Bokeh Background Tutorial

You’ve probably seen photographs where the main subject is sharp and the background is out-of-focus or blurry which creates a dramatic effect. defines bokeh as “a Japanese term for the subjective aesthetic quality of  out-of-focus areas of a photographic image.”

On this tutorial, the talented Vermailene Barrios shows us how to create these round circles of different colors and use as a background for coloring pages.

Vermailene used this lovely I Heart Me page from HEALTHY HUE, a Coloring Health & Fitness Journal with Positive Affirmations.

She achieves a bokeh effect by creating layers of colors similar to the galaxy background except for the last part where she creates different circles instead of adding stars.

Here are the materials she used:

I Heart Me (Simple version) from HEALTHY HUE by Maria Castro-

Or get the single page here –

Maped Helix USA Color’Peps Smoothie Gel Crayons, Pack of 12 –

Caran D’ache Museum Aquarelle Watercolour Pencils – White – or any white watercolor pencil

Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections: The Classics – or any white water color pencil

Uni-ball Signo –

Zig Detailer Watercolor Brush –

Enjoy the full tutorial here:

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