This is Margaret Peot's new book "Inkblot.....Drip, Splat, and Squish your way to Creativity"
I have used Margaret's previous book "Make your Mark" before in my lessons so I couldn't wait to see what she has come up with now!
If you are interested in winning your own copy of this book please read the rest of this post and leave a comment. I will make the draw on:
Friday April 15th/2011.
The book appears to be aimed at children however I found it full of great ideas and suggestions easily applicable to adult artists as well. I especially liked her sketchbook idea:
I used a sketchbook that I had on hand, applied some ink to one page and then folded over the former page page.
I did find the ink bled thru to the underlying page so I would advise you stuff a wax paper sheet on either side of the 2 pages you are working on.
I then did some pencil sketching, added some paint, a little Sharpie.....
When I looked at my blot I could see a Chinese Dragon puppet head.
It's amazing how one inkblot sketch will get that creativity flowing.........I started looking at all my dragon head reference photos and started making notes for new projects!
At school I have done a Monster "paint blot" project. There are 2 ways you can do it. You can squeeze the paint onto your paper with containers like these. Recycle your glue containers as well add some water to your almost empty paint bottles, shake and you can use up the last few drops
or use an eyedropper with either disk or liquid tempera. If using disk tempera you need to get your paint going so you have a pool of it from which you can draw up into the eyedropper.
Here's Ryan making a blot. Notice the page is pre folded......(Thanks for that tip Margaret!)
(please disregard the messy table but that is how I work, I can never figure out how some artists/creators have these fantastic looking workrooms like in the mag "Where Woman Create". My space is very much "lived" in!)
Fold over and press.
Open and leave your blot to dry.
If you are interested in these blot ideas be sure to check out Margaret Peot's new book. You can visit theinkblotbook.com as well as her inkblot videos on youtube.
Make sure to leave a comment before 9:00am Friday April 15th/2011 if you want to participate in the giveaway.
Good luck everyone and make sure you try an inkblot!
Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyDelete
lots of potential in those inkblots. thanks for the lovely giveaway. the book sounds like fun!ReplyDelete
My daughter and I could have so much fun with this book! Thank you!ReplyDelete
What a WONDERFUL book- I think I am off to create some inkblots for my own...ReplyDelete
We could use some creativity. Thank you for the giveaway!ReplyDelete
Awesome book.....these are great ways to really see the creativity in the kids we teach..Thanks for sharing......DebReplyDelete
I saw this book recently on another blog. It looks like it has ideas for many applications. Thanks. (I love your dragon!!)ReplyDelete
How fantastic! When I was little my best friend and I used to close our eyes and scribble, then turn it into something. This just looks like so much fun!ReplyDelete
Ooooh! Looks fabulous and inspiring...thanks for the heads up and for the giveaway!ReplyDelete
We made some folded heart Valentines this year using the paint blot method. It's amazing what kind of images emerge!ReplyDelete
That looks like so much fun! My kids (and I) would love it!ReplyDelete
lilypotterknits (at) gmail (dot) com
Oh what a wonderful book, our family would very much love it. Thank you for the opportunity to win it. MichelleReplyDelete
Wow! I work with children's programming at a library and this appears to be a fantastic resource...very inspiring. I appreciate the opportunity for chance to win, thanks.ReplyDelete
Great giveaway, count us in :DReplyDelete
Thank you for the chance to win!
It's amazing what you can find hidden in an inkblot. We'd love to add this book to our family library. Thanks for the chance!ReplyDelete
I love ink blots! thanks for the chance for a great looking book! JennReplyDelete
That looks like a great activity for my preschooler and me. Thanks for the chance to win, looks like a great book!ReplyDelete
ooh! Looks like fun! Count me in!ReplyDelete
I love your "messy table." WHERE WOMEN CREATE has team of stylists who prep the spaces for the photos shoots.ReplyDelete
hi, i like your blog and your great ideas, and this book is just for me :)ReplyDelete
kiradak at hot.ee
I love the ink blot idea. And that would be a great idea for a journal-either kids or adult!ReplyDelete
I'll have to check out our school media center for her books.
i love using inkblot lessons at the beginning of the year. i teach K-12 students with behavioral and emotional disabilities, and a lot of them struggle with self esteem and motivation in school. many of them are reluctant to try anything, because they are scared to "mess up". I do inkblots at the beginning of each school year to show them that accidental art can be beautiful!! many of them really get into this!ReplyDelete
great book!! thanks -shannon
I'm so glad you had a great vacation (I loved the photos you shared).ReplyDelete
I can totally relate about your workspace! I can't fathom how anyone can have a tidy workspace and actually work in it. :-)
I'd love to be entered into the giveaway - the book looks fascinating!
