Friday, January 11

Ways to use your Brayer

Here are some tips for ways to use your Brayer:

  1. Stripes: using markers, make stripes on your brayer all the way around until the beginning and ending stripe meet. Roll brayer across your paper in whatever direction you desire.
  2. Squiggles: Repeat the same process as for Stripes but make wavy lines instead of straight
  3. Confetti/Dots/Raindrops: Randomly make marks on your brayer with your marker all over the entire roller.
  4. Plaids: Same as with the markers for Stripes except criss cross pattern.
  5. Plaids: You could also outline the stripes for your plaids with the smaller tip of your marker to make the plaid/stripes stand out more.
  6. Plaids: Rainbow/Kalidacolor plaids are made with the brayer being rolled over a KC pad several times then brayering over your paper. Repeat as necessary for the desired depth of color and surface coverage. Then repeat the process in the opposite direction.
  7. KC Backgrounds: Same as above just don't create a plaid design. This works great for those scenery or landscape cards.
  8. Reverse/mirror Image: Color your stamp, rubber side up and roll the brayer over the image several times, then roll over your paper.
  9. Mirror Image: If you have an image that you want to face each other, you brayer over the stamp like above and then roll onto your paper then stamp the original image nose to nose with the first.
  10. Kissing: Brayer over a background stamp, then use your other stamps and stamp onto the background stamp then stamp onto your card stock. Your solid stamp now has a design.
  11. Ghosting: Stamp an image on your card several times in clear embossing ink. (DO NOT EMBOSS) Then brayer over your invisible images with regular ink and your image will start to appear.
  12. Resist: Works best with glossy paper. You will need to choose your resist medium, ink, wax or other. Stamp or color your image on the glossy card stock, then you use the same technique as the ghosting by brayering over with a different color. The pattern that you stamped or colored will not let the brayered ink absorb through the card stock therefore comes the resist.
  13. Oil colored pencils (work best with regular matte finished papers)
  14. Use your brayer for those big background stamps to get an all over inking. You could also use the same technique as above for those bigger solid images that you want to emboss. Brayer over the image with the emboss pad for an even/smoother finish.
  15. Put a piece of cheesecloth down and brayer over the cheesecloth for a different effect.
  16. Try the same as above with lace doilies.
  17. Joseph's Coat: Brayer with a KC pad and cover the entire area of your card (glossy works best). Emboss your image with clear embossing powder/ink on top of the areacolored. Then ink your brayer with Black or Navy, cover the entire card again. Let the ink dry, then buff the card with a paper towel to remove excess ink. The KC color will then shine through.
  18. Ink up your brayer with embossing ink and roll over the entire card then emboss with clear powder
  19. Watercolor brayer: Ink your brayer with a rainbow pad or markers, then spritz with a water bottle, then roll out for a very pretty watercolor look.
  20. Wrap saran wrap around your brayer for another unique background
Foam Attachment
  1. Use your foam brayer for an all over airbrush effect.
  2. Use your foam brayer with your stencils.
  3. Use with the KC pads for rainbow effect.
  4. Use the spritz technique with the foam brayer for a watercolor effect.
Acrylic Attachment

  1. Put rubber bands around brayer and ink up with ink and brayer onto card stock
  2. Put rubber bands around brayer and ink up with ink and brayer in various directions making plaid or various diagonal lines
  3. Use your acrylic brayer to make sharp creases in your card stock


Tanis said...

OH BOY!! I need to save this page...I just got a brayer for Christmas! Thanks Corie!

Deborah said...

I don't have a brayer, but now I have great ideas on using one! Thanks for sharing! Deb

Wanda. said...

these are great TFS

Colleen said...

Wow! Great tips . . . makes me want to go play with my neglected brayer.
Thank you for sharing.

Elizebeth said...

Can you believe I dont own a brayer? I know....I's really wrong of me. It's on my next order!

Dawn Easton said...

thanks for all the tips Corie!

ScrappyPam said...

Nice! Thanks so much - I've bookmarked this for future use.

pescbrico said...

Thanks for the tips! I will sure try some of those! :)

Debbie/StudioBeeCreations said...

Whoooowhooooo, Corie.....THANKS for all the tips....gonna SAVE this page for reference for sure!!!!
Got any more criss-cross cards????lol!

malieta said...

Thank you for the tips Corie..I'm going to save this information and refer back to it!

Rose Ann said...

Great tips, Corie!! TFS

Nancy Grant said...

Wow... that's a whole lot of tips. Thanks so much for taking the time to share!

Anonymous said...

Very thoughtful article! Thanks for all the info. Nice that people who have tried these things can share that info. Thank you!

Teri said...

thanks for these tips too! I'm going to have to do a class using the brayer!

Beth Norman said...

More wonderful tips. I hope you don't mind, but I'm linking this post to a huge art yahoo group I'm in. Some UK gals wanted to know what to do with a brayer. Talk about timing! Hugs,