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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.
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.....