I recently created a series of abstract designs using a simple design restriction: use only horizontal lines of varying width and color to convey a specific image, emotion, or design aesthetic.
Below, you’ll find the current designs in this series, and I will keep on adding variations when I create new ones. Below each variation title you’ll find a link to the complete product line, and a small sampling of products featuring these abstract horizontal designs.
I hope you like them!
Abstract design in monochrome and blue hues:
This design has a cool, elegant feeling to it. The colors are not as vibrant as other artworks in the series, and that aesthetic is preferred by some. There is an intentional dimming of the hues’ intensity as the lines move higher up the design, with the brighter, bolder colors being in the bottom. Full product line here.
Monochrome and red abstract horizontal lines:
This next design has a very different feeling and quality than the previous one, even though the limitation of using only horizontal lines of varying hues and widths remains the same. This artwork is full of fiery passion, and has a bolder, much more energetic vibe to it. Abstract design, horizontal lines in monochrome and red.
Abstract design, neon tones:
This design is the oddball of the abstract design series, since the horizontal lines used in it are not as homogeneous as the ones in the rest of the designs. The lines resemble brush strokes, so they do not maintain a uniform hue and width throughout the design. This creates a focal point on the right of the design. The colors used are very contrasting, and the lines are much wider than the ones used in the rest of the pieces in the series, with neon pink and neon blue tones. You can see the full product line on my Zazzle store.
Pastel colors variation:
This abstract design features soft pastel tones, and I used a different, coarser brush to paint the lines, so the edges are not as hard and defined as the other variations. This creates interesting effects and a rougher, natural feel when the colors transition. I particularly like how this design looks on the throw pillow and the phone cases.
Abstract horizontal lines in hot pink and yellow:
This is one of the boldest, most vibrant designs of this design series. The design uses only lines of varying hues of bright hot pink and yellow to create a very energetic design, which really pops out and adds life and energy to any product it is placed on. I recommend using this design, if used on a throw pillow, or a poster, as a strong accent, surrounded by more toned down elements. The brightness of the hues make the lines less clear than on the other designs in this series, creating a more textural feel.
Click here to see the full product line.
Hot and pale pink abstract design:
This artwork is very related to the one above, but the nature of the design is much more subdued, toned down. Instead of going for the brighter pink and strong yellow, a paler palette of pink, as well as some stronger tones, was used. You can see the lines and enjoy the repetition and variation of the horizontal lines in much more detail. The complete product line for this variation is here.
Shades of blue variation:
This variation is similar to the first variation of the post, but it has a much clearer point of focus on the center of the design. The greenish hues become darker and darker towards the center, with brighter lines popping out of the background much more clearly in the middle area. This creates a balanced, interesting work. I particularly like how this blue abstract horizontal lines design looks on the poster.
Variation inspired by the ocean:
I recently went on a family trip to Las Lisas, Guatemala, and got inspired by the beauty of the ocean. This inspiration resulted in the horizontal artwork depicted below. The 2 areas of the design are much clearer than the transitions in the rest of designs. Still, these transitions are not as clear cut as they appear from a distance. There is still some mixing and transformation between the light and dark areas.
Sand-colored abstract design:
This design was also inspired by the previously mentioned trip to the beach, and its golden tones immediately take the viewer to the beach. This is a very subdued, elegant design, which does not rely on bold, dramatic color changes to put the message forward. It is a very warm, mellow design, great for decorative purposes and everyday use.
Hope you liked these designs! Let me know what you thought about them in the comments section 🙂