# Hiking Season, hiker tessellations

From initial first lines to final print, with a funny twist at the end. A video, a short one, showing you the first two lines required to draw a most simple nested shape tessellation. It’s easy to draw tessellations if you have an iPad, the free KaleidoPaint App from the iTunes store and the magic sentence to get you started, one simple trick for each symmetry method.

# A Quickie Louis Cube

Some tessellations are super simple. Especially if you use the free KaleidoPaint App from professor Jeff Weeks. This one took 60 seconds!

# Learn the most simple: UP/DOWN, LEFT/RIGHT symmetry method

The topic for this class is the most simple, most basic method of creating tessellations and patterns. It’s the method most taught in grade school or high school, and usually involved scissors and cardboard. But none of these antique tools here, (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). We will be using an iPad and stylus.

# Another tessellation class is LIVE!

This time, we will zero-in on symmetry group P3, the Three Cozy Buddies is how I like to call these character arrangements. Humans, animals, birds and fish, or geometric designs, the topics are endless. If you know the artist M.C. Escher, then you’ve seen his wonderful tessellations.

All you need for this class is a good dose of imagination, an iPad, and a stylus. No need for advanced drawing skills. No math skills. No geometry jargon. No programming.

And the KaleidoPaint iPad app is free!

# Second tessellation class is LIVE!

Learn to create tessellation patterns with easy step-by-step lessons and plenty of examples. You will be drawing true nested shape tessellations in no time at all. No cardboard, no scissors, we will dive into all the symmetry groups over the next while. Using your iPad tablet, I will show you all the tricks I have learned in the last decade of drawing nested shape tessellations using KaleidoPaint. You will become a tessellation artist!

# Playing catch-up, many tessellations since the Duckies

It’s been a very productive summer for my artwork. Garden might have suffered a bit, but the Garden Gnome tessellation told me it was all ok.

# The Complete Rubber Ducky Collection — 18 tessellations!

The Complete Rubber Ducky Collection: a series of tessellations, eighteen of them, covering the complete range of classic tessellation symmetry groups, plus Elvis! All of these rubber ducky tessellations, all eighteen, were crafted and refined, in the space of fourteen days, from May 24, 2021, to the sixth of June. Quite a feat for me. When creativity is in the air sprinkled with intuition, follow the flow and take advantage of it, good things can happen. Where does this topic originate you ask? I have a rubber ducky on the handlebar of my bike. It squeaks and has flashy disco lights.

# It’s my Yellow Stage

It’s my least favourite colour. Yellow. But I’m making progress. Had some wicked dreams all in yellow light. We’re into Rubber Duckies for the eBikes lately. Cute, a bike horn, but more of a squeak. Not obnoxious. Not a jolt for pedestrians we might sneak upon. These duckies have a light, more like a flashing disco glow, and nothing to shine your way home about. And they are a great conversation starter.

# First tessellation class is LIVE!

Learn to create tessellation patterns with easy step-by-step lessons and plenty of examples. You will be drawing true nested shape tessellations in no time at all. No cardboard, no scissors, we will dive into all the symmetry groups over the next while. Using your iPad tablet, I will show you all the tricks I have learned in the last decade of drawing nested shape tessellations using KaleidoPaint. You will become a tessellation artist!

# Success for the Elusive P6m Tessellation ;-)

P6m. Not my favourite. Actually, it’s at the bottom of my list in symmetry groups. But, you gotta do what you gotta do. Every symmetry group studied and used for a few good tessellations. The one I’ve done before, that I truly like, is the Notched Louis Cubes (5th one down on that page). There’s not much you can place inside a sliver of a triangle, twelve repeats inside a hexagon, and have it make sense. Easy to do 12 point mandalas, but these are not tessellations in my book.

# St Francis of Assisi Tessellation

Last week it was the kindly old gentleman Bernie and his Mittens that appeared in my tessellations. This week, another kindly old gentleman, St Francis of Assisi. Weird. Probably an unconscious knee-jerk response to the tessellation from the week before that, DT=DT, was kind of mind-numbing. I’m balanced now!

# Bernie’s Mittens, a tessellation in symmetry group Pgg

I’m new to this meme movement. Just learned how to pronounce the word a while ago. Looks like the French word même. Not the same. Here is my first meme, as a tessellation of course. Bernie Sander’s Mittens. Enjoy the various stages of the creation process.

# D. T. = D. T. , a tessellation in symmetry group Pgg

It started off quite innocently. Futzing with a geometric construct from a few months ago. Watching the news, drinking my morning coffee. Sometimes I don’t know where these ideas come from, I just sense that my process might get me somewhere. Let the flow of intuition come. I kept on saving progress shots, 12 of them. And I can tell you, I was quite surprised at the outcome. Cathartic as I’ve heard.