Placement is everything. We’re on a mission to show just how important it can be. This way every single reader can see the effects & use them. Sounds ambitious, doesn’t it? Well, we’ve taken up the challenge. So, let’s get started right away! For the first in a (hopefully) long series of articles, we wanted to show how you can use 3 ribbons & 2 jars to create 10 completely different looks. To make this even better, we decided to work only with horizontal lines in the designs. Curious? Read on!
When we think of placement in the context of ribbons (or any other embellishments), we think of it from 5 aspects – color, frequency, location, order & spacing. Tweaking any of these points transforms the object completely. And that’s exactly what we did, when we experimented with ribbons & jars.
The first aspect of placement is the colors you have. Ask yourself questions like, do the colors blend with each other? How many colors should you use?
Keeping these points in mind, we first tried one color per jar. Such designs are most useful when the jars are used individually, instead of as a set. We started with the larger jar and placed 4 lines of blue at even spaces, covering the entire jar & highlighting the color. Next, we placed 3 lines of yellow on the smaller jar. Why not 4? 4 would be too near the top of the jar, making the stripes look smashed up. The yellow is also a bit fluorescent, so it offsets the blue nicely. An alternate, is to add the same color to both jars.
Now, that the basic design worked, we started working with all 3 colors, to see how the colors look with each other. Which lead to our next design of orange, yellow and blue lines. The order of the colors isn’t as important for this design, as the colors look great together in any sequence. What enhances the design, is that both jars have the same order of colors & the singular stripes are placed at even distances.
After the colors had been decided, we started thinking about the number of stripes we want to place on the jar. That’s the interesting part about these designs, you can add 1,2 or many lines and the effect will be completely different.
Take this one, for instance, a single line has been added to the bottom of the jar, adding a minimalistic detail to the jar. This design works best if the contents of the jars need to be clear. Again, this can be in different colors or the same one.
This one is going to look soo excessive after the previous design. But, the idea is to see the contrast made by adding several stripes in various colors. The reason I like this design, is that it adds a pop of color to wherever it’s placed. Even to a boring corner of a room, without nothing much in it.
Once the colors and frequency are decided, we can working out the space between the stripes. There are SO many options here, you can have even and uneven spaces between them. You can have some stripes close to each other & others placed at a distance. Or you can place them all close to each other. As we saw with the design above, even spaces create a very structured look. But, that’s clearly not the only way to go.
A variation of even spaces, is to spaces between some of the lines, instead of all of them. This a convenient way to emphasis one color over the other. Take the larger jar in the picture – the orange is standing out, as it is placed in the center. Spaces can also be used, to create the illusion of size. The large center space in the smaller jar, makes the jar look bigger than it actually is.
Spaces can also be removed altogether, to create another pattern. This is one of those designs, that are very appealing when seen as a set. You can have both of the jars in the same design or you can change the colors. Here, I would like to add that you need to be extra careful with the stripes. If the stripes aren’t evenly overlapping the other color or show gaps between two stripes, the design can look shabby.
This is where you decide what sequence do you want the colors to show in. You could keep the same order for all the jars, or a different one per jar. At this stage of our experiment, I had really started loving these stripes – they are so versatile! And to top it off, they are easily available at stationary stores. But, let me get back to the point.
As you can see, both jars have a different sequence, with two colors being swapped. The reason why I left the blue in the center, is that a common centre always creates the impression of cohesion. The colors were already blending, but by adding matching centre, you make look like a set more. Not to say, different ones won’t look great. They do!
And finally, we come to the crowning glory of the design – where are we placing the ribbon? Is it going to be at the bottom, centre or at the top? All of them create a distinctive effect. Have a look!
Would you like to see more of such tutorials? Let us know, we find them very interesting and would love to hear your take on them, as well!