Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bokeh?

Hello Stampin’ Friends,
Have you ever heard the word “bokeh”? I sure have not and had to look it up.
Here is what Wikipedia says:
“The term comes from the Japanese word boke (暈け or ボケ), which means “blur” or “haze”, orboke-aji (ボケ味), the “blur quality”. The Japanese term boke is also used in the sense of a mental haze or senility.[8] The term bokashi (暈かし) is related, meaning intentional blurring or gradation.
The English spelling bokeh was popularized in 1997 in Photo Techniques magazine, when Mike Johnston, the editor at the time, commissioned three papers on the topic for the March/April 1997 issue; he altered the spelling to suggest the correct pronunciation to English speakers, saying “it is properly pronounced with bo as in bone and ke as in Kenneth, with equal stress on either syllable”.[9] The spellings bokeh and boke have both been in use since at least 1996, when Merklinger had suggested “or Bokeh if you prefer.”[10] The term bokeh has appeared in photography books as early as 1998.[3] It is sometimes pronounced /ˈbkə/ (boke-uh).[2]

This terminology is often used in photography. Bokeh describes the appearance, or “feel,” of out-of-focus areas. Bokeh is not how far something is out-of-focus, bokeh is the character of whatever blur is there.
bokeh
I would never have thought to put this technique in a stamping format. I need to do a How It’s Made video for you, so in the meantime, enjoy this card. I would say it is pretty close. This card is made for one of the lawyers. It is her birthday today. I used the Daisy Die #2 (retired … but one of my favorite dies) to create the flower and added a button in the middle.
StampersPlus: Daisy Bokeh
Although this card took forever to make due to the drying time. It’s a combination of mixed media art and a technique called bokeh.

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