Woven Fractal Paintings

Woven fractal paintings are created by slicing two images (watercolors and/or photographs) and then basketweaving the slices together, thereby creating a new image. The paintings are then framed and displayed similar to regular watercolors, or they are decoupaged onto a rigid surface and displayed without glass.

The paintings are considered to be fractal because each image is fractured by the peek-a-boo effect of the interweaving that results in polygons, (squares, rectangles, or rhomboids) of each image lying between pairs of polygons of the second image.  Although this is somewhat different than a fractal image containing a single self-repeating shape, it is still considered to be in the fractal art family.  They are a relative of fractured paintings, which usually contain only a few strips of repeated or sliced image segments.


1. Woven Portraits:


Climate Change Data Czar

Interwoven fractal watercolors 30″ x 22″ (without frame)

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2. Woven Flowers:

Tooley Art Studio Huntington Library Rose Garden weaving

Huntington Library Rose Garden Tea Room & Amaryllis

Interwoven fractal watercolors 30″ x 22″ (without frame)

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3. Mixed Woven:

Duncan Tooley Art Studio - Woven fish tribute to Monet

 Woven Fish Tribute to Monet

Digitally manipulated oil painting

4. How it’s Done: Creation of a woven fractal

See the example of the steps in the creation of a woven fractal: How It’s Done→