What’s ‘cymatics’ I hear you ask? It’s visualising sound waves using sand. I had some bits and bobs kicking around so I thought I’ll give it a bash.
So what am I looking at? I have a single speaker driver sat just underneath a piece of dark paper with some salt spread on top. The speaker driver is hotwired up to a cheapy (£6 ish) amp bought from amazon with a laptop as the input source. Playing through the laptop is a tone generator website. Play a tone, turn up the amp and the salt organises itself into a shape representing a 2d slice of the 3d soundwave being projected by the speaker driver… with me so far? The lower the tone (frequency) of the sound wave, the more sparse the shapes (sound waves), the higher the tone, the closer the waves appear together.
Incidentally, the speaker drivers I used were smashed and grabbed from a manky set of sony speakers found by the roadside. Funny what sets off particular turn of events…
Blog-mageddon 2019 begins. This is where it all started. Wood. Wood and Facebook. All will become clear in future posts. Probably.
I’d been wanting to do some proper woodwork ever since I did two weeks of work experience at a carpentry shop as a 15 year old. My ace sister in law had some wood left over from a photo shoot, so I took it home instead of it being thrown out. I sanded it and finished with a few coats of Danish oil. Not knowing what the hell I was doing, it turned out OK. If I did it again… I wouldn’t oil it in the same place as I sanded the wood, and I’d sand it between coats.
This is the first post of 15 posts I have planned documenting the last 3.5 years of making and building stuff. Its not all strictly art based, but its what’s been keeping me busy. This was the start…
Upfest 2018 made me want to do a mural using spray paint (plotting to do one on the inside of my shed) and some stencil art.
I got as far as a paper cut piece. Once I buy some paint I’ll have a crack at using this as a stencil. Until then, its fun to see what it looks like on different backgrounds. I was toying with the idea of making a ‘psychadeli-clock’ on a rotating mechanism. Yeah.
I went to a butterfly house last week and almost bought a colour print. Then I thought I would like to do a smaller scale really detailed painting… so I’m going to make my own pic, because, artist.
I haven’t posted here in ages, as I’ve been focussing on other hobbies. I’m sure I’d really enjoy adult colouring books (I’m very good at staying in the lines…) but I couldn’t bring myself to buy one, so I made my own. These are what popped out.
Done with fineliners and Lyra / Tombow brush pens.