3 Mediums to Create a Realistic Bokeh Effect

Happy 2022! It feels like today starts that new adventure I talked about last week….and I hope you’re as excited as I am! This is taking far longer than my old style of posting, at least for the moment – because I’m coordinating social media posts all week, and tying everything up so it works together. I’m developing a system though, and am very hopeful it’ll become smooth sailing over time!

In this first episode of my new format – the “Deep Dive” video takes a look at 3 different ways to achieve a bokeh effect, which is what photographers get when the background is 1) out of focus (foreground is IN focus) and there are 2) either twinkly lights (think night city scene) or light filtering onto dust particles in the background. It becomes soft and out of focus – and makes an excellent background for all kinds of art projects!

Video

In the video, three different ways – starting from easiest, and going up to hardest. Watch below or click HERE to see it on YouTube – where you can also click on “chapters” to advance to the medium you’d like to see.

Colored Pencil

This is the easy one – pick some analagous colors, and I recommend having a black or dark color included too, just to create some drama/contrast. It looks great with some light and some dark areas. Grab your tea strainer and cotton balls and get busy!

Colored Pencil Supplies

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Watercolor

This one’s a little tougher – the rabbit not included in that descriptor! You can use whatever image in the foreground you want. But for the bokeh background, let colors bleed together, then when it’s mostly dry – damp but not puddly – you’ll lift off the bokeh lights with a baby wipe. And by the way this original painting is for sale HERE – and prints are HERE.

Watercolor Supplies

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Copic Marker

This one might be a bit tougher! Lots of color layering – the yellows felt unrealistic so I tempered them with blue-violets, then that got so purple I added the yellows back….but it came out so gorgeous I don’t really care how much time it took. Ha!

Colors used…

Copic Marker Supplies

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What will you try?

What’s your medium? Can you picture these backgrounds behind a particular image in the foreground?