Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tesselating

This morning, I was working on making a tesselation for use in a textile piece I have been planning.  I want to make an abstract water effect.   My idea required me to make the shapes interlock.
Here is how I made the template.
The steps are shown in the picture above.

  1. I cut a piece of paper.  The corners need to be square.
  2. I folded it in half lengthwise with the fold to the bottom
  3. I marked my cutting line.  Basically I drew how I wanted the end of my shape to be.  I started the line from the fold and curved upward to the edge.  The curve needs to be symmetrical
  4. I cut along my line and this gave me two little bits.  Each had a right angle.
  5. I moved the pieces to the other end of the shape and arranged them with the right angles to the centre
  6. I taped those pieces on. the actual shape in number five is actually a bodgy one where the curve was not symmetrical and you can see what happens, the shape is not right.  It will tesselate.  But it doen't look right.
On the right of the page you can see some shapes interlocked together.  I used my final template for this.
I think it looks a little bit Like water.
I tried the template out (roughly) on my journal page for today.

I traced around my template and then painted with some watercolour.  It looked quite nice.  In my project, I will be using fabric with fusible on the back, I think it will work out.
We will see....
Happy Creating

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful and very creative project and fab colours. Thank you for sharing

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  2. Inteeesting to see how you do this as I'm not familiar at all with textile art!

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  3. Well I've learnt a new word! It all sounds very complicated and I wouldn't have a clue where to begin so I have a lot of admiration for anyone who knows how to sew and create textile art. It looks lovely in your journal page so it'll be interesting to see it in fabric

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  4. I was drawn to the color in your post. Never heard of tesselating before.. Had to go look it up. A fascinating process with a beautiful result.

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  5. I do think it is a great representation of water. I get a flowing sense to it and the blues and greens only magnify the water image. Beautiful! I'd love to see the textile finished project.

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  6. I got a bit confused when you started, then looked at the design. It looks a lot like water. Really nicely done and I admit I learned something new today.

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