There are a lot of ways to add paint to a page. A lot. I often reach for baby wipes, scrape paint on with a palette knife, or use my fingers. For today, I decided to step outside of those usual application methods and use a brayer.
If you’re anything like me, a brayer is usually reserved for work on a Gel Press Plate so I figured this would be a good way to change things and venture off on a new path.
I chose two colors of paint, got out my trusty brayer, and went at it.
Since my workbench is covered with NonStick Craft Sheet (the one we sell by the foot) it’s not necessary to drag out a palette pad. I just work directly on my bench, then wipe up the leftover paint when I’m finished.
I actually put out way too much paint, as evidenced by the gloppy nature of what you’re seeing on the brayer. I rolled it out a little further to spread the paint out a bit more, reducing the glop-factor.
Then I rolled it on the page. I like the ombre look that two colors creates. And depending on how I apply the next brayerful of paint, I can either create a striped pattern of orange/pink/orange/pink or pink/orange/pink. I went for the later…
I turned the journal so I could still work right handed and create that pink/orange/pink pattern.
And there ya go.
Add some big black dots using the Mini Ink Blending Tool. Nice contrast and of course they’re round so I like them.
And add some white scribbles around the dots. I like this too. Then I was kind of stumped about where to go next. They kind of look like flower centers, so I could add some petals.
Ok, petals added. Maybe embellish them a bit…
Better. But there’s a lot of open space there, just begging for something to fill it.
Scribbles work, as does a dashed border. Though there’s still a fair amount of open space and I was undecided about what to do next, so I left it until this morning and took another look.
And decided to fill in the open space around the petals with black dots in groups and some single ones. And to add a scribbly circle around the single ones. If you loo closely, you’ll see I added teeny, tiny dots along the side of each petal where there is not scribbly words. Now it’s done!