In photography, bokeh is the quality of out-of-focus or “blurry” parts of the image rendered by a camera lens focus and depth of field. Bokeh (pronounced both as boh-kay or boh-kuh) comes from the Japanese word boke meaning blur. The English spelling bokeh was popularized in 1997 in Photo Techniques magazine and is widely recognized in photos of twinkling Christmas lights or macro photography of flowers as seen below:
In case you are wondering, no, bokeh does not apply to blurry circles only, it can be nearly any out-of-focus shape such as hearts, starbursts or hexagons.
I have been wanting to learn this technique, but of course, finding the time always seems to be my greatest challenge! Last weekend I traveled to Manchester, New Hampshire, for a Stamp-a-Stack event and some one-on-one time with my newest downline, Nancy, who joined Stampin' UP! as a demonstrator in February. Yay, Nancy! After an evening of business pointers, stamping tips and a great dinner at Carabba's (with peach sangria) we bokeh-ed!
While there are many tutorials available,
here is the link to the great tutorial I used
from Artisan Design Team Member Shannon Lane
of Crush on Colour.
While these samples weren't quite dry enough for me to complete the final card with, the bokeh technique was SO easy to learn and I was very pleased with the end result!
The best part is, you can learn this technique too:
Please join me on Wednesday, May 11,
from 6:30-8:30 PM for a
Watercolor Bokeh Techniques Class!
*RSVP required as class size is limited.