Ribbons Pattern Design
I have been working on a way to re-invent the pattern repeat, so that the final effect would be totally unique. The pattern repeat works by using a series of vertical, equally-spaced, cross-over points. The ribbons are always smoothed horizontal when they cross these points. Rather like a series of points on a complicated railway line. Using this system every drop of wallpaper can change how the pattern looks by moving it up or down to whichever cross-over point is chosen.
When working on the ribbons I liked how when they were twisted they create a super-skinny, almost caligraphic serif element. The final design looks like it could be Arabic script perhaps.
For my pattern designs I use a catalogue of numbered, standard colours. There are currently 39 colours to choose from for example – 0 is white and 33 is black. For the Ribbons I have selected a colour for the ribbons themselves and a second colour for the background. This totals 39 x 39 = 1,521 different combinations, less 39 for those where the ribbon is the same colour as the background which comes to a total of 1,482 possible colour combinations.
Using Only One Colour
Working through each of the combinations I found that using white for the ribbons and just the background colour works very well too. So the pattern would work for companies such as Farrow and Ball who print their wallpapers using white onto a range of their paint colours.
I could have created yet another colour for the shadows of the ribbons, but decided to use 10% black instead, to reduce the number of colour combinations. Using this means that it just darkens the background colour slightly, making the shadow look more convincing.