Brayer Scraper Art Technique

The Brayer Scraper Art Technique jazzes up your favorite journal or notebook. You choose the colors, you select the designs, and you even make the painting tools.

Give a wooden box a design upgrade with this palette tool, or decorate note-cards to give to friends and family. The designs change with the size and shape of the combs you cut out.

What You'll Need:
  • Pencil
  • Cardboard
  • Blunt scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Finger paints
  • Palette
  • Brayer
  • Finger-paint paper

Step 1: To make painting tools, draw a comb on the cardboard. Cut it out. Make different combs to create different paint patterns. Make a comb with lots of tiny teeth or a few spaced-out teeth.

Step 2: Cover your work surface with newspaper.

Step 3: Put some finger paint on a flat palette. Roll the brayer in the paint, then roll the inked brayer in stripes on the finger-paint paper.

Step 4: Run the cardboard combs over the wet paint to create a design. Scrape each comb in a square section of paint to make patchwork designs. Let your painting dry flat on the newspaper.

On the next page, learn how to use another non-paintbrush painting tool to create a totally unique work of art.

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