There are 4 basic elements of a scene in Shibari: furniture, lighting, color, and theme. In this article, we will explain each one of them so that you can improve the quality of your scenes.
Furniture: Most Shibari scenes don’t use any kind of furniture, but that’s not a rule. You can increase the power of your scene by using a couch, chair, or table. These will allow for different positions for your bottom, or they can provide support for a knot that would otherwise be impossible. So, the next time you’re doing a scene, take a minute or two to think about whether you can include a piece of furniture to make it better.
Lighting: A good scene can become great with proper lighting. Skin doesn’t reflect light in the same way that ropes do. If, following what we said in the previous paragraph, you’re using a piece of furniture, it will shine differently depending on whether you’re using something made of wood, plastic, or metal. Play with the lights. Try throwing light from the side or from below instead of always throwing it from above.
Color: In a Shibari scene, there are clothes, ropes, furniture, and perhaps even curtains. Carefully choose the color for each one of these. Try different combinations. Create contrast and affinity. Don’t use whatever color happens to be available.
Theme: This is not a technical aspect of a scene, but that doesn’t make it less important. Whether consciously or unconsciously, there is always something you’re trying to say with your scene. The better you understand your personal purpose for a scene, the better it will be. So, take a moment to think about the meaning of what you’re doing with ropes. You won’t regret it.
Furniture, lighting, color, and theme are the key elements of a Shibari scene. Now you know how to handle the 4 basic elements of a scene.