There is repetition everywhere, and nothing is found only once in the world.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Repetition gets boring when it’s eating the same meal for dinner two weeks in a row or hitting replay on the only CD in the car during a long road trip. In art, however, repetition has a different effect. Repetition generates movement and creates unity by drawing all the different elements into one cohesive scene. When elements are repeated in succession, a pattern develops. When a motif is altered in some fashion, it creates rhythm, energy, and variation.

In this scene, Aimee Eliason stamped a line of six chorus girls kicking up their heels. The stamper has never seen the 1964 movie Viva Las Vegas! starring Elvis Presley and Ann Margaret. Any other experience of the city of neon lights and gambling was minimal. However, Aimee’d purchased a Pound of Rubber grab bag from Viva Las VegaStamps!—the company and store based in that city. With those in hand, she attempted a casino scene with excellent results.

To achieve perfect placement when creating scenes, Aimee stamps all the images she intends to use on paper and cuts them out. Using a piece of cardstock as a storyboard, she moves the images around to determine an aesthetically pleasing arrangement. If an area doesn’t stamp well or isn’t dark enough, Aimee uses a .005 Micron pen to fill in gaps.

For coloring she works with a Prismacolor blending pencil to blend hues and add a slight sheen. “The blending pencil is the most fun aspect of coloring with pencils. If budding stampers haven’t purchased one yet, I highly recommend it!” See Aimee’s Las Vegas scene on page 45 of the Holidays issue.

Viva Las Vegas! by Aimee Eliason.
(Stamp credits: Can-Can girls—Viva Las VegaStamps; lights—unknown.)