|A selection of brayers|
The brayer is most often used in transferring ink to a printing matrix. Ink is laid out on a palette, and the brayer is rolled into the pool of ink, and then repeatedly rolled in one direction until the ink is evenly distributed. The brayer is then rolled across the surface to be printed, transferring ink onto the raised areas before paper is run through the press and the ink is transferred to the paper.
Brayers are particularly useful when inking an image or text form that requires more than one color. For example, instead of coating a plate with black ink, printing, and coating another section with red ink and printing on top of the original, one plate can be inked with multiple colors. Using small brayers to ink up multiple sections of an image or block of text can allow this whole process to be complete in one run!
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