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Monday, 29 December 2014

Bokeh tutorial.......

Good evening all!!

Tonight I'd like to share with you a little tutorial for my new "fave" technique - "Bokeh" :-)
I know I promised it on Boxing Day but you know how that time flies thing is....

So what is "Bokeh" ???

Well it originates from the art of photography and is basically a soft out of focus blur/haze on a photo. Often seen on pics of fairy lights at this time of year.

Surfing the net at the beginning of December I came across a couple of cards created using this effect and fell in love so I created my own version of the technique ( It is also covered in a different way/medium in January's Craft Stamper)

So how dowe do it......well it is super super easy...

What do you need?

Substrate - card/mdf blank or whatever you want to cover
Selection of acrylic paints - for this projects I used 2 shades of gold and silver
White acrylic paint
Scrap card
1 inch flat brush
make up sponge
Circle cutter/nesting circle dies
(Gesso if using Mdf - cover with this b4 step 1)

Step 1) Cover your chosen project in a couple of layers of your coloured paints. Make sure they overlap slightly and blend.

Step 2) die cut 3 different sized circles from scrapcard to form your template (I used black here to help with photography - I would suggest you use white to prevent any die leaking out of the card stock and ruining your project...)

Step 3) Squeeze out a little white acrylic and then sponge through your various circles taking turns to overlap. Be careful to only apply a thin layer of paint - if you are anxious about overloading colour you could add a small spritz of water to the white to let it down slightly. Not too much though or it may run under your stencil. As you overlap the depth of white increases. You can cover your entire project for a very soft look or you can leave some blank space like I did.

Once dry stamp and decorate to taste

.....simple easy but beautifully effective I think! 

Why not try using a pale pastel / translucent paint (a paint with see through properties ) or as suggested in CS, a chalk white ink as your Bokeh layer instead of white acrylic.

Hope you have enjoyed tonights tutorial

Thank you for stopping by and saying Hi

Crafty Cheers for now




Sunday, 28 December 2014

Fly Free......mixed media mirror gift

Afternoon/evening blog friends :-)

Thought I would pop by tonight with a quick share of some more Christmas crafting for a friend ....

This is an ikea mirror that was painted and then layered with stencils and more paints and gilding waxes as well as some metal embellishments and stampin to finish it off.....

Hope you are all still full of christmas cheer/pudding!!

I am off to curl up with my christmas books and a whole lot of cheesy festive films :-)

Stay safe and wrap up warm

Frosty cheers for now




Sunday, 21 December 2014

Christmas at last!!!

Well well well here I am ....LONG overdue and muchly sorry!!

It's been a crazy few weeks at Casa Fairefoxes and sadly the poor bloggage has taken a back seat BUT I have just about made it in to show some final Christmas orders!

These are some Plaques I was asked to complete all bespoke and as you can see varied lol!!

Some simple mixed media, paints, gel mediums, texture pastes, stamping, stencilling and embossing went into these....

Hope they go down well with the recipients .....

Right off to finish the rest of the orders and my remaining Christmas presents while Fe heads off in search of a Christmas mousey

Have a good Sunday everyone!!

Crafty Christmas Cheers for now