Watching Paint Dry
August 20, 2015
The pattern you see above, referred to in technical terms as a chevron, occurs naturally when the water in a thin colloid film (like paint) evaporates. Because one side of the paint is drier than the other, water molecules migrate toward the dry side, carrying pigment particles with them. This effect creates shear stress in the transition zone between wet and dry, forcing the solid into this corrugated structure. In this picture, the film dried from bottom to top.