Making a Colourful Abstract Wavy Ribbon

In this tutorial we will learn to make colourful abstract ribbon shape in Illustrator

First you need to choose the colour palette with cool colour combinations.
Make blocks of the colours in Illustrator to eye drop the colours.

 

 

Make blocks of the colours in Illustrator to eye drop the colours.

 

 

 

On the artboard, create a long thin rectangle. Fill with the first colour swatch.

 

 

On the artboard, create a long thin rectangle. Fill with the first colour swatch.

 

 
Copy the rectangle. Place the copy to the bottom of the original. One quick way is to Move (Enter Key) the shape
vertically using the same number as the height of the shape. Then Copy (CTRL/CMD + C) and Paste in Front
(CTRL/CMD + F). Then Transform again (CMTL/CMD + D) to repeat the movement. Repeat this last step with each
new shape until you get a block of perfectly aligned stripes.

Select all the stripes and navigate to Object > Envelope Distort > Make With Mesh.

 

 

Select all the stripes and navigate to Object ti Envelope Distort into Make With Mesh.

 

 

Select the envelope mesh option settings

 

 

 

In the Envelope Mesh, enter 4 in the Rows and Columns boxes. You can enter higher numbers to get more complex
shapes.

 

 

 In the Envelope Mesh, enter 4 in the Rows and Columns boxes. You can enter higher numbers to get more complex  shapes.

 

 
Choose a vertical line of points from the Mesh using the Direct Selection Tool. And to enlarge the end points
proportionally, use the Scale Tool while holding the Shift.
To add an angle to the line of points, use the Rotate Tool.
Use the same step on the next set of points, but scale down slightly.

 

 

 

Choose a vertical line of points from the Mesh using the Direct Selection Tool. And to enlarge the end points  proportionally, use the Scale Tool while holding the Shift.

 

 

 

On the third line, use the Direct Selection Tool to shift the points around for Scaling and Rotating. Generate flowing
curves without any kinks.
Using all the three tools, adjust each line of points to finalise the abstract stripes.

 

 

Using all the three tools, adjust each line of points to finalise the abstract stripes.

 

 

 

Now you have in hand a wonderful artwork!

You can experiment by adding more rows and columns. So go ahead.

 

 

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