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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
»» Stamp your journaling onto an art journal background
»» Try white ink on a dark background or dark ink on a colorful background
»» 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.

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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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