Ways to Love Your Brayer
Stripes: using markers, make stripes on your brayer (this works best if you lie it on its back and turn the roller while holding the marker) all the way around until the beginning and ending stripe meet. Roll brayer across your paper in whatever direction you desire.
Squiggles (technical term): Repeat the same process as for Stripes but make wavy lines instead of straight ones.
Confetti/Dots/Raindrops: Randomly make marks on your brayer with your marker (you can use different colors) all over the entire roller. Then roll away.
Plaids: Same as with the markers for Stripes except criss-cross pattern.
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.
Reverse/mirror Image: Color your stamp, rubber side up and roll the brayer over the image several times, then roll over your paper (works great with trees, flowers etc).
Mirror Image: If you have an image that you want to face each other… you would brayer over the stamp like above and then roll onto your paper then stamp the original image nose to nose with the first.
Kissing: Brayer over a background stamp then use your other stamps like a Solid and stamp onto the background stamp then stamp onto your card stock - your solid stamp now has a design and you have just multiplied your uses of one set.
Ghosting: Stamp an image on your card (say the Snowflake from a "Snowflake" set) several times in clear embossing ink. (DO NOT EMBOSS) Then brayer over your invisible images with regular dye pad and your snowflakes will start to appear.
Resist: Works best with glossy paper. You will need to choose your resist medium; ink, wax or other. I tried with the metallic pens. You color on the glossy card stock with the pens in any way, or pattern you choose then you use the same technique as the ghosting by brayering over with a different color. The pattern that you drew or colored will not let the brayered ink absorb through the card stock therefore comes the "resist". (This category could actually count for about 10 different ways to love your brayer as you are only limited by your imagination on what you choose as your resist medium)
Others to try:
oil colored pencils (work best with regular matte finished papers);
emboss ink (try the emboss pens to write a hidden message);
white out/correction pen;
Another "Resist" able technique: crumple a piece of wax paper; iron (on hottest setting/no steam) wax paper onto white card stock (be sure to use an additional sheet of card stock between the wax paper and iron); press for only 2-3 seconds - this will transfer the wax to both sheets of card stock (if you iron too long the wax will be absorbed into the paper) Ink your brayer and then brayer over card stock. The brayer will resist laying color where the was paper has left its design (makes a great background paper)
Another variation to the above is to use your stylus tool and with the wax paper on the card stock use the tip of your stylus to write your own message or draw your own design - brayer over to reveal your design or message.
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.
Put a piece of cheesecloth down and brayer over the cheesecloth for a different effect.
Try the same as the cheesecloth, but with lace doilies or
Brayer over a leaf (two ways to do this: place card stock over leaf or other nature finds and bring out the textured surfaces below; or use the reverse/mirror image technique to pick up the pattern of your nature find.)
Joseph's Coat: Brayer with multiple colors of ink cover the entire area of your card (glossy works best). Emboss your image with clear embossing powder/ink on top of the area colored (this technique works best with the more solid image stamps. Then ink your brayer with Black or Navy (the darker the better) and cover the entire card again with this new color. Let the overcoat of ink dry, then buff the card with a paper towel to remove excess ink. What happens is that your ink colors will then shine through. Just think of a great landscape card with stars in the sky and trees)
Ink up your brayer with embossing ink and roll over the entire card then emboss with clear powder.
Brayer an intense/brilliant color on glossy card stock then use a speckle background stamp and clear emboss ink, stamp then emboss with multi colored emboss powder. When you heat it will bring out the beautiful play in colors.
Watercolor brayer: Ink your brayer with markers, then spritz with a water bottle, then roll out for a very pretty watercolor look.
Put rubber bands around your brayer for unique background or
Wrap syran wrap around your brayer for another unique background,
Try fabric netting or the netting from bags of oranges or marbles,
Cheesecloth around the brayer instead of rubber bands,
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