Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Talking Tools - Week 6 - Brayer

Create special effects with ink! Or apply ink to
larger areas such as background stamps.
Provides uniform inking
Includes handle, soft rubber attachment
 £10.95 102395

What's a Brayer?
By the simplest definition, a brayer is a tool; used as an applicator in rubber stamping & other arts & crafts involving ink.  
A brayer consists of a handle and interchangable rollers, the most common being made of rubber. 
How do I Use a Brayer?
The brayer's main function is to apply ink evenly over larger areas (just like a paint roller on your walls). Roll the brayer over your ink pad & then over a large stamp to ink it up. The ink gets to every part of the rubber, and you'll get a more uniform image this way.

It's also designed to apply even pressure when stamping a large stamp onto card stock or paper. Place your stamp on the table rubber side up and apply the ink with your brayer. Lay your card stock on top of the stamp, then cover it with scrap paper large enough to cover the entire stamp. Roll your brayer (it doesn't matter if it's still a little inky - that's what the scrap paper is for) over the entire stamp. Discard the scrap paper & gently lift off your card stock - a perfect image every time!
Here are some ideas of how to use it.
Stripe it Up: Use markers to draw stripes or wavy lines directly onto the rubber roller, then roll the brayer across your card stock. Try repeating in the opposite direction to create a plaid design! Try using several colours, draw dots or circles...well, you get the idea.
Wrap it Up: Pop the roller out of the handle & wrap rubber bands around it for added texture. Reassemble, ink up the bumpy brayer & roll onto card stock to make a unique background image. Try other household items - yarn, string, crumpled saran wrap, cheesecloth, plastic netting (save that bag of oranges!) ... the sky's the limit! (This works best with the acrylic roller, but you can also use the rubber roller)
Resist Techniques: There are many variations on the resist technique, but the basic idea is always the same - you apply something to the card stock first, then brayer ink over it. Wherever you have applied your "resist" material, the brayered ink won't stick. Some examples:
  • Basic Brayer Resist: stamp an image onto card stock with VersaMark. Do not emboss. Ink up your brayer with any Classic ink & roll over the (almost invisible) images - they will magically appear!
  • Embossed Resist: stamp an image onto glossy card stock with VersaMark or Craft inks (they are wet enough to hold embossing powder) Heat emboss the images with Clear Embossing Powder. Ink up your brayer with Classic ink (you must use Classic ink on glossy card stock for this step) and roll over the embossed images.

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