Oh, by the way, it's much easier and much more fun when you work with others throughout the process." - Doug
Shape vocabulary - just as we develop a vocabulary of words to make statements to express our thoughts, shape vocabulary does the same thing through the use of, you guessed it, shapes. On a more basic level words are made of letters or characters. Similarly, shapes are comprised of smaller units of points and lines.
Points and basic shapes - the example below shows basic shapes and simple orientations. Certainly, many more possibilities exist and as you develop your own shape vocabulary these possibilities will grow.
Lines - the thickness, length, and "shape" of the line affects its evocative qualities.
Combine points, lines, and larger shapes to create patterns. Keep in mind color also plays an important part in the pattern.
Create repeat patterns by dividing the shapes on the diagonals. Accuracy is critical.
Note: When cutting linoleum blocks:
The pattern below should not be tried on linoleum
Repeat the single block until you achieve the desired result.
Symmetry of Rugs - About Symmetry and Pattern - http://forum.swarthmore.edu/geometry/rugs/symmetry/ - provides definitions and examples of symmetry and pattern, asymmetry and symmetry-breaking, the four basic symmetries, border patterns, field patterns, and grids and tessellations. This site does a great job of explaining how to create patterns.
Aon Celtic Art - http://www.aon-celtic.com/cknotworkmanuscripts.html - this particular page deals with creating Celtic knotwork manuscript design, but make sure you check out the gallery and other links. This is very cool.
Tessellations Home Page - http://www.tessellations.com/Art.html - "Bringing together art and mathematics to make the puzzling fun" a site that provides lessons, examples, and other cool stuff about creating tessellations.
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