I have a custom art brush in Illustrator that I've made from a group of shapes. I want the brush to completely overlap itself when paths cross.
This is what I'm using to make the brush:
After creating the brush, this is how the overlapping works by default:
This is the outcome I want:
I understand why this happens. By default brushes respect the layer order, so the top layer is always on top and the bottom layer is always on the bottom etc.
I can manually cut out the overlaps (like I've done above), but ideally I could have this work automatically. One work around for the exact shape I've used in the example would be to split the shapes before making the brush and make sure the area I want on top is above the rest in the layer order, but I'm going to be using this with different paths that overlap in different places so that won't work.
Is there any other way I can achieve this without manually cutting out the overlaps?