Brayer Play: Comparing A Brayer to Other Application Tools

brayer play

Today, I’ve been busy working on the next eArticle, “Brayer Techniques”. (It will be ready to post sometime on Monday afternoon 5/20/13.) I’ve mostly been working on the text and the layout for the pdf version today, but I had a little bit of time to get my fingers inky too! Here, I am comparing the look you get with six different ink applicators using Ranger Archival Ink on glossy white cardstock. It probably won’t be in the eArticle itself; consider it a bonus! :)

End of a Cosmetic Sponge: This is the way we used to get ink on paper for backgrounds way back when. We stampers still do it some, but we’ve learned easier ways since then. Still, I thought the look of simply repeatedly pressing the sponge end to the paper (instead of trying to smear it smooth) had potential for a background pattern.

Direct To Paper: DTP is a technique popularized the the ladies at Magenta many years ago using Clearsnap pigment inks and it is still a good one. You want  a juicy inkpad so that it doesn’t drag on the cardstock too much and cause the inkpad come loose.

Brayer: I used a soft rubber brayer here. It was the quickest of the techniques (except for using a stamp) and gave me a smooth bold result.

Sea Sponge: I tend to use sea sponges more with paint than with ink but sometimes when you want a more random speckling of ink, they can be an effective choice.

Stipple Brush: This was done with a JudiKins Color Duster brush. It creates a more uniform speckling pattern.

Stamp: The stamp is by Deadbeat Designs. Stamping is of course my favorite way to get ink onto a piece of paper. What is yours?


4 thoughts on “Brayer Play: Comparing A Brayer to Other Application Tools

  1. I have tried all three too and the best coverage with a smooth finish for me was the rubber brayer….especially the dark colors! Look forward to the article.

    1. Jan – I like the brayer version too for smoothness. The direct-to-paper version is a bit more intense color-wise but I think that is because I needed to use a LOT of patting to get full coverage. (The direct-to-paper ink was so wet that I had to dry it with my heat tool before I could put it on my scanner.) Of course if I had brayered longer, it would have worked out the same way, so six of one, half dozen of the other I guess. The brayer is much quicker either way. ~Nancie

  2. I buy mostly white glossy paper and brayer the color I want (mostly Rangers Archivals and Adirondacks) right onto the paper I am going to use. That is great as a background or punched item. After that you can stamp an image that will coordinate with your other pieces.

    1. Donna – The paper you use really does make a difference. You are right, brayered paper can be great for not just backgrounds, but also as a starting paper for punching or die-cutting. So many possibilities! : ) Nancie

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