Brayers and Barens
Brayers and barens are essential tools for printmaking projects. A brayer is a small hand roller used to roll ink and paint onto printing blocks. It applies a thin layer of ink or paint — the perfect amount to transfer onto paper, fabric, and more. The brayer rollers are typically made of rubber or foam and have wire or plastic handles.
A baren is a circular hand tool with a smooth, flat face and a handle. Roll ink onto your printing block, place a piece of paper on top, and rub the paper firmly with the baren. It will help lift the ink or paint from the block and onto the paper.