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Create Rotation Tessellations in Wixie and Pixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Dec 18, 2013 1:48:00 PM

You can use Wixie’s paint tools to create a rotation tessellation.

Launch Pixie or log in to Wixie.

Start by drawing a filled square.

Paint a solid square

To do this, click the Paint button on the toolbar. Click the Shapes tool. Click the square/rectangle shape. Make sure the solid fill option is selected.
 

paint panel in Wixie

Choose a color from the color palette. 

Move the cursor over the page. Press and hold down the Shift key on the keyboard. Click and drag across the page to draw a square.

Click the Selection tool and the Lasso option on the Tools panel.
 

Selection tool options in Wixie
Click and drag the lasso to select a shape from the top of the square. You must start and end on the vertices.

Top area of painted square selected
Click the Rotate Right button on the Paint panel.

Rotate right button found on Paint panel when area is selected
Move the cursor over the middle of the selection. Click and drag it to the left side of the square. Line it up so the edges touch and there is no space between them. Click the page away from the shape.

Tessellated shape with one side complete
Click and drag the lasso to select a shape from the bottom of the square. Be sure to start and end on the vertices of the original square.

Click the Rotate Right button.

Rotate right button
Move the cursor over the middle of the selected area. Click and drag the selection to line it up on the right side of the square. Click on the page away from the shape.

Rotation tessellation completed shape
Use the Lasso selection tool to select this shape.

Click the Edit button on the toolbar and choose Duplicate.

Move this new copy to the side and use the Paint Bucket tool on the Paint panel to fill it with a different color.

Paint bucket tool on Paint panel

Click the Rotate Right button. 

You should now have two shapes of different colors and orientations, but you should be able to see how they are going to fit together.

Before you begin tessellating, select one of the shapes with the Lasso tool. Go to the Options menu and choose Convert to Sticker. Repeat to convert the other painted shape to a sticker as well.

Line up the two shapes so there are no gaps in between them.

Start to tessellation
Click one of the shapes. Click the Edit button on the toolbar and choose Duplicate to continue creating shapes for the tessellation.

It is easy to continue fitting shapes together along a horizontal axis, but once you create a new row of shapes, you will need to select shapes and use the Rotate buttons to get them to fit together for a tessellation!

Print your tessellation or export it as an image to share online.
 

Rotation Tessellation

You can also use the paint tools to add details to each shape to create picture tessellations, but you need to paint on the shapes BEFORE you convert them into stickers and begin tessellating.
   

Topics: common core, tessellation, math

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