Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Inkblot by Margaret Peot (Review and Giveaway)


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  • Reading level: Young Adult

  • Hardcover: 56 pages

  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Pr (March 1, 2011)

  • ISBN-10: 159078720X

  • Summary:

    Inkblots aren't just for psychology... Just as Leonardo was inspired by the haphazard swirls in marble, and Victor Hugo dribbled coffee and wine on paper to create new imagery, noted artist, printmaker, and Broadway costume painter Margaret Peot takes inkblots to new creative heights with this stunning, hands-on celebration of their beauty and potential. She presents the many insights and techniques she has gained throughout her career from basic tips and information on paper and ink to advanced techniques for transforming inkblots into works of art.

    My Review:

    Whenever I am in a creative rut or have a mental block, I like to create inkblots and study them.  They are fun to make and get you thinking about different images or designs that can be seen through each inkblot.  Originally popular with psychologists, who used them with their patients, inkblots have become a fun way to build your creative and perception.  Artists will especially love making inkblots.

    Before I actually sat down to read the book from cover to cover, I have to say that I flipped through each page and looked at the different inkblots. As a child I always loved making snowflakes and seeing how each one I made was unique and different from others.  No two were exactly alike.  The same goes for inkblots.  Margaret Peot walks readers through what are inkblots, how to look and see into inkblots and so much more. 

    If you love art or making unique art, are experiencing a creative block or just want to learn more about inkblots, check out this book today.

    About the Author:

    Margaret Peot is a painter, printmaker, and writer. She has exhibited at Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latinoamericano, The Center for Book Arts, La Mama New Works Series, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, and other venues and will have a one person show in January of 2011 at the St Peter’s Church Gallery in the Citicorp Building.

    Her first book, Make Your Mark: Explore Your Creativity and Discover Your Inner Artist (Chronicle Books, 2004) is a collection of no-fail, no-drawing-necessary ways to make beautiful marks on paper. Make Your Mark has found a following in the education community, and was voted one of the best how-to books of 2004 by Library Journal.

    Margaret’s next book, The Inkblot Book: Drip, Splat and Squish Your Way to Creativity (Boyds Mills Press) comes out in January of 2011.

    Margaret has painted costumes for Broadway theater, dance, television and the circus for the past twenty years.


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