Showing posts with label bokeh technique. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bokeh technique. Show all posts

Friday, January 30, 2015

Bokeh Technique

When I was in Spartanburg a couple of weeks ago, I made this card using the Bokeh Technique.  I watched a video on line so I would know what to do.  There are several You Tube videos - just search for You Tube Bokeh Technique and you'll find several.  They are all a little different so you just can figure out which one you like the best. Splitcoast Stampers also has a tutorial.

Bokeh is a technique that's been around in photography circles for years and is starting to pop up in card making I've noticed.  By definition, bokeh is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image.  Not so sure that's what it is for card making but ....

Here's a sample of the bokeh technique in photography:


The way I did my card is:
  • Use Painters Tape all along the edges of a piece of watercolor paper and taped it down to my work space.
  • Use the Aqua Brush and brush water all over the watercolor paper.  Make sure it is completely wet - but not sopping.
  • Pick up ink from the lid of the ink pad (or use reinkers) and lay down colors randomly.  (I used Coastal Cabana, Soft Sky and StrawberrySlush)
  • Once you get the colors the way you want them, let it dry (or use the heat gun to speed it along)
  • Carefully remove the painters tape.
  • I punched 3 different size templates from Window Sheets (transparency) with circle punches (1", 3/4" and 1/2"). 
  • Use daubers to "pounce" Whisper White ink in the circles or rub the ink in the circle templates onto the watercolor paper.  Move your template and keep adding circles of Whisper White ink.
  • You can also use a pencil eraser for tiny circles.  I found I had to go over the circles I did with the template again once they dried.
  • Let it dry (or zap it with the heat gun) and stamp your image.

For my card, I used the Butterfly Basics stamp set from the Occasions Catalog.  I punched the butterfly from the Irresistibly Yours DSP in Sale-a-Bration and sponged it with different colors.