Today I am going to show you how to use a brayer. I love my brayer because it creates such an even colour and really makes an image pop. To make this effect it is important to use glossy cardstock and dye ink as pigment ink will not dry. For your enjoyment I added many links pertaining to the brayer so keep on reading through.
Supplies: Glossy Cardstock, Kaleidacolor ink pad, brayer, stamp, (ignore the Post-it notes)
Push the Kaleidacolor ink pad together so there are no spaces.
Roll your brayer in one direction. Continue rolling until you get good coverage on your brayer which is approximately10 rolls.
Begin to roll your brayer by starting the roll off of the glossy cardstock. This will ensure a nice even coat. Roll across the glossy cardstock without stopping . Do not roll backwards once you have run your brayer along.
Start at the beginning again and reink as necessary. Keep rolling until you create full coverage with no lines showing.
To decorate your brayered background, use StazOn your stamp.
Stamp out your image as desired. I wanted to leave some green so I could add my sentiment.
To determine what colour of matting would look the nicest I used my colour wheel. As you can see, the colours from the Kaleidacolor pad appears in the range of colours. I decided to use the far right mustard to add interest to my colour scheme.
I love background stamps and finished off the background by using one.
I hope I inspired you to pull out that long-forgotten brayer you have tucked away.
Main Image: Stampington & Co
Background Stamp: Impression Obsession
Brayer on You Tube
- Brayer Basics by Jen Tinline
- Brayer Techniques by Nathalie Kalbach
- Using Your Brayer Gradation Technique with Dany
- Basic Brayer Technique with Sara Sandberg
- All about the brayer by Donna Henley
- About the brayer from Cloth, Paper, Scissors
- Brayer on About.com