Alphabets, letters, words -- gorgeous! You can play with them to your heart's content over at typogenerator. (I learned about this from Julie at High Fiber Content.) Type in a word and it compiles images from the web. You can have it try the same word over and over again and get entirely different images, or you can ask it to keep certain aspects only (text, color, background) and change the others. I typed in "peace" and here are three images I got:
Oops, I just posted this and all the images seem to have disappeared! They are still there in my html version, so I'm hoping you may see them, but they don't show up on my computer. Try it for yourself, it's great!