Fall Tessellation: A Mathematical Drawing

Abeka Craft

Create a leaf Tessellation drawing, a mathematical method of connecting flat planes or geometric shapes, without overlaps or gaps.


12×18 art paper




Colored pencils



Permanent marker



Step 1: Measure and cut a 4” piece of cardstock.

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Step 2: Draw an organic line on one side of the cardstock.

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Step 3:  Cut out the line and tape the piece directly across to the other side of the cardstock.

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Step 4: Draw another organic line on another side of the cardstock. Repeat step 3. *this may take several tries for an image to resemble a leaf and is part of the mathematical challenge of making a tessellation.

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Step 5: Use the cardstock shape to trace it onto your art paper. Continue tracing the template so the leaf shape connects like a puzzle. There should not be any gaps.

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Step 6: Trace the pencil lines with a black permanent marker.

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Step 7:  Color in your leaf shapes with colored pencil.

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We’d love to see your homegrown creation! Make sure to tag your pics with #abekacrafts

*Adult supervision suggested for steps involving these materials

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