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Old 09-02-2008, 08:25 AM   #1  
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Default Brayered Background HELP!!

I am attempting a brayered background, but am having some problems with it. I followed the awesome technique, but I think it might be my brayer (or me! lol!) I keep getting lines and also my brayer gives me patchy coverage. I have attached a picture to show you an example! I did 3 layers of the PP, starting at the edge of the paper and moving inward. See how I don't get a great coverage and then to one side of the paper there are lines running through - what is up with all that?

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I am using a speedball brayer with a black roller - is that correct or do I need another one?

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I haven't seen that brayer. My brayer has a rubber roller. I find I get the best blending results on glossy paper. You do get lines, but the more colour you roll on, the more they disappear. On glossy paper the lines also seem to disappear a bit with time. It's one of those techniques that takes a bit of experimentation to get the feel of. I haven't tried the tutorial yet myself. When I do brayered backgrounds I tend to use my multicoloured inkpads (I have several lovely Adirondack ones) so colours get blended that way.
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you might find some of the tutorials and tips on this blog useful
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I did read her FAQ's last night, too. I think I need the beige rubber attachment ILO my black rubber - that might be the problem!
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I am using Whisper White CS like the tutorials said.
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I've found with brayered backgrounds, the longer they "set" the better they look. Eventually, those "lines" fade.
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I also get lines when I brayer but I have found that if I keep rolling the brayer on the cardstock, after the ink is mostly gone, that it minimizes the lines. The lines that are left will lessen in time or disappear after you finish the card. Stick with it though, the more you do it the better you will get.
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I've found with brayered backgrounds, the longer they "set" the better they look. Eventually, those "lines" fade.
it's funny you say this, b/c I went to bed last night not liking my sample and woke up this morning to see that the lines and colors blended better than I orig. thought. Maybe I just need to 'walk away' from it for a little while!
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it's funny you say this, b/c I went to bed last night not liking my sample and woke up this morning to see that the lines and colors blended better than I orig. thought. Maybe I just need to 'walk away' from it for a little while!
There ya go!



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The same thing happened to me. First, I tried the brayer on regular paper - hated it. Then I tried glossy paper and at first I didn't like it but I'm glad that I didn't throw it away because I looked again the next day and I really like the way it came out. I think I'm going to use this background on my Christmas cards this year. I just have to buy more glossy paper!!

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I also find it works better for me to keep rolling in the same direction instead of back and forth.
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Good tips. I was having the same trouble with lines. Time to go back and try again.
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I agree that using the soft rubber attachment will be better than a hard one. Also, you need to lift your brayer off the paper at each end instead of going over it back and forth without lifting the brayer up. If you don't pick it up off of the paper you'll not get a very even coating of ink on your paper. And glossy cardstock is definitely more "blendable" that plain because of the coating. Good luck!
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You have to go to the Queen of Braying, Michelle Zindorf's blog.

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