February 23, 2015

Bokeh Technique

Hi all!

Had a great morning yesterday, stamping with friends. A request was made to learn the Bokeh technique. Bokeh, pronounced either BOH-kay or BOH-kə, is a photography term defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light". We made three cards, each with it's own twist.

The first card, we sponged the background with Lost Lagoon, Pool Party and Pear Pizazz. Using a template I created with a 1 1/4", a 1" and a 3/4" round punch, we stenciled with white craft ink. The card on the right has fewer white spots than the one on the left. One of the fun things about this technique is that no two cards are alike.

I wanted to show the group how the same basic background could result in a different look by adding circles of color with a sponge dauber. We used the same color combo that we used for the first card - a little bit different look. The intensity of the color on the card on the left is greater than the one on the right.

I don't have all of the re-inkers, so I went into my stash to find a new combination for the final Bokeh option. I pulled vintage color and papers: Not Quite Navy, More Mustard and Creamy Caramel. For this card, we started with a base of watercolor paper and used re-inker and an aqua painter. The watercolor paper was sprayed down with water using a spritzer prior to laying down color. This technique results in a surprise every time - you never know how the water is going to run. As a final step, I spritzed the base one more time before setting is aside to dry.

TIP: In a hurry? Use your Heat Tool to dry your project. Craft ink takes a bit of time to dry. Especially when using colored in, as in example 2, make sure the craft ink is dry or you'll make a mess of your ink pads!

Instead of using circles for the Bokeh technique on this card, we used stars. You can't see them quite as well in the card on the right, but they do pop in the card with more intense color.

TIP: Your color coach and DSP color combos are great places to determine colors for your projects.

We had a great morning and I'm looking forward our next round of stamping.

As always, if you have any questions regarding today's projects, leave a comment and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Comment: Do you have a favorite of the projects that we did? Be sure to leave a comment and share your thought!

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Thanks for stopping and until next time, take gentle care,


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