Noticed the Blue Impression that Rubber Stamps Make? Here's Why.
The history of stamping takes us back to the invention of metal wax seals, woodblock printing, and along with the blocks, ink was invented too.
The very first inks used charcoal or soot from fire as the main pigment, and according to Dunnedwards.com later in the centuries, “... humans used chemistry to combine the rare lapis with other ingredients, such as calcium and limestone, and generate other saturated blue pigments. It was at this time that an Egyptian word for blue, emerged.”
The early and abundant availability of black and blue inks has been a contributing factor to them still being used as standard inks according to Brian Allison, an esteemed historian and author.
In various settings today, from offices and warehouses to classrooms and craft rooms, we use rubber stamps (pre-inked or self-inking), and ink pads ubiquitously.
With the availability of colours today, we are spoilt for choice!
Blue or Black - Traditional
Blue ink is preferred to differentiate from the original black and white printed copies. In colour psychology, Blue has a calming and soothing effect on the brain, and is also associated with trustworthiness.
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Red - Signifies Urgency
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In Craft Rooms:
Play around with every possible colour combination for your creative projects
Introduce stamps to your children, which could open up discussions around the postal service, mail in general and the historical significance of seals for identification purposes.
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