This project was just really fun. I had been keeping a bag of wooden triangles left over from a framing project I (I mean my husband) did awhile back. I didn't know why I had kept them... until I had the idea of making them into painted tiles to play with pattern! I haven't played like this in awhile, and I highly recommend it.
Well, you just paint those triangles. I painted one side and left the other side natural... which might be fun to experiment with. These are from inexpensive pine boards and the acrylic paint drys really fast.
Then they just become a never ending experiment of pattern and color. Triangles are an amazing shape to learn about pattern from. They fit together so well and create squares that can be repeated in many different ways.
If you don't happen to have a bag of wooden triangles lying around, you can buy them or take a piece of wood 2" x 1/4" x any length and cut them yourself. You could also cut triangles out of paper or craft foam. The image below shows how to cut the shapes.
After you play... there are some really fun ideas you could do with your triangles. Of course, you could just keep them as they are to continue to experiment. Having resources like these are priceless when your inspiration and energy are low and you want to boost creativity. They are also great for kids to play with. My daughter created something awesome with the triangles... I love her sense of symmetry and design... see below for her creation.
(Keep in mind these are not safe for little ones.)
A few other ideas include scanning your shapes into the computer and create digital patterns, adding magnets to continue the play on the fridge or magnet board, or gluing them on a board to make an amazing art piece.
Please don't forget to post what you've done, questions you have, or other ideas in the comments.