Popular Easy Motifs in Tessellation Art
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Some motifs show up oddly often in tessellation art. Why?

PIZZA AND GHOSTS

Triangles are the easiest shape to tessellate, and the formlessness of ghosts makes tessellation easy.
When you choose a motif for your tessellation, choose a shape with a form that closely resembles polygons that tessellate. That way, it's a short chore to change the starter shape into your motif.

Pizza tastes good. Ghosts are popular for the same reason as monsters, and even have their own holidays in many countries: Hallowe'en, Easter, Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) in Mexico, Obon in Japan, and so on.

Are there other reasons why these motifs are popular in tessellation art? Ohhhh yeeeesssssss.

What shape tessellates the easiest? That's triangles. Also, we can split up many other tessellating shapes into triangles. That includes the other regular polygons that tessellate: hexagons, squares, rectangles, parallelograms, rhomboids. irregular polygons too, like Marjorie Rice's irregular pentagons.

Pizza slices are triangles.



Make the lines a little wavy, and a triangle becomes a ghost.



Add a bump in the middle of one side, and it's a ghost with a head, and arms stretched out in the typical "I'm coming to get you" ghost pose.


Rectangles are an obvious shape that tessellates, too. Make the lines wavy, put in a bump for a head (and the other side becomes feet automatically): there's a ghost.


Bowtie shapes are also obvious shapes that tessellate. They look like two triangles joined at a corner. They too can look like ghosts.



When you choose a motif for your tessellation, choose a shape with a form that closely resembles polygons that tessellate. That way, it's a short chore to change the starter shape into your motif.


Easy Motifs in Tessellation Art
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