Usually when painting Wood Flourishes from Kaisercraft I just use a small brush to apply the paint. The problem with this is that I end up covering the darkened sides of the embellishment which takes away some of the interest and depth. So this time I stopped and asked myself "what if I use a different tool?" in an attempt to solve this problem and keep those nice details while painting the top of the wood flourish.
My answer...use a brayer! A brayer is a round rubber roller that can be used to smooth out surfaces and apply inks/paints evenly. So all I did was squirt out some white acrylic paint on my non-stick craft mat (mine is the Tattered Angels craft mat that is 3 feet by 4 feet) and then I rolled my brayer through the paint until it was covered with a thin even coat. Then I rolled the brayer over my Wood Flourishes Gate to apply the paint. It worked perfectly! The paint went only on the top, leaving the nice dark sides untouched. Once I was happy with the amount of coverage, all I did was pop the roller out of the handle and wash it with warm water to remove the paint.
To finish off the gates I used some Black Soot Distress ink to define the edges. The coat of paint was nice and thin so all the small details showed up well.
I know this is a really simple tip, but for me it made all the difference in the final product. I hope you enjoyed!