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Ebru: The Art of Marbling

Marbling is an intricate technique that artist use to create patterns reminiscent of the surface of natural marble. A variety of inks floats on water and is mixed with the help of specialist tools.

In this video, filmmaker Oguz Uygur captures his father while he’s masterfully working on different marblings.

This visually captivating process is even more enjoyable than the final result.


3D Fractals

Last week I met Tom Beddard, a physicist turned web developer turned artist (and friendly guy). He creates fractals — those recursive shapes that infinitely repeat at every scale. They’re based on simple math, but they can create some amazing images.

Says Beddard: “I don’t seek any new mathematical insight into the resulting structures, it’s a purely aesthetic pursuit to scratch a creative itch. Part of the fascination with fractal exploration is when … amazing and completely unexpected structures can pop out and surprise you.”

Some of the fractals look like Gothic architecture. Some of them look like alien seed pods. All of them are mesmerizing. You can see lots more on Beddard’s flickr page. You can actually fly through the fractals and see them morphing in these videos. And now, thanks to a new app called Frax that Beddard helped develop, you can make fractals of your very own.

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