Adding embellishments such as flourishes for your banners is a fun way to spice up their designs.
Flourishes are especially important if you want to stylize bullet journal banners that you think might appear too simple or understated.
The best part is that there are so many ways to make your banners appear more stylish. You just need to decide which decorations best suit your style.
So, let’s have a look at some specific details that you can add to your banners!
Decorative Flourishes for Your Banner Designs
When it comes to banners, you can stylize them in lots of different ways if you know what kinds of patterns or shapes to add to them.
It all comes down to what kind of image or message you want to convey with your banner.
For instance, do you want your banner to look elegant and graceful? Edgy and bold? Or perhaps sleek and professional?
Once you have a good idea of the style you want to embody, it’s time to consider what kinds of flourishes to add to your banner. Some examples include the following:
- Stitching around the border of the banner gives it a handmade touch because the banner looks like cloth or fabric.
- Dotting around the border looks fun and stylish. It’s an easy way to add some drama to your banner.
- Line trim around the border of the banner looks sophisticated, especially if the lines are uniform in size.
- Frayed texture along the edges makes the banner look timeworn or weather-beaten. This style gives the impression of something mysterious or historical.
Don’t forget that you can add lettering to your banners and combine them with decorative flourishes to create awesome designs.
Flourishes for Your Banner Edges
There are several ways to liven up your banner. One of those ways is by transforming the edges of the banner into exciting shapes.
For example, here is a short list of some banner edges that you can experiment with:
- Arrowed-edge banners have a ribbon with ends that are pointed like arrows. The arrows point away from the body of the banner, which implies movement.
- Forked-edge banners are the inverse of the arrowed-edge banner, so these edges look like a snake’s tongue. This style is very classic.
- Perforated-edge banners are feisty because the jagged edges look as if someone ripped off the banner ends and left them torn.
- Scrolling-edge banners are elegant and often used in fancy banners. They have both A-side and B-sides which give the banner depth.
The next time you design a spread in your bullet journal, take some time to experiment with these banner flourishes.
Next Steps to Level Up Your Banners
In this blog post, you learned about eight different ways that you can stylize your banners.
Now it’s time for you to take action by creating flourishes for your banners.
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