's a bit of everything on there. Birds, trees, splats, spilled coffee stains, flourishes, rain drops, splashed water, grunge marks, cracks, post marks, wings, vintage postcard backs.