Method of Working
Once I have a rough sketch of an idea, I work up the ideas in Adobe Illustrator. As the design progresses I duplicate the current version, then make changes to the duplicate. This way there are a series of ideas that can be re-visited later. The fourth version of Diamonds looked like it could have been from the Festival of Britain (v4). The seventh variation turned out to look like cactus spines hence the design for Ouch! (v7). This version is in fact the eighth variation of the diamonds design (v8).
Rotating the Diamonds
My original sketch had tall, narrow diamonds. For this version I rotated the main diamond to horizontal, then added a thinner version below it.
Shades of White
I found using different percentages of white made the shapes appear more or less transparent. As if they were sheets of perspex or frosted glass.