As was stated before there are no hard and fast rules that I am aware of.The only rules I go by are that the design is usually roughly triangular in shape and there is no dark spots in the design.This usually applies to what most people like to call,"1950's style striping". As to starting with the least contrasting color;sometimes it works and sometimes not.Someone once told me that the reasoning behind that was that if you didn't do it that way the lines would look,"broken". Maybe so. I tried doing several designs whereby the lines crossing each other were woven in the design;that is:on one side the lines went under and on the other side over.Makes for an interesting effect. I like Large's idea of the colors gradually changing within the line.I've seen several people do it and it is a great effect.Just my humble opinion.
I don't know that there are any enforceable "RULES" . . Years ago Tommy Stratton told me to make them as symmetrical as humanly possible . . Then here comes Steve Kafka with a beautiful assymetrical... more
I know what you mean Large;I used to try and do the best symmetrical design that I could and then I ran into Don Penttila in the late 60's who did these incredibly small and detailed asymmetrical... more