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    Saturday
    Jan082011

    Artful Alphabetical Arrays

    alphabet stamps + ink = play time

    Use alphabet stamps as shapes, as color, as pattern.

    My older daughter (11) and I created this page together. We did it in a grid format. Won't this make a cool art journal background?

    My daughter stamped RAINBOWS with alpha stamps; for the corners, a square stamp in silver.

    Doesn't the stamping ink look like candy?

    I've been playing with alpha stamps as patterns and designs. The top photo, above, is a page created with alpha stamps that I plan to use as an art journal background! Not just using them to make words, but to make patterns and textures and designs. Alphabet stamps are a super useful. They seem expensive for such tiny things, but are well-used.

    Ideas:

    »» Stamp quotes or more quotes
    »» Stamp your journaling onto an art journal background
    »» Try white ink on a dark background or dark ink on a colorful background
    »» Stamp a list
    »» Create an art journal background or a collage background using stamps as a "texture" layer
    »» Repeat the same letters in a pattern or to create the look of a shape
    »» Hide your journaled words inside random lettering like a Find-A-Word puzzle
    »» Add a date or title to a page
    »» Make stamps from the hardware store, inspired by the book Print & Stamp Lab by Traci Bunkers.

    I have 3-4 sets of stamps, in different sizes + fonts. A few alphabet stamp sets that I like:

    Stampendous Storybook Alphabet

    Melissa & Doug Alphabet Stamp Set

    Reader Comments (6)

    I've been on an alphabet stamp "binge" lately (ordered four this week- yikes!) and I have been eyeing that Storybook alphabet for quite some time. Love these pages. Thanks for the inspiration!

    01.8.2011 | Unregistered Commenterchel

    I love my set of alphabet stamps! Probably bec I love words...
    They "work" anywhere, in the background and for words. Your daughter and your art shows how true that is! {:-D

    01.9.2011 | Unregistered Commenterstorybeader

    It's so amazing, what wonderful designs you make with simple materials! *TOP*
    I should keep that idea in mind...

    01.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterNofretiri

    Yay! Now I know what I can do today!

    01.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebra

    I was curious about which specific set of wooden alphabet letters you used. I like the slight exaggeration in some of the letters and I also wondered how big the letters actually are? I couldn't seem to find the ones you used when I tried Yahoo search. I think I am getting ready to buy a set or two and want to find ones I'll LOVE.
    Thanks, Trece

    01.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrece

    Trece, I've had these alpha stamps for years, and I don't know the brand, sorry! As for the stamps, the width is 1/2" and the height is 3/4". Hope that helps!

    Tammy

    01.9.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

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