Art Techniques

Brayer Printing Art Technique
A brayer in action.

A brayer evenly applies paint to larger areas without brush lines. These are important goals for fine printmaking.

A brayer, or ink roller, rolls paint evenly and is great for printmaking. To "ink" a brayer, you'll need something smooth and flat to roll the paint on, such as a sheet of acrylic or glass.

This will be your palette. With an adult's help, place duct tape around the edges of the palette to cover any rough ends. Before you begin inking, cover your work surface with newspaper.

What You'll Need:

  • Brayer, palette (sheet of acrylic or glass)
  • Duct tape
  • Newspapers
  • Poster paints
  • Masking tape
  • Finger-paint paper


Step 1: Place pieces of masking tape across a piece of finger-paint paper to create a stripe design.

Step 2: Put 3 dots of paint on the palette in a row. Roll the brayer in one direction until it is coated with 3 stripes.

Roll the brayer over the pieces of tape

Step 3: Roll the inked brayer over the paper to make a stripe design. When the paint is dry, peel off the tape.

A finished brayer print.

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