healingfrommcs at gmail dot com
Awesome! I'll be using this technique for my Daisy Scout troop. I'm sure that they will come up with wonderfully creative designs.ReplyDelete
This is such a great art idea for my daughter! Love the ones you made as well!ReplyDelete
Fab idea.. I actually saw two gymnasts in your original photo! I think I'll do a lesson like this this week... but would still love the book to further inspire me!ReplyDelete
Thats an awesome idea.. I love your lessons!! I'm going to let my kids try it out this weekend=)ReplyDelete
Those are super cool inkblots. I love these ideas.ReplyDelete
Me, me, me!!! Pick me! PLEEEEASE!!! That's how most of my students would ask anyway. I would so love to win this to use for myself and my own kids as well as my art students.ReplyDelete
Cool! Thanks for doing the giveaway... :)ReplyDelete
I'd love to have this for my kids (OK, and myself)!ReplyDelete
This is AWESOME :) Love love love finding art in all kinds of things, and would def love to have this book :)ReplyDelete
The book looks like very interesting, could use it...and your blog is very inspiring.ReplyDelete
marineva77 dot gmail dot com
LOVE this! We have done a lot of symmetry blotting in the classroom and the kids find it to be amazing but I had not added details so thanks for the extra tips!ReplyDelete
How fun! Love your dragon head. I will have to try the paint project with my 2-year old son; I'm sure he'd love to make his own monster!ReplyDelete
I love the blot monsters, and moreover I am relieved to see a lived-in workspace that is true to the creative life! Thank you for sharing these fun expressions.ReplyDelete
Have done inkblots for a color mixing exercise with my kinders and it is a hit! Would love the book for more ideas--thanks for the opportunity to try to be a winner!ReplyDelete
What a great idea for a book. I love your ink blot art. (I also really love your header...)ReplyDelete
These ideas are so creative. I love that you can start with only a few drips and end up with something amazing. I'd love that book.ReplyDelete
Looks like a great book! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration and a chance to win a copy! :o)ReplyDelete
I have this book on my wishlist. I like the idea of using it in my classroom.ReplyDelete
I think this is a great idea for kids or adults. I will certainly try it in my journal. Looks like a fascinating book! Thank you for the chance to win it.ReplyDelete
Your blog is inspiring! I love it! Hope to win!ReplyDelete
What a fun way to teach symmetry!ReplyDelete
What a fun looking book. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyDelete
This looks like something my kids (and I) would really enjoy. Thanks for the inspiration of a fun project!ReplyDelete
Your ideas are always inspirational! If you love the book, I know my students and I will! Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyDelete
Thanks again for another creative yet simple idea. I have used many of your ideas/projects this year with my students to great reviews. I am a teacher in Calgary, and followed your entries during your trip to Hawaii with much jealousy as the snow and cold were relentless over Spring break.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the opportunity to win. This looks like a lovely book to add to my artbook collection.ReplyDelete
I"d love to win the book...thank you for the chance..ReplyDelete
My students would love this book. I would love this book! Thanks for a great blog and a chance to win.ReplyDelete
Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [12 Apr 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, MariaReplyDelete
Very cool and love it. I did a similar lesson back in February with my students but they created Valentine Love Monsters based on the inspiration of: http://www.dailymonster.com/344_loves_you/daily_monster/ReplyDelete
Will definitely use this as a lesson in the future. Thank you for your inspirational posts Gail.
Great giveaway, great ideas, lovely book!ReplyDelete
The book looks fabulous and your artwork is AMAZING!! As always!!!ReplyDelete
Would love to win the book!
Thanks for the giveaway
Looks like a great resource!ReplyDelete
I'm thinking that this could be used for math lessons on symmetry as well. It's always great to combine visual arts with other teachables. The book looks amazing!ReplyDelete
I love your blog and have been inspired by so many of your ideas. I would love to use this book with my kinder class. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyDelete
Thanks once again for some inspiration! Love the ink blot ideas! Very nice of you to do these giveaways!ReplyDelete
glad you are BACK! you have been missed. Ink blot so fun for preschool....ReplyDelete
This is awesome. I do a "Magic Show" with Kindergarten with this concept to show secondar colors! I borrowed the idea from a friend.ReplyDelete
Love your encouraging posts!
I can't wait to try this! Thanks for the chance to win this book and share the ideas with the kids in our art school!ReplyDelete
This is awesome! Hope I win!ReplyDelete
I've been reading your blog for quite some time now and I'm always inspired. You have wonderful ideas! Glad you had a wonderful vacation.ReplyDelete
A blank page or canvas seems to be very intimidating to most people. Using a inkblot as a starting point might alleviate some of that stress and make the process more fun! Thank you for sharing the idea! I love all the photos in your blog. Keep up the good work.ReplyDelete
Amazing....I'm using this project for my journal intramural today...thanks for the inspiration! You simply amaze me!ReplyDelete
I love this book!ReplyDelete
rainbowartistally at gmail dot com.
