Tessellations are a great way to create interesting design templates. Using rotation and translation, you can create a unique element out of a simple square. Check out this educational resources to understand more about the mathematical principles that make tessellations work: “The Math of Tessellations” http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/tessellation.html
MAKE YOUR OWN TESSELLATION
(adapted from: http://www.tessellations.org/methods-diy-papercut.shtml)
Consider the various types of designs you can create with one tessellation. Can you create an animal or creature? Can you create a tessellation with organic and flowing lines?