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"Peot's enthusiasm is contagious and her ideas about using images to develop creativity are intriguing... this book is likely to make teachers and artists catch the inkblot bug."-D. Cardon, starred review
--School Library Journal

"[An] exciting road map through an underappreciated art form. . . . Equally cool for kids and parents, art classes or casual groups." --Kirkus Reviews


* "Peot's enthusiasm is contagious and her ideas about using images to develop creativity are intriguing. . . . Likely to make teachers and artists catch the inkblot bug." --School Library Journal, starred review


"Browsers will be delighted with Peot's diagrams and finished pieces, and practitioners can expect to find as much guidance in her examples as in her text." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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"Your mind is a fantastic garden with all manner of seeds ready to pop up and grow into big ideas." -Margaret Peot
A lifelong inkblot maker, Margaret Peot shows how to use simple yet rich techniques that supply the water and light needed to nurture ideas from the creative right side of the brain. It all begins with a blank sheet of paper and some ink.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159078720X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590787205
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Alyson Beecher on March 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When I saw this book, I had one idea about what to expect, and then when I opened it the book, it was something completely different. I'm not sure where to put it. Likely not the picture book section but more likely the art section of the store. This is more of a how-to/activity book for those who want to learn how to create prints with an inkblot style. The pictures are lovely and I can see a teacher using this with older elementary students or high school students even. I would probably recommend this to be shared between an adult and a child. However, the inkblots and the artwork is creative and worth taking a look at.
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Leafing trhough this book alone made me look differently at the world around me. Making ink blots with my children was surprisingly easy with this book as a guide. I loved learning a little about the history of ink blots. I had no idea that Victor Hugo did inkblots sometimes in the middle of his writing. I would highly recommend this book for families and for anyone who has sat at a desk in front of a screen for so many years they have forgotten how to play!
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Who would have known that splats of colour could be so much fun? At first glance, Inkblot by Margaret Peot, seems like a this could be a fun activity book for kids only...Surprise, surprise, it's not only for kids! Granted, my youngest daughter and I did have some great moments doing art together...But really, I spent many hours experimenting on my own and taking this art form to another level.

Innovative artist, Margaret Peot shows us how to take a simple ink blot and transforming it into an incredible piece of art. Blots can be made with ink or paint- by smudging, spraying and so many more interesting techniques. The results can be very amazing and quite breathtaking.

And for anyone suffering from the occasional artist block- no big deal! Inkblot is the perfect springboard that sets the stage for brand new images and ideas that literally stare you in the face.

Inkblot by Margaret Peot is a MUST- have for any artist. But enough talk- check out what I created from simple inkblots: check out my art site at:

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Inkblot is a Fantastic book and I highly recommend it!
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What would you say to an activity that will help you tap into your creativity, but requires no particular artistic skill? Let me add that it will be fun and you get to dabble around with art supplies. Margaret Peot explains how creating inkblots can help you overcome creative blocks, inspire ideas and open up avenues for creative expression. All that from blobs of ink and your imagination!

Simply put, just drop, brush, or swab ink on one side of a creased paper. Add a few drops of water. Fold the inked paper in half, and press firmly to make a symmetrical image. Unfold the paper to check the image and add more ink if you are not satisfied with the result. The types of paper and inks that you use will make all the difference in the quality of the finished product.

All right, so we know the steps to create a proper inkblot. Chapter 2 shows us how to add lines and colors to the blob to make it more recognizable. This is as simple as drawing around what you see in your blot and then coloring it in. It's a lot like lying on your back, looking at clouds and picking out shapes. If you having trouble getting started, try thinking of the inkblots as puzzles where you are looking for hidden images. They are there, just cleverly disguised.

I think this book is so inspiring. Before reading this, I had never known about the world of inkblots. It's so neat that the ink is just waiting on the paper for your interpretation. The final outcome is unique - what do you see? Check out Margaret's Subway Inkblog Blog to view the projects that others have made. Or visit the Inkblot Book's Channel for dozens of cool videos. What a wonderful and unique book this is!
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What a fun book for grownups, kids, parents and teachers. My daughters and I had so much fun looking at the inkblots in beautiful book and then creating our own. This is a great book for creative people looking for a new outlet. But I think it is absolutely perfect for opening up kids and grownups who don't feel so confident about art. There is guaranteed success and fun for all abilities and all ages. As a teacher, I can see myself using it with such a variety of people--from age 5 to 95!
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This is a wonderfully creative book that really opens the reader's mind to possibilities with art. We run a healing arts program and intend to use some of the ideas in this book as a springboard to begin using ink blot art for healing with cancer patients and others.

Glad we purchased it. Our artists are enjoying experimenting with ink.
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I received my copy of Inkblot a few days ago. Today I read the book cover to cover over a leisurely cappuccino, and I am impressed at how inspiring this beautiful book is. Making inkblots is a great way to loosen one's creativity! I am ready to get splatting and squishing and folding. My plan is to pick up a bottle of India Ink and some paper on my way home, and get started blotting immediately. I've just added inkblots to the list of what I am going to do with my 13-year old niece next week when she comes to visit.

The book is well organized and easy to navigate. It's as if Margaret Peot is sitting right next to you patiently explaining everything that you need to know. First Ms. Peot discusses a wide variety of ways to make inkblots, then she directs you to exactly what materials you will need for each technique. Happily, you don't need more than a handful of supplies, so you can get started without making much of an investment.

Ms. Peot explores in the next sections how to draw into your inkblot, how to "see" into your inkblot, and how to develop a sketchbook. Interspersed in the book are examples of inkblot heros, from Rorshach to Victor Hugo, from Stefan G. Bucher to Justinus Kerner. The examples from Ms. Peot's own work are simply beautiful - truly one of the highlights of the book. There is also a gallery of children's inkblots.

This is a book that can be savored by folks of all ages. I recommend it highly.
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