Originally made for a challenge on Krita until I realized I had to give my real name just to sign up on their forums (I generally refuse to give out my real name over the Internet).
The blur effect is made with a filter from G’mic. Like Krita’s blending modes, it offers many, many, many filter effects. Freedom does mean more choices...
Just don’t get too carried away and think it will improve your art.
Constructive Critique requested. See Tips.