Friday, May 17, 2013

Such a Dingbat!

Created with Jackie’s Hand font and 2Peas Garden Girls love me dingbat font
Have you heard of dingbats? That’s the name for a fun type of character font that works well with custom graphic design work and digital scrapbooking techniques. Wikipedia defines a dingbat font as:

A dingbat is an ornament, character or spacer used in typesetting, sometimes more formally known as a “printer’s ornament” or “printer’s character”. The term continues to be used in the computer industry to describe fonts that have symbols and shapes in the positions designated for alphabetical or numeric characters.
Using dingbats is as easy as typing, just click on the alphabet key associated with the image you want to use. You can adjust the size of the font and fill with different colors. You can even use the shapes as a clipping mask and fill with colored or patterned papers (in Photoshop, I'm brand new to Photoshop so this is a learning process for me!). Many dingbats can be modified (such as colored). They are such an fun way to add easy and mostly FREE details to illustrate titles and themes to whatever you creating.

Here are a few of my favorites: 

Pea Betsy free at fonts for peas

Pea Cookie Doodles free at fonts for peas

Convo Balloons Free on

Harry Potter Free on

Garden Girl love me Free on

Forced Reentry (StarWars) free on

Famous Folks free on

This post inspired me to create this fun little piece with one of my favorite female American icons and quotes, using the Famous Folks dingbat font. Fun, right!?   

So are you ready to raid your dingbat files or download some now? I’d love to see what you create with these tiny little bits of art. Feel free to leave a comment and a link to the images you've created. Remember, it’s ok to play and have some fun!


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