Paint Pulse is a project which seeks to build upon the water marbling crafts of Ebru and Suminagashi with digital behavioral additions. The idea is to design intricate, flowing patterns of paint directly on the surface of water which you can capture on the surface of paper. Expert crafters can hold an intricate mastery over the art and produce incredible results. Our goal was to add additional digital elements to the craft which would afford new means of expression without fundamentally altering the interaction. Thus experts would be able to retain their mastery while exploring new possibilities for the art.
This was made as part of the digital craft research we do in our project studio as part of the Digital World and Image Group by Colton Spross, Andrew Quitmeyer, and Adam Rafinski. In our lab we explore modes of digital intervention in performance, space, and craft in order to create novel interactions between people and their environments.
This thorough instructable will give you the knowledge necessary to make your own digital ebru art-studio, and will as well teach you many different skills for rapid prototyping and physical computing.
Things you will get to learn in this instructable include:
- Make cheap, powerful electromagnets
- How to make magnetic, floating paint
- How to salvage a thin, gorgeous backlight
- How to vacuum-form your own paint-resistant tray
- Programming Arduinos connected to H-Bridges (Build your own motor controllers for the electromagnets)
- Hack ethernet jacks and cables for routing numerous signals over long, hard-wired distances