I taught a class on brayer printing last weekend at the Southwest School of Art. The brayer is my new favorite tool. Although I have used it for years, I've only recently come to fully appreciate what a versatile tool it is. It is a great way to transform fabric. It can be used with just about any medium, including paint, thickened dye, discharge agents and resists. You can achieve a variety of effects with a brayer all by itself. Then add some textured items into the mix and the possibilities are endless!
We started by comparing the marks made with a rubber brayer, a foam brayer and a napped brayer. Then we add texture by placing items under the fabric and brayering over them.
|This fabric was scrunched, then brayer printed with a rug gripper and a piece of lacy fabric underneath.|
|This fabric was brayer printed with rubber bands and egg noodles underneath.|
|A rubber brayer created the yellow background pattern and the fabric was scrunched before being brayered with purple.|
|Cathy adds some background color with dye.|
Sarah applies flour paste resist with a foam wall roller.