I wanted to convey that sense of bleariness you get after opening your eyes. It's kinda like bokeh, before you're eyes can focus. I also wanted to portray a sense of dreams slipping away. Where these confetti dots drift away as you come awake.
I made the background with distress ink, rubbing the ink pad on the paper and spraying a lot of water to make the colors bleed and run together. I love the dreamy water quality of it. For the dots, I used the end of a paintbrush and then went over each dot with my fingertip to blur it a bit.
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