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Old 08-24-2009, 02:07 AM   #1
Lynn in St. Louis
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Default TLC235 Painted Grid {8/24/09}

Hi challenge lovers! Today you're going to give your brayers a fun workout and create some great background papers. The technique that I'm sharing with you today was first introduced to me by Pat Huntoon and her awesome Technique Junkies Newsletter about six months ago and when I first saw it, I knew at once that I'd want to share it with you, so let's get started.

The list of supplies that you will need for this technique are:
Rubber brayer
Wax paper or a non-stick craft sheet to protect your work surface
Either drywall tape or magic mesh (I used drywall tape because I didn't have any magic mesh, and drywall tape is easy to find at just about any hardware comes in a big roll and is adhesive backed.)
Either Gesso or any acrylic paint

1) wrap the drywall tape or magic mesh around your brayer. The width won't be large enough to cover the brayer, so you will need to cut another piece to adhere to the brayer, just make sure you line up the edges with your first piece of mess. Don't overlap the edges and trim off any excess from both ends of your brayer

2) Spread a thin layer gesso or acrylic paint onto your wax paper and roll your brayer into the paint, covering all sides. If you get too much paint or gesso on your brayer, just roll it off so that you don't apply too much onto your cardstock.

3) Using gentle pressure, roll your painted brayer over the cardstock laying down your paint. Roll the grid over all parts of the cardstock, re-ink your brayer as needed.

4) After amble drying time, you're ready to either stamp onto your textured cardstock, or use as is.

This technique has endless possibilities for backgrounds on cards, to enhance patterned paper, patterns for punched embellishments, and for fun elements on scrapbook pages. I can't wait to see what creative ideas you come up with today.

To see the card I created using this technique, CLICK HERE

To view all the projects in the TLC235 gallery, CLICK HERE.

And, as always, be sure to enter in the keyword, TLC235 (no spaces) when your upload your project.
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