Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Bokeh - Have you tried this technique?

I've been seeing lots of postings about cards made using a technique called Bokeh.  I wasn't really sure what it was but once I saw the cards and also checked out a video to see how to do it, I decided to give it a try.

Here's a definition from Wikipedia:

In photography, bokeh (Originally /ˈboʊkɛ/, /ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay — also sometimes pronounced as /ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light".

It's a little messy, but not really difficult.  I first mixed 3 colours - about 6 drops of reinker with about a teaspoon of water, but you can mix to your liking.  In this card I used Coastal Cabana, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight. I used watercolour paper and then wetted it with my aqua colour painter.  I did find that it works a little better if the paper isn't too wet.   Once you have the paper wetted, I used my Aqua Painter to randomly put spots of colour down until I had the paper full.  Then I went back with my lightest colour and made sure I didn't have any white spots.  Let this dry.

The next step is to make a template of various circle sizes.  I used my circle frailest and a window sheet.  Then lay the template over top and colour in the circles using a White Kraft Ink Pad and a sponge dauber.  You can overlap the white circles.  Here's another tip - I found that I needed quite a bit of white kraft ink to be able to see the circles.  Make sure your ink pad isn't too dry and make sure your watercolour paper is dry.  Someone told me that you might be able to use White StazOn, but I haven't tried this yet.

Here's the final result...

I like how this turned out.  Have plans for more of these cards in the future!
Interested in learning more, email me.

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Happy stamping!
Melva

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