Bo-kuh? or Bo-kay? Either one works – and can be created in so many different mediums. I’m showing you just two today, along with a stamp set that’s for Halloween, but can be also used anytime of year for the right audience – kids!

Bokeh Two Ways

I’ve wanted to create another bokeh video again, because whenever I do so on Instagram or Periscope, folks act like they haven’t seen it before…LOL! So here’s another to add to the queue (eventually maybe I should just make a playlist with them all!) I’m showing it in two mediums: my usual Copic technique, and then I played with some new markers I bought recently. Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

To create a bokeh effect in Copics, first lay down a coat of basic colors. Then add dots — bigger ones are “cuter,” but you can do any size. Carry the dots of one color over into the color next to it, and vice versa, til they start to visually blend. In this particular image I also added an excess right around the ghosts, to be sure they popped out well from their background.Sandy Allnock Bokeh CopicIn watercolor it can be a little more challenging, but is possible! You can try it in different types of watercolor too. Paints tend to layer naturally, but you may need to “dab off” some color with a paper towel or rag if you want some light colorations like I was going for. I mixed in some colored pencil too, to create some darker areas to pop the ghosts out of their background.

Sandy Allnock Bokeh watercolor


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