Sunday, 14 December 2014

Brayered Backgrounds {Part 1} by Leandra Franich

Hi everyone Leandra here, joining you this evening with a post about brayered backgrounds, very much inspired by Ellen Vargo and the work she has done with her stamps and a mini brayer. 


All year I have been demoing variations of this idea using various colour combinations. If you can master this basic technique first and get the feel for the paint on the brayer, and how to layer up transluscents and opaque chalk Frescos, then you will be ready to go on to explore it in numerous other directions.

Today I'm showing you the simplest version as below, using a bunch of colours from the same family of yellows, oranges and reds. The top part has been left bright, the lower portions has been brayered with a layer of snowflake, which softens the overall effect allowing the background to be more usable for stamped projects.


For example, here are 2 brayered backgrounds stamped with archival ink in the same shades with Clare Lloyds stamps and set into small white-painted niche frames.


For the orange background I used the following paints, a brayer and quarter of a PaperArtsy Craft Mat as a small palette. Snowflake, Haystack, Yellow Submarine, Pumpkin Soup, Tango, Brown Shed, London Bus, Blood Orange.


Step One: Start by applying a small spot of paint to a small piece of craft sheet. With very little pressure on the brayer, gradually 'ink up' the brayer with the paint and soft pull onto your smoothy card with soft gentle, flicking action, from the outside edges to the inner section rotating the page 90 degrees each time until you have a loaded brayer. Repeat until you run out of paint.

Step Two: Repeat with colours, getting darker until you have a page coloured with various shades of the same tone. eg yellow/ orange/ red.

Step Three: If you wish to soften the background to stamp over the top more easily, then apply a layer of snowflake with the brayer to soften back.



Video: Here's a video to show you step by step the basic technique. 

This is the first part in a series where I will explore and expand this technique further. In the next video that will follow in a week's time I will show you how to add additional colours to make backgrounds like these, and of course, layers of stamps too, like these examples below.




I hope you get a chance to have a go with this technique, for me, it has become my go-to starting point with paint, there is no waste, no mess, and every item you make is different. The resulting pages are perfect for journal pages, card or scrapbook backgrounds.  

I look forward to touching base with you in a week.

Leandra.

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20 comments:

Helen said...

Can't wait for the video, but I love these brayered backgrounds; I am mighty addicted to them myself!

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

I LOVE these backgrounds. Thanks so much for doing videos.

Craftyfield said...

Me too!

butterfly said...

Another inspirational post - can't wait for the video too!
Alison xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is great, Leandra, so clearly explained. It was fun seeing you do this at the craft barn and having everyone join in with lots of cool colour combos!

Lucy x

kjjc said...

Yay. Thank you for doing this.

Julie Ann Lee said...

Lovely effects with brayering and Ellen's stamps. xx

Steven said...

brilliant technique. happy to see another video "masterclass"

Hazel Agnew said...

Masterclass from the Maestro. Extended my repertoire. Look forward to more! Xx

Ellen Vargo said...

NICE! Love your spin on the brayer and so tickled to hear it was inspired by little ole' me! Can't wait to see what's next!

Seth said...

Beautiful backgrounds Leandra. And you have explained the process so well.

Susan Carol said...

Great video and can't wait to try it. I hope we don't have to wait too long for the next videos in this series!

Deborah Wainwright said...

So useful Leandra look forward to playing over the hols, x

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Wonderful background and beautiful fresco colours. Thank you for wonderful video tutorial Leandra!! I really wanted to see it when you were the demonstration at a exhibition hall. Can't wait next video too xxx

massofhair said...

Thanks for the video, really clear and very helpful :-) xxx

Coco said...

Thanks for this post Leandra, I will look at the video too as soon as possible. It's really an interesting post and technique indeed, the bachgrounds you got are very beautiful! xxx

craftytrog said...

Great video, some really useful tips! xx

Coco said...

Thank you very much Leandra for this blog post and this great video I've succeeded to see it at last, so happy with it!!! Hugs Coco xx

Sarah Dunkley said...

Love this technique! X

artmadnana said...

Fabulous technique Leandra. So pleased you've made the vids as these are great reminders of the steps. I always forget the importance of using the white to tone down. Thankyou so much for this brilliant inspiration. Pimk masterboard crazy now!

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