Visual Repetition By Honorata

13th May 2021

Visual repetition technique


Visual repetition technique is often used in arts when the same image is reproduced in one piece of work, however some aspects of the original image are changed to create a new, collaborative meaning.

This technique can be great to explore object relationships and bring up the possibility of new meanings to the client.

The technique is easy to use and allows clients to choose what art media they wish to use for their own self-expression. It also encourages them to have a degree of intuitive work as the final result is not fully predictable.

Materials: an image from a magazine that can be used for outlines, it needs to be cut out so it can be moved into a different background for outlining. Images of human figures, hands, portraits but also objects and symbols work well.  You also need few sheets of paper for backgrounds as well as one bigger piece of paper for final arrangement of images.

Process: Start by creating different backgrounds and the choice here is really unlimited. From watercolour splashes backgrounds to doodles, abstract acrylic colour brush strokes. Depending on how many repeated images are needed,  backgrounds do not have to be big – just enough size to cover the image’s size. Turn backgrounds up side down and use to outline the chosen image. Cut out the image outlines from various background. Now you have a few images that have the same shape but are completely different in colour, pattern and design. These images can now be arranged into new compositions  that enables new meaning to be created. Remember the images may be reversed in their orientation and be arranged in different ways:  overlapping, touching or distant from each other.

Reflection:  when the images are arranged and glued to a new page, this will create the start of the final piece. It may be the case that nothing else is needed or the next stage can start. Drawing and writing can be added on top of the images or between them. Maybe some images can now be connected with lines or dots or maybe they suggest elements for the background. Once the final piece is ready it can also be re-visited later.

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