# Painting using the paint

This exercise will use geometrical or irregular shapes. Below are some sites
you can consult for some ideas of shapes to use for your tessellation.
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Tessellation.html
http://www.coolmath.com/tesspag1.htm
http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/geparker/creating_t…
oft_paintbrush.htm

3. Practice by drawing some rectangles and triangles. Fill them with color and
use the Image / Flip and Rotate features on these shapes.

4. Set the dimensions for the tessellation. Select Resize / Select Pixels, and
make sure to set width=512 pixels and height=342 pixels.

5. Decide on your shape and draw the shape on the canvas. It does not matter
if your shape is simple or sophisticated. It is usually easier to use the outline
mode (the top shape in the options for selected tools box) when drawing the
shape and filling the shape with color later. You may want to consider that
some shapes can be created by drawing and connecting multiple smaller
shapes. For example, a hexagon could be created from triangles. Just
remember that there can be no overlaps and gaps.

6. Save your file as a .gif file. Since Paint is a somewhat basic tool, saving the
shape ensures that we always can go back to the original shape.

7. Fill parts or all of the shape with colors of your choice

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8. Now copy and paste the shape. Draw a rectangle around your finished shape
using the select tool and select Edit / Copy. Now select Edit / Paste. Move the
shape so that it is directly adjacent to the original shape (it is most likely directly
on top of your original shape). You may have to flip or rotate your shape by using
Image / Flip-Rotate. Please consider that the rotation feature in MS Paint is
somewhat limited and allows only 90, 180, or 270 degrees rotation.

9. Save your file again as a .gif file, but this time use a different file name.

10. Repeat this process until all of the white space is covered.

11. Write your full name and section on your artwork. Use View / Text Toolbar to
set the font and size of your text. Make sure to select the text tool in the tool
palette first (just click on the A) to ensure that the text toolbar is active. Draw a
large text box on your tessellation and set the text size to at least 14.

12. Textboxes can have a white or transparent background. Once you click on
the text tool in the tool palette (click the A), two background options appear at
the bottom of the toolbar. Click on the option showing the white background
box if you like your text to appear in a box with white background. Click on the
option with transparent background if you like your text to appear without a
box and transparent background.

13. Save the file using File / Save As and select the .gif file format for this work.