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Using the same colour to create a 'background' behind the element only works if using the same colour (or very similar), otherwise you could be there all day. If your design has many colours the best way is to use object>path>offset path. Just tried it, worked perfectly. *EDIT - obviously this will offset your points, this is preferable to the black ...
As mentioned above by @joojaa, you have to tick the "Ignore white" in the advanced settings in trace window. If this option is disabled/grayed out then make sure you pick the first method type (Abutting). Since you have already traced the brush, you can use the magic wand tool to select all white shapes and then you can remove them
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