WORD PROCESSING TUTORIAL
EXAMPLE: REPEAT PATTERNS
Pattern is an underlying structure that organizes surfaces
or structures in a consistent, regular manner. Pattern can
be described as a repeating unit of shape or form, but it
can also be thought of as the "skeleton" that organizes the
parts of a composition.
To enable the learners discover and exploit the patterns through
nature and the objects around them.
Use ICT as a different way in which their patterns can be
This will enable the learner to gain skills in creating patterns
from objects he/she is familiar with to form a harmonised
piece of artwork.
Qualities of a Good Repeat Pattern
1. A Repeat Pattern must have an objective and an aim.
2. It should solve a problem of it should be useful in one
aspect or another.
3. It should be able to repeat or flow.
Sources of inspiration for patterns can be:
Animal skins (domestic and wild)
Fruits and plants
Musical Instruments (traditional
Human activities like hunting, digging,
Artists create patterns and textures using lines and shapes.
1. Students go out and draw any two types of fruits they
wish to choose. These sketches are made in their sketch books
in order to keep a record of their original work.
2. They can draw the basic shapes of the fruits applying textures
3. They could include the leaves to give their drawing a background.
4. After this, they can select from what they have drawn and
make a neat and final drawing on a squared piece of paper.
This can be 12cm by 12cm and is usually called a motif.
This paper is to help them in achieving accurate dimensions
when repeating their pattern.
Hand made Repeat Pattern
1. On a large piece of paper, they can accurately divide
it into 12cm by 16cm portions using a faint pencil.
2. After this, they can tress their motif drawings into the
small portions on the large paper.
Remember to rub out all the pencil marks when all is done.
Using Word to make a Repeat Pattern
1. Using a scanner, scan the motif and save it as "Motif.bmp".
2. Open the file from MGI PhotoSuite.
3. From Edit menu, click on Select All.
4. From the Edit menu, click on Copy.
5. Open MS. Word.
6. From the Edit menu, click on Paste.
7. Repeat the Paste action four times.
8. Click and drag the images aligning them next to each other.
9. Holding down the Shift key down, click on each image you
have pasted to select them all at once.
10. Still holding the Shift key, right click the mouse and
select Grouping and click Group while pointing to the selected
11. Repeat the procedures the number of times you want.
Changing the colours of the image
1. Scan the motif in the Gray mode.
2. Repeat the steps above.
3. Print out a copy of your work using a coloured printer.
Note: Remember to save your work.
Make a few quick drawings of a flower to use in the motif.
Experiment with different textures and shades on your flower
drawings and then transfer them onto the motif.
Repeat the motif on a larger piece of paper, preferably coloured.
A local Art museum has requested you to design new curtains
for their windows, but they would like to see a sample piece
of work that tyou could do. As an art student, design the
sample curtain on paper using the repeat pattern methods.
Print your results.