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Inkblots are not only useful in psychoanalysis, but they also can help get the creative juices flowing.  Victor Hugo used inkblots to get inspiration for his writing, and ordinary people can make inkblots to get through whatever creative block they are experiencing.  So says Margaret Peot in Inkblot: Drip, Splat, and Squish Your Way to Creativity.

Inkblot shows readers how to create single-fold and multi-fold inkblots, inkblots with different colored inks and blown ink, landscapes, and more.  After listing the various supplies needed to create an inkblot and different techniques for moving the ink on the paper, Peot explains how to draw into the inkblots, or turn them into works of art.  Various objects and scenes can be found in a single inkblot, and Peot teaches readers how to turn their inkblots upside down, look at the negative shapes, and trace what they see.

If readers don’t see something right away, Peot provides tips for looking at inkblots and asks amusing, thought-provoking questions to help them see things differently.  She even provides advice on how to create a sketchbook full of inkblots.  Inkblot is full of colorful illustrations of inkblots and the objects found within them.

After reading the book, The Girl (age 10) and I wanted to create our own inkblots.  We didn’t have all the supplies listed in the book, but we decided to improvise, believing that our improvisation was creative in and of itself.  We took two small squares of paper and folded them in half.  I took apart a pen and cut the ink cartridge in half, and we dabbed the ink on one side of our papers.  I used a cotton swab to move the ink around.  Then we folded the papers over, smoothed them out, opened them back up, and let them dry.  After they were dry, we looked closely at our inkblots, and used markers to outline and color what we saw in them.

I bet they would have come out better had there been better supplies on hand, but they were fun to make.  Mine is on top.  I saw a butterfly in my inkblot, but I guess if you turned it sideways, you could see snails.  The Girl’s is on the bottom.  She saw an alien crying.  She colored only one side, partly because her left-handedness was streaking the ink everywhere and partly because she wanted to show a “before” image of her inkblot.

Inkblot is a book that will provide hours of entertainment and creativity.  The idea behind the book is not to just create inkblots for the sake of creating inkblots, though that would be fine and fun; it’s to get your mind working and thinking about other creative endeavors.  As Peot says in the book, “Many creative people say that it is important to cultivate playfulness and to do so regularly.”  (page 8)  Peot says creative people work on a schedule, which helps avoid creative blocks, and by making inkblots during moments when they don’t have any other ideas, they will teach themselves to see the world differently on a daily basis.  We can’t say Inkblot has changed our lives or made us more creative after a single reading and a single inkblot, but it’s definitely an idea and a book that I can see us revisiting in the future.

Courtesy of the publisher, we have 1 copy of Inkblot to give away to our readers.  To enter, simply leave a comment with your e-mail address and tell us what you normally do to get the creative juices flowing.  This giveaway is open to readers in the U.S. and Canada, as the publisher is shipping the book, and will end on Sunday, March 27, 2011, at 11:59 pm.

**Please note that this giveaway is now closed**

Disclosure: We received a copy of Inkblot from publicist Diane Saarinen and Boyds Mills Press for review purposes. I am an IndieBound affiliate and an Amazon associate.

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