I love your blog! I am a special services teacher for students with moderate to severe disabilities aged 16-21. I teach an "exploring art" class and use lots of your ideas. thanks so much for all your hard work putting this together.ReplyDelete
How neat! I just love your blog. The un-artistic in me gets a boost from the artistic in you! Thank you for sharing all of your ideas and making them simple enough for me to share with my own children!ReplyDelete
brandyferrell at yahoo dot com.
Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood
These type pieces are so pleasing to the eye and mind. I am always looking for more teaching ideas and some for visual journaling. I really like this one! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Another great idea to add to my Color My World camp this summer! I just love your offerings! Please count me in to win the book.ReplyDelete
This is a great idea for my art group!ReplyDelete
This looks like a wonderful book. I love the folded ink blot exercise.ReplyDelete
As a teacher, this book looks terrific, I could use it in the classroom or with my kids at home. I have loved doing some of your projects with my class and the Girl Guide group my daughter is in. This Friday, we are attempting to do the Woven trees!! Excited!ReplyDelete
I am beyond thrilled to learn of this book and would love to win it!ReplyDelete
Glad you are back from your vacation! I loved seeing the pictures you would post. We are going to Maui for the first time in September and can't wait!
i think i will try the inkblot activity with my elementary AND college students!
I would LOVE to win this book -- for myself and my children :) I promise we'd make good use of it :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for the opportunity!
Looks like a great teaching tool! And would be great with my kiddos at home! Count me in! Thanks!ReplyDelete
Yeah! I did it. This is my first blog post! I have followed your page for a year, and have used many of your ideas in my classroom.ReplyDelete
This looks like just the book for me! Love the blog.ReplyDelete
These are wonderful!!! You are the best!!!ReplyDelete
Looks like a fantastic book. Thank you for sharingReplyDelete
your great ideas - very inspirational!
thank you for sharing & thanks for the give away! I'm an artist in Alaska & love reading your blog & using the ideas with my 6 year old son. TamReplyDelete
I love this approach so much more than the way I have been doing it with my preschool kids (which is basically putting a big blob of paint on a page and folding it) I like the idea of using the dropper which make it more controlled. AND like the idea of just putting it on one side. For whatever reason, I'd always just put the blob in the middle of the page. Thanks! The book looks cool!ReplyDelete
This sounds like so much fun. I'd love to plqy with this idea with my grandson!ReplyDelete
someluckydog at gmail dot com
I love it! Looks really fun for small hands. thanks for the giveaway!ReplyDelete
I love your blog-can I come and live at your house and make all these cool things with you? Thanks so much for all of the ideas and inspiration.ReplyDelete
My kids and I have used an inkblot approach to make beautiful butterflies. Thanks for offering the giveaway.ReplyDelete
Oh, how I love this idea! It looks like great fun! I am so excited. Thanks so much! :)ReplyDelete
What a neat book I would love to win this. I am a follower. Thanks,email@example.comReplyDelete
The book would be fun for my kids and i!ReplyDelete
Your site is fantastic! I would love to win this book.ReplyDelete
I think my 6 year-old niece and I would have a wonderful time exploring this book and creating our own inkblot fun!ReplyDelete
What a fascinating concept! I can only imagine the creativity-stretching that would come from this book. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyDelete
I keep struggling to find an art lesson to do with my class but the ink blot idea looks fun and very creative. Thank you for the inspiration!!ReplyDelete
Looks like an awesome book, and one I would like to add to my library.ReplyDelete
O my goodness there are a lot of entries here!ReplyDelete
Just have to put my name in the hat for this book. I would so love playing with this and then passing it on to a couple cute little kiddos I love to play with!
Thank you for the fabulous giveaway and for the heads up on the book.
I love your blog Gail and I check it every day to see if there is a new one. I love your creativity and the teachers in our school love your ideas so many of them are used!ReplyDelete
What a great give-away. This book looks terrific (just like your blog)ReplyDelete
Thanks for opening my eyes to the inkblot blog as well.
Great ideas! I am always looking for new ideas for my sketchbook. This year I am having my students give me drawing suggestions and I am drawing one-a-day. It has been tedious but it is getting alot of my students excited about art! Thanks for all of the great ideas!!ReplyDelete
I have read your blog for ages. I think this may be my first comment. Would love to win the book!ReplyDelete
Julie jpost35 (at) hotmail (dot) com
This book would be great inspiration for my students!ReplyDelete