Using a Brayer
“In a nutshell”: The brayer is a tool for creating backgrounds on paper or card, or useful for inking up very large stamps. Made of rubber, it will have a roller and a removable handle. The most common brayer is smooth, however Fiskar’s make patterned brayers which when inked and rolled will give a patterned image over your card surface.
- The best way to ink up a brayer, is in short repetitive rolling motions, to ensure an even, fully coated surface.
- Once inked take a piece of scrap paper and gently roll the brayer in one direction from front to back. This will ensure the surface of the brayer is even and also remove some of the strong colour.
- Always work with a piece of paper underneath your card. This will allow you to run the brayer from the front of the card over the back onto the paper.
What you can do!
- Multi coloured ink pads and glossy cardstock give a wonderful result. You can then over stamp to create many different looks.
- To create a simple pattern with the brayer, remove roller and wrap a rubber band around it. Replace, ink up and run the brayer over glossy card stock and see the criss cross pattern appear.
- Ink the brayer and roll over bubble wrap. Draw stripes with a Marvy marker, (remember to go all the way around). Practice and experiment with colours.
- Using a VersaMark ink pad or Resist ink pad and a stamp, create a pattern on glossy card. Leave to dry. Ink up brayer & run over the stamped images. Using a piece of tissue/kitchen roll gently rub over card and your images will pop through. Embossing the images and then brayering is another way of creating a resist pattern.
- Brayer your card as before, mist gently with water until the dye inks run together, then sprinkle rock salt over. Leave to dry. The salt will take on the colours of the ink, brush off the salt and it is ready to stamp.
- Brayer rainbow ink onto glossy card. Dry completely. Once dry run an anti static bag over, stamp an image with clear embossing ink & powder. Leave to cool, then brayer with a black dye ink pad, leave to dry. Wipe of excess black ink with a cloth and the rainbow colours will show through. ( Josephs Coat Technique)
Looking after your brayer
- Always wash your brayer in warm soapy water after use. Dry completely. Do not use hard abrasive cleaners on the brayer. Put away safely and you will have many years of fun with it.