IN celebration of the upcoming August 5th "National Coloring Day" we're showing some of our favorite experiences -- whether it's for creative inspiration or just the love of coloring complicated, detailed patterns -- by any name -- these tessellations or techellations will make you crazy with glee!
The Wikipedia defines tessellation as the tiling of a plane using one or more geometric shapes, called tiles, with no overlaps and no gaps. In mathematics, tessellations can be generalized to higher dimensions and a variety of geometries. (More) In computer graphics, tessellation is used to manage datasets of polygons (sometimes called vertex sets) presenting objects in a scene and divide them into suitable structures for rendering. (More) You probably know the term best in relation to M. C. Escher, a Dutch graphic artist who made mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and was intensely interested in tessellations. (More) He actually referred to them as a "Regular Division of the Plane" -- irregular shapes or combinations of shapes that interlock completely to cover a surface or plane. (More)
Striking images of butterflies, fish, flowers, horses, and other figures inspired by nature offer colorists the opportunity to create eye-catching designs. Thirty-one original illustrations feature intricately interlocked patterns that will come to life with color. Illustrations are printed on one side of perforated pages for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists
Wild Techellations Coloring Book (Adult Coloring) by John Wik
Tessellation Patterns Coloring
More than 30 hypnotic designs form delightful distractions for dedicated colorists. The full-page patterns feature stars, geometric motifs, and other interlocking shapes that create eye-popping optical illusions and three-dimensional effects. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display.
Dover Creative Haven Tessellation Patterns Coloring Book by John Wik
So, it goes without saying that while the art and math is called "tesserlation" Dover books and artist John Wik have given it their own brand Techellations -- and brings two superb coloring books on the topic where you get a wonderful launch pad into this wonderful world of patterns . . . so color on!
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Enjoy these as idea starters, or just fun passtime! You'll enjoy the experience!
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Thousands of M.C. Esher Tesserlations
M.C. Escher: Visions of Symmetry
Masters of Deception: Escher, Dalí & the Artists of Optical Illusion
And don't miss Tessellations.org
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