Printmaking Tessellations

Recently I have enjoyed playing around with tessellations.  A tessellation has been defined as a pattern of shapes that repeats and interlocks. The pattern fills a surface without gaps or overlaps. Many webpages show simple methods for creating tessellations with younger art students. ( shows the PAPER CUT METHOD This tessellation lesson is easy and foolproof.
 Here are my examples:

tessellations one paper layout from dennis jordan's  site elementary assistant

My drawing using the paper cut method I found my shape, you can see my pencil lines from the original square I started with.

tessellations one drawing and lino

drawing, E-Z cut lino material and sketch of tessellation, here is the transfer to the E-Z cut lino material and notice my shape does not fit on the lino, and will be a separate section

from dennis jordan's  site elementary assistant

from dennis jordan’s site elementary assistant drawing transferred to the lino in reverse

Cutting the lino, from dennis jordan's site elementary assistant, creating tessellations in lino

Cutting the lino, staying close to the original drawing.

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E-z cut lino all carved and cut out ready to proof.

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inked and ready to print, two part tessellation

two color tessellation bird pattern from dennis jordan

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Tessellation of ginkgo leaf pattern

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simple tessellation created with left over E-z Cut lino material

What to do with that champagne cork and magic rub eraser

What to do with that champagne Cork and magic rub eraser? I created a stamp! magic rub lino cut 001

Using the cork bottom I traced the circle on a scrap paper, sketched out an idea, transfered to my Magic Rub Eraser (the worn one) and cut the graphic using my lino tools.  I was trying to achieve a tessellation.

After cutting the design, running a test inking, I cut the shape out.  Using my hotglue gun I adhered the eraser to the cork.

Not having an ink pad around, I just inked up my glass plate with Daniel Smith waterbased printmaking inks and rolled the purple ink on the eraser. Final test print below.

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Elementary Classroom Printmaking

Printmaking in the classroom has always been a favorite of mine. And this recent posting on Babble reminded me of good times with found objects.

You don’t need a lot of hard to locate materials in order to teach printmaking. In fact, most of the lessons listed in my LiveBinder, make use of recycled materials that can be found in any school. If you are working in a classroom setting, simply make up a list of goodies that students can collect and bring in from home.

I use newspapers to keep the desk tops clean, and I have followed a lesson like Document1 with results like these:

Dick Blick for printmaking supplies is an excellent resource. Here are two PDF’s of the webpages I have referenced and ordered from. inovart-printfoam-for-block-textinovart-printfoam-for-block-p
And this lesson plan was one of my foundation plans prior to beginning…plate printing

Cool Printmaking: The Art of Creativity for Kids (Cool Art)