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DIY: Dictionary Art

by | Nov 9, 2009 | DIY | 9 comments

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Guest DIY post submitted by:
Mrs. Limestone from Brooklyn Limestone

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Not sure what it is about an old dictionary, but there is something beautiful about letter after letter spanning the onion skin pages. They aren’t practical anymore – its so much easier to look up a definition on the web but they can be appreciated in other ways.

Here is how to make your own art using an old dictionary!

Step 1: Get one old dictionary. (Purchased for $1 at junk shop)

Step 2: Find a dictionary page suitable for the print. (For example, I selected the pages including the word ‘sit’ and ‘furniture’ for this set)

Step 3: Carefully tear out page; trim rough edge straight.

Step 4: Find and print out an image you like (try searching for free clip art online!).

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Step 5: Using regular old laser printer, print your selected image on to the dictionary page (or a photocopy of a dictionary page).

Step 5: Matte & Frame as desired.

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    totally love this! it’ll look great in my study :)

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    Oh this is awesome! I need some fun art for my daughter’s house, this is the answer! Thanks so much!

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    Tried this today, but the pages in the dictionary i have are too thin for my printer, it just jammed up :( BUT it does have a scanner so all is not lost. Would have looked cooler on the actual dictionary page though!

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    This is fabalous. I have a sewing/craft room
    and the obvious words made into a collage will be
    great in that room. can’t wait to get an old dictionary.

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    Just too cool, I am adding this to my list of ‘must do’ soon!
    Thank you so much for posting this!
    Debbie from the NW

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    OMG!!! This is so simply brilliant! Totally love this. You could do this with sheet music too!

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    I know I’m a year late to this thread, but I tried this with rubber stamps instead of printing, and it came out beautifully – I even managed to do some light embossing on my pages (though they were too thin to really hold up to much). Very neat idea, thank you for the inspiration!


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