Pet Fur Makes Fun Kaleidoscopes

a symmetrical furry pattern in shades of grey with a hint of brown. Three central circes in different shades then one with dots all inside a dark star shape. That star sits inside a grey circule with white arrows pointing down between the points. The edges are brown.
Cat Kaleidoscope 1

It’s true! Pet fur makes fun kaleidoscopes. But don’t worry! No cats or dogs were harmed in the making of these images though some of the cats did complain rather loudly about having their photographs taken.

Pet Fur Makes Fun Kaleidoscopes

Having Fun With Art Experiments

I like to experiment with my art and sometimes have some whacky ideas that I pursue. They don’t always turn out the way I had planned. But, hey, that’s okay it is part of the fun. In my view, the minute you forget that making art is fun you are in real trouble! Making pet fur designs was one of my little forays into something different. But what started me on the idea of producing kaleidoscope images?

What Is A Kaleidoscope?

A kaleidoscope is where two or more reflecting surfaces are put together to make a symmetrical shape. We had them as kids. They were cardboard tubes and you looked down one end through a peep hole and turned the other end of the tube with your hand and the kaleidoscope pattern would change.

Why Kaleidoscopes?

A square throw pillow featuring a kaleidoscope design with purple, blue, green and red.
Barnie Paw Print Kaleidoscope 3

I was looking for a way of producing kaleidoscopes of certain images where I thought the approach might work well. In particular, some of my Barnie Paw Print Designs (which you can read about in another blog). I found some software that did what I wanted and, hey presto, I was very pleased with the results as you can see from the throw pillow design above.

Cat And Dog Fur Kaleidoscopes

A symmetrical pattern of a beige circle on a black background. Inside the circle is one circle of broken slashes in a brown color and a central star with shades of brown.
Dog Kaleidoscope1

I wondered what would happen if I used a photograph of a real cat or dog and put it through the kaleidoscope programme (and enhanced it of course). Well do you know what? I got some great designs featuring cat and dog fur! There are rather more cat kaleidoscopes than dogs I have to say, because at the time I created these images I had 16 cats and one dog. He was a bit out numbered!

A symmetrical kaleidoscope design featuring white and grey cat fur. A red patterned circle around a white centre opens out intow a star partterned white area with a grey outine and red corners.
Cat Kaleidoscope 4

The thing I like about them is you can really see the animal fur but also sometimes bits of the cat collar, sometimes the paws or eyes. They are really fun and a real talking point. People don’t believe me when I say it is cat or dog fur.

a symmetrical furry pattern in shades of grey with a hint of brown. Three central circes in different shades then one with dots all inside a dark star shape. That star sits inside a grey circule with white arrows pointing down between the points. The edges are brown.
Cat Kaleidoscope 1

Who knew that pet fur makes fun kaleidoscopes that look great on the products I have available at my RedBubble store? This short video shows you how good these designs look on some of the available products.

I think they make really unusual gifts for cat and dog lovers too, don’t you?

Before you go

Mid-week Reflections
Dorothy and Barnet Boy

My name is Dorothy Berry-Lound an artist and writer. You can find out more about my art and writing at https://dorothyberryloundart.com.

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About Dorothy Berry-Lound 439 Articles
I am having fun living half way up a mountain in Central Italy with my husband Barnet Boy, Stevie Mouse and the rest of my fur family. I am enjoying creating art that people will love having on their walls. I also love storytelling through my blog and short stories.

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