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make-your-own tessellation art, unicorn/alligator chimera theme a first-time make-your-own-tessellation, bird theme (eagles)

by Sarah S.

This nicely creative tessellation shows translational (slide) symmetry.

The "tile" (tile = repeating shape) is very neatly, precisely reproduced and fits with all the other tiles perfectly, without gaps or overlaps. That's what a proper tessellation does.

Sarah uses the motif of a monster to get away with explaining the odd outline. This is actually a good thing, and very popular with tessellation artists. Hop David, one of the best tessellation artists alive, has done a few monster tessellations. I've also written a short, funny essay about why monsters make a good theme for a tessellation.