August 2nd marks 10 years of marriage to my wonderful hubby. I adore him. He is fun, funny, hardworking, and an amazing daddy. (And since he reads all my posts: Love you babe!) I have had the idea for months to make a very special art piece for him. My husband is super techy. He is can do anything on a computer. I like to say he is the brains behind illi style and I am the beauty. I know, I am witty. So I wanted to get him something sweet and romantic, but since the he is not the kind of guy that appreciates the traditional mushy stuff I decided to geek it out a bit. I created this awesome Sound Wave Artwork for him. It is actually the sound wave of my “I do” and his “I do” from our wedding ceremony (Woot!) It was actually super simple (there are a lot of steps, but they were easy steps) and you can personalize it for who or what ever you want. Favorite song lyrics? Vows? Inside joke? Child’s laugh? Check, check, check, and oh heck yes – check!I knew exactly what I wanted to make, but I had to figure out how to do it… and since I am a little bit of a determined personality type I went ahead and figured it out. Below is the full detailed tutorial on how to create your own DIY Wavelength Artwork from a DVD (like I did), CD, or MP3 recording. (FYI this post contains affiliate links, which means if you click thru and make a purchase illistyle gets a small percentage. Thank you for supporting illistyle.)
If you are wanting to create some awesome art for your home or a loved one, here’s how you do it:
- Audio clip (see note below)
- Audio Record Wizard and Audacity programs (see note below).
- Computer with CD/DVD drive
- Photoshop or other photo editing software
- Projector (if you don’t have a projector, see note below)
- Large canvas
- Flat or filbert paint brush
*For this project you will need to have some form of the audio. Either a DVD or mp3 file. I had a DVD of our wedding that I stole the audio from. If you have the audio clip in mp3 format, skip to step 4. If you have a CD or DVD of the audio, start at step 1.
1. Download the Audio Record Wizard and Audacity programs. (I do not vouch for these sites but I can say I downloaded them months ago and have had no problems with my laptop, so I feel they are legit… but I could be wrong.)
2. Open your CD or DVD on your computer’s audio/video player. Que the disc to the beginning of your desired clip (i.e. press pause right before the sound you want to record.)
3. Open Audio Record Wizard, press record on ARW and then play on your media player to record your desired audio clip.
3. Save audio clip to desktop or desired folder – I kept mine on my desktop to find it easily.
4. Open Audacity software.
5. In Audacity, open the previously saved audio clip.
6. Edit clip as desired (compress the visual clip, cut of the unwanted silence at the beginning or end, etc). I just played around until I figured it out… it was pretty easy.
7. Once you have the clip you want take a screen shot of your desktop. (Ususally CTRL+PrtSc on PCs)
8. Using photo editing software, like Photoshop, paste the screen shot onto a canvas that is the same size ratio as your real canvas (rectangular, square, etc.)
9. Resize the screenshot as needed to fit the canvas of your photo editing software.
10. Save your work now, k? Because you do not want to have to do steps 3-9 again.
11. Prime or paint a background color onto your canvas.
12. Once dry, hang your canvas on the wall.
13. Pull out a projector and project image on a large canvas. ***If you do not have a projector handy you can always print a large image at a printers or create a rasterbation at home (get your mind outta the gutter, it’s a huge poster you can print from your 8.5″x11″ sheets on a printer… geez.)
14. Lightly trace your wave length(s) onto the canvas.
15. Now using a small flat or filbert brush, paint the upper outline of your wavelength, then the bottom outline. Fill in the middle.
16. Stand back and marvel that your voice/child’s laugh/favorite song lyric is staring back at you.
What sound would you want to see everyday?
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