The first time I saw Fractal Art, I discovered it accidentally on Pinterest. I stopped in my tracks and was captivated with the brilliant colors, intricate designs and perfect symmetry. I searched for more and became more fascinated. I wanted to know how it was created. Being an artist myself, I am always on the lookout for new art forms that inspire me!
I was surprised to find out that Fractal art is a form of computer or digital art developed in the 1980’s. It is algorithmic art created by calculating fractal objects which create still and moving images. In other words, it is abstract art created by math. What? Doing math and art at the same time is not my idea of a good time, but I still wondered if there was a way to learn to make it without making my brain hurt!
I found there are a variety of computer programs out there that allow you to experiment with creating fractal art so started playing around. It takes a little bit of learning and experimenting, but this is what I found.
Creating fractal art is like traveling through a kaleidoscope that has no beginning or end. When traveling, you find a place you want to stop and stay a while. While there, you can manipulate the color, texture, light, shine, spectrum, hue and other elements around you until you have created the perfect place, and then you save it as an image. Sometimes I go a little too far playing with the elements and I ruin what I have made but can not go back. So I feel lucky when I can capture the perfect image. It is impossible to ever find that place again if I did want to replicate it…it would be like finding a single drop of water within the ocean. That is why each piece is one of a kind.
Here is an example of what I mean. Let’s go on a little journey together through the “kaleidoscope”.
Let’s say we found a good place to stop and stay awhile and want to play with some colors. Below I am modifying the spectrum and hues.
OK, now let’s play with some textures.
Working with fractal art is a little like meditation and color therapy mixed together. As a person that loves color, I am in my happy place!
So what can you do with your fractal art when you are done? Here are a few examples from the design we were working with above.
In my next post, I will show you some designs I created to go with some of the new 2020 colors of the year, and how you can use them for your home décor.
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