Saturday, 14 January 2017



Hi there!

How're you doing?  Trust all
is going to plan in your corner
of the universe .....................

To round off the week's bokeh
techniques we have Angela Radford
to show us how she goes about it

Get comfy and prepare to enjoy:

"This is an official name for a specific photographic  effect.
It comes from the Japanese word for 
haze : 'boke'  and blur: Boke-aji.
It is basically the aesthetic quality of images 
out-of-focus in a photograph. 

Crafters have found ways of reproducing this effect without a camera.

There are various ways of achieving this effect 
with both wet and dry techniques. 
The one I am using today is probably the most messy 
but I know that my crafting friends out there don't mind 
getting their hands dirty! 

So here goes.

For this technique you are best using watercolour paper 
as we are going to be getting it nice and wet.

So first you will need to attach the paper to a craft mat 
with masking tape as the paper is likely to warp when wet.

Next cover it thoroughly with water,
lots of it as you need the paint to spread. 
I have started adding colour here and it shows quite well 
that the paper is very wet.

I have used Paper Artsy fresco paints for this 
and you need to add enough water to them 
so they are more like a wash 
then apply them around the paper  
allowing them to blend slightly.

It may look a little dark at this stage 
but remember it will go lighter when dry. 
You can blot it if you wish to remove some of the colour. 

Remove the masking tape and dry it by either 
leaving it to dry naturally or use your heat gun

It should now look something like this:

If the paper has distorted I place it under my craft mat 
for a couple of  hours which will flatten it out again

Now you can start to add the dotty images 
though actually you could use any shape you like 
but I like dots as they are easy to find in different sizes. 
You can use a stencil or dabbers for this. 

I used a white pigment ink at different intensities 
until I was satisfied with the coverage.

And it's time to decide how you will use the Masterboard.
But before I do that I have another practice piece that I tried 
to see how this technique would look with coloured dots too 
and here is part of the Masterboard I made but what do you think?

These would make great background papers for all kinds of projects.                                                                                        
I decided to use sections from both Masterboards to make a card

I needed a background so decided to try the technique 
on a black card blank and I really like the effect.

I played around with the layout for a while before making 
a decision about the design. 

It was during this stage that I decided to use both Masterboards.

I used small dew drops from my stash 
to finish the card which just adds that 
little bit of sparkle which is so perfect 
for this technique.

Hope you enjoyed watching me make this. 
Give it a go, it's great fun to do.
Happy crafting,
 Angela x"

Materials used:
Masking tape.

Echo that Angela!  

Many thanks for a super project.

I'm off to make some master boards 
So very useful to have in your stash, 
especially if you have limited time
or, like me, an awful memory.....

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx


  1. Hi Mickie, pleased you liked it and even more pleased I gave the technique a go, I am won over with that and can see me using the technique for many more Masterboards as I have lots of more ideas of how I can use and adapt it.......let the fun continue! Happy crafting everyone, Angela xXx

  2. Awesome card and thank you for the 'how to' ! So inspiring! xxx

  3. Love the card, especially like the effect on the black---- will have to use that idea. Great tutorial X

  4. Lovely card, such a pretty effect x

  5. Thank you so much for the lovely comments, I really appreciate them. Happy crafting, Angela x

  6. Thanks for sharing this lovely technique, Angela! Love the masterboards you've made, as well as the card. I particularly like the one with the coloured dots - really pretty!


    1. Thanks for popping over Shoshi, pleased you like it. Happy crafting, Angela x

  7. I like both Masterboards and both techniques give great results! The card is beautiful, very striking.


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