Monday, August 25, 2014

Bokeh Technique

Hi Friends

Here is my card for the Friday Mashup.  This week the challenge was to create a card using the Bokeh Technique... huh? I had not heard of it... but, when I saw the video I realized I have seen lots of cards using this background... I just didn't know the name.  Here is the technique video from Dawn Woleslagel.  I decided to give it a try. Here is my finished card...

Check out the other samples from the Mashup website Here.  I took pictures along the way to show you how it is's a fun background technique.  Ok, let's get started... oops, my assistant has other ideas.  As soon as I finished taping the watercolor paper to the cardboard, "someone" decided that he wanted to nap right there!

I went downstairs for another cup of coffee and he followed me down to the kitchen.  Aha, now I can get started.  Um, he also followed me back up to the craft room - well, he is my assistant after all.  Can you see that the first panel is wet??  Oh Bailey... you're so cute.

He finally snuggled up against the windows and I was able to get going.   These are the acrylics that I used ...  I'm thinking watercolors would be better but I don't have any ... just put a dab on a styrofoam plate since you want it very 'watery'.

After your work is thoroughly dry, prepare a stencil using your punches.  I used circles, but any shape would be interesting.  SU's whisper white craft ink works very well.

After you've dabbed all the white spots, you can finish your card.  I chose SU's Pleasant Poppies and then colored them with my markers, letting the background colors show through.  Then I added a few pearls and sequins to provide a little sparkle. 

I'm pretty happy with the way these turned out but I think I like the blue one best, so that is the one I am entering into the challenge.  I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial.

Come back soon,



  1. Beautiful! I'm in love with this technique now! Thank you for sharing Pat!

  2. STUNNING! You nailed this technique!

  3. Fantastic! Your coloring and use of the technique here is just superb!

    Thanks for playing along with us at The Friday Mashup!