The sampler pictured above is from the book Creating Decorative Paper.
Painting with Rollers or Brayers
This technique is simple and effective. The results can be stunning.
A brayer is a printmaking roller that's very handy for creating special effects on paper or canvas, but you can use a regular old paint roller or a sponge or foam roller, too.
- Spread old newspapers on your work surface.
- A large piece of glass or plexi (with the edges taped for safety) can serve as the flat surface upon which to spread your paint or printing ink.
- Roll the brayer in the paint/ink until it's well-covered thinly, not too juicy.
- Roll a straight or curvy application on your paper of choice. Repeat. Leave some areas unpainted if you wish.
- Add a different color to the glass and mix it with the previous color if desired. Or clean the brayer and the glass and try another color entirely.
(Here, a few sparkles of the original white paper have been left untouched...er, unrolled!)
I plan to post several more easy variations using paint rollers very soon, so please check back!