# 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.

# #goodbye2020 — the year’s topics

How we felt, what we were talking about, what we were living, our concerns, our comforts, all were 2020-related conversations: That I converted to my favourite graphic style.

# Ollie and Daughter — at Bridges Conference 2021

Created this tessellation a few months ago. It has become a favourite. Dad and Daughter of the Tortoise family.

# Scarves, beanies, neck warmers…

Art of Where is a print on demand (POD) company in Montréal Canada. They offer quite a selection of products with artist’s uploaded creations. I urge you to check out the available and quite affordable merchandise, you might find something you like! My best sellers are the Biker’s Beanies!

# My Best in Each Symmetry Group — Pmm

This symmetry system has got to be my least favourite of all seventeen groups. Four different mirrors forming a box. Ew. The House of Mirrors in horror movies. It can be useful if you’re trying to tessellate four different characters that all have bilateral symmetry.

# My Best in Each Symmetry Group — P6

Surprisingly, I never would have thought that this symmetry group would end up being a favourite. A tight area where a 6-fold rotation occurs, at the corner of a triangle. The other two corners offer 3 way rotation and 2 way rotation. This repeated 6 times in a hexagon. This is the nerdy way to explain it, not really the best way. Twenty five in the slideshow below!

# Funny Bones Tessellations

A few nested shape tessellations and quite a few patterns, bones and skulls and skeletons. All done up using the more complex symmetry arrangements I love to use. The simple patterns being the rather common stacks, half brick and tossed or random layouts. Maybe it’s because it’s October and Hallowe’en is looming.

# Tessellation Topic: Covid 19

Kinda difficult not to be affected by the main topic on the world stage this year. I have watched the news, read the news, lived the news like everyone else. It would be nice to forget everything, but we need to get through this, for some unknown reason. As such, below, are my Covid (un)-inspired sketches and completed tessellations, all together now. Isn’t that a Beatles’ tune?

# New AOW and Etsy Shops with my patterns!

Silk scarves, cotton face covering masks for this weirdish year of 2020, and headbands that double as neck warmers or impromptu face coverings. Treat yourself to something other than those awful (polluting) light blue paper masks. All washable.

# My Best in Each Symmetry Group — P4

Symmetry Group P4 is made up of two different four-way rotations through 90 degrees surrounded by four identical 2 way rotations. No mirrors here.