Escher Web Sketch

I’ve noticed there seems to have been a mini trend to using antique-looking wallpapers in some of the more stylish blogs about town lately. Of course, in theory most of the original patterns are probably still copyrighted designs.

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Fear not! Pack your Java and prepare to behold the wonders of the Escher Web Sketch (not to be confused with the classic ‘Etch A Sketch’). Just select a reflection pattern, pick a pen color and start scribbling.

Although this is essentially a Java maths experiment, it’s also serves a nice little hands-on tutorial of how shape and line interact within patterns — at the very least it’s got to be a nifty accompaniment to your next coffee break.