Hi, my name is Heather and I blog at Setting for Four a home design, decor and lifestyle blog. I focus on home renovations, crafts, DIY’s and recipes as well as family friendly design and decorating ideas that won’t break the bank or sacrifice style!
I’m thrilled to be here today to be a part of The Girl Creative’s ‘Create Memories with Kids’ Summer Series!
My son is quite an amazing artist….I’ve shown some of his other artwork before at Setting for Four…..in this Turn Kids Art into Tea Towels DIY and this DIY Thanksgiving Towel from Kids Art. He loves to draw and paint and hopes to be an architect one day!
He loves Bokeh photography which I showed him last Christmas when I was taking my first Bokeh Christmas photographs. So we put our heads together one day to make some art together and we came up with this fun idea to create a Bokeh photography effect for this piece of DIY art:
If you’ve never heard of Bokeh photography, Bokeh is the blurring of an image when photographed in an out-of-focus way. It’s a very cool and interesting technique which I used to make these Holiday photographs and this white and silver Bokeh photography.
Multicolored Bokeh-ish circles were created in this graphic DIY art that’s easy to make with your kids! Creating handmade art with your kids is such a great way to create fun memories together!
– Mod Podge Washout
The beauty of Mod Podge Washout is that it’s the same great formula as Mod Podge Gloss but washes out of clothing and furniture with soap and water, even when dry. It’s completely machine washable with no pre-soak needed….so this is great for Mom’s and teachers!
– Apple Barrel Paints
The Apple Barrel acrylic paints are great for kids too and so versatile– soap and water cleanup while wet and come in such a beautiful wide range of colors. Great for family activities and kids projects!
– Colors used: Banana, Lime Tree, Petunia Purple, Pool Blue, Candy Pink
– White acrylic craft paint.
– Foam Spouncer Stencil Brushes
– Paint brush
– Scrapbook paper – I used a glossy white linen-like textured paper.
– 1 inch circle punch.
– Artist Canvas – Michaels $8.46
– Using a clean pie plate, or piece of Styrofoam, pour out small amounts of each color of Apple Barrel paint.
– Paint entire canvas yellow ‘Banana’ color (or whichever color your child likes!)
– Dip foam spouncer into a second color and dab on plate.
– Place spouncer onto canvas creating random circles of paint.
– Select next color and with a clean spouncer repeat until the canvas is covered with colored circles – giving a bokeh effect!
– Let dry.
– With 1 inch circle punch, punch out several circles from scrapbook paper.
– Glue them onto canvas using Mod Podge Washout.
– Add a whitewash topcoat to entire canvas using white acrylic paint diluted with a bit of water.
– Let dry and hang your art!
Doesn’t it look like Bokeh photography?
I propped our DIY Bokeh Art Canvas on a table next to a stack of books, a Johnathan Adler-ish vase and candle votives. I absolutely love it! Mostly because he made it with his own hands and creativity!
What do you think?
Do you think this looks similar to Bokeh photography?
This will be a great kids craft to keep your kids entertained this summer! Perfect for a rainy day activity inside!!
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