Monday, March 7, 2011

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


Leonardo da Vinci saw landscapes and battles in the swirls of a marble wall. The novelist Victor Hugo splashed coffee and wine on paper and found castles and monsters in the spatters. Now Margaret Peot shows how anyone can use inkblots as keys to creativity.

For decades, the author has been using the inkblots she makes to spark her own creativity. Now she shares her insights and techniques in this beautiful treatment of the subject. From basic tips on paper and ink to advanced approaches for transforming splatters and ink blobs into works of art, she sets readers on a path to creating their own inkblots. Her enthusiastic text and step-by-step approach will encourage even the most reluctant artist, and her stunning artworks will inspire reader to create inkblots that are uniquely their own.

  • Pub. Date: March 2011
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
The Elliott Review:

I am really excited about this book because it is a great find for anyone who is creative. It helps you to develop your creativity in a unique way. The author guides the reader through the steps of using an inkblot to help ideas to germinate.  We learn how to make an inkblot as well as the different kinds that can be made. What I really love is the way one can draw pictures into inkblots. Rather than helping one to psychoanalyze herself through what she sees in an inkblot, this book helps you to change how you look at something - to see the picture hidden within. 

The idea of creativity as a discipline or habit is something that I think is really important to a lot of creative types, and this book explores that through the systematic use of inkblots. Using a sketchbook to regularly brainstorm is explored, and a glimpse into how inkblots have been useful to some famous individuals is also very telling.

I am not really artistic, but I definitely see how this could help me in my own goal of writing and teaching. This could be a great way for students to get more creative or another area for an art class to explore. This book is something unique and that really makes you think.

Source: Thanks to Diane of the Saima Agency for providing a copy of this book for a fair review.

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