Claris Works & Tessellations in Color

Suzanne Alejandre

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Claris Works is a popular program because it has been included in many of the software bundles offered for sale with Macintosh computers. If you have Claris Works but little experience using the painting tools, you may want to refer to Claris Works Tessellation Tips.

Figure 1 (blue square)

Step One

Select your favorite color from the paint color palette and the line color palette. Use the rectangle tool to draw a square. If the shift key is held down as the "rectangle" is drawn, it will make a square.

Step Two

Using the lasso, start at the top corner, wiggle around as you are going down and exit the lower corner of the square. A section of the square will be selected.

Step Three

Hold the shift key and slide the chunk over to the right. Position the chunk on the right side, leaving no overlap and no gaps. [It would also be possible to start on the right side, select a chunk, and slide it to the left.]

Step Four

Repeat the process but this time go from top to bottom or bottom to top.

Step Five

Look at the figure. What does it look like to you?

Step Six

Use the pencil or paint brush (with contrasting colors selected) to decorate the figure. Do not add anything to the outer edges of the silhouette.

Step Seven

Use the lasso and position the figure up higher on the card. Hold option, slide the copied figure to the side.

Go to "transform" in the menu and select "invert" and the second figure will change color.

Select the paint bucket from the tools, also select a contrasting color from the paint color palette and "dump" paint into the various areas until you have a second figure with different colors.

Step Eight

Use the lasso and the option key to copy one figure and position at the beginning of the row. Continue sliding and positioning first one figure and then the second until you have one row completed.

Step Nine

Using the lasso, hold "option" down and "copy" by sliding one figure to the side. Lasso the other figure, hold "option" down, slide it off and fit it into position up against the darker figure. Hint: If it does not fit perfectly, review Steps 1 - 8 and try again. Continue this procedure until you have created a tessellation.

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