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Friday, July 29, 2011

Inkblot: Drip, Splat, and Squish Your Way to Creativity - Margaret Peot

Released March 2011

Boyds Mills Press
Margaret Peot

Reviewed by Bob Walch

In this remarkable book, artist Margaret Peot not only illustrates how inkblots can be a source of artistic inspiration but also how they can take an individual’s creativity to new heights.

This hands-on guide explains the techniques that will help the young artist, or anyone for that matter, transform inkblots into works of art. After listing what materials will be necessary and how various types of inkblots can be created using folded paper, the author gets to the “cool” stuff. This involves the adding of lines and color to create a variety of creatures, objects, designs and even  people.

One of the important concepts you’ll learn is how to look at an inkblot. This entails identifying positive shapes (made by the ink and water) and negative shapes (the white spaces around and between the ink shapes).  You’ll also be shown ways to assess an inkblot to determine its potential for creating an interesting picture. With this knowledge, all sorts of interesting images will emerge from an inkblot or series of them.

If you’d like to learn how to splat, drip, puddle, drizzle, and fold your way to creating a variety of artistic creations, let your journey begin with this book. Margaret Peot will be your guide from start to finish and she’ll make the experience both informative and fun.

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