Margaret Peot, author of Stencil Craft, on tour July 2015

Posted By on April 21, 2015

Stencil Craft CoverAbout Stencil Craft: Techniques for Fashion, Art & Home

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (June 19, 2015)

As a Broadway costume painter, I use stencils every day—from tape to giant mylar paisleys, to elaborately cut textures. Stencils can make a plain surface rich with come-and-go repeated pattern, add creature texture such as feathers, fur, or scales, create depth and add mystery to the most mundane fabric. Stencils can look boldly graphic, soft and atmospheric, or make marks that are almost photographic. Stencils are incredibly versatile (beyond stenciled letters for the mailbox!), and I have always wanted to write a book featuring them.

Stencil Craft: Techniques for Fashion, Art and Home is filled with stenciling techniques. From cutting stencils from various materials with scissors, craft knives, or stencil burners, and then painting through them with brushes, natural sponges, spatter and spray, we will explore a full range of stencil possibilities. In this book we will paint stencil portraits, totes, aprons, ornate borders, tablecloths and tea towels, pillows, a floor cloth, stationery, wrapping paper, and more, and begin to build a stencil library.

Praise for Margaret Peot’s work:

Inkblot Receives School Library Journal Starred Review!

“Peot takes inkblots out of the psychology class and into the art room…Peot’s enthusiasm is contagious and her ideas about using images to develop creativity are intriguing… The book is handsomely designed with a variety of background and font colors and printed on high-quality glossy paper. As Emberley popularized fingerprint art in Ed Emberley’s Complete Funprint Drawing Book, (Little, Brown, 2002), this book is likely to make teachers and artists catch the inkblot bug.” –Donna Cardon for School Library Journal

“… Upbeat, practical, and nearly irresistible, this may just be the go-to book on inkblot art.”–Booklist

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Peot_authorphotoAbout Margaret Peot

Margaret is an artist, writer and costume painter. Margaret’s book Inkblot: Drip, Splat and Squish Your Way to Creativity (Boyds Mills 2011) was awarded a Eureka! Silver Medal for non-fiction children’s books. She is also the author of The Successful Artist’s Career Guide (F&W 2012), Alternative Art Journals (F&W 2012), and Make Your Mark (Chronicle Books, 2004), voted one of Library Journal’s best how-to books of 2004. She is looking forward to the publication of two new books in 2015, Stencil Craft (F&W) and an early reader picture book, Crow Makes a Friend (Holiday House).

An avid believer that art making can be for everyone, Margaret has presented art workshops with cancer survivors, elders, children, parent and teen groups, writers, nurses and caregivers, at The Creative Center at University Settlement’s Creative Aging conferences, and their Artist-in-Residence Training program, with EngAGE Utah, at Gilda’s Club, The Huntsman Cancer Institute, Operation Exodus in NYC, and at Miami University’s Scripps center with Dr. Like Lokon, and Opening Minds Through Art.

Margaret has painted costumes at Parsons-Meares, LTD for more than twenty years. Projects include Broadway (Aladdin, The Lion King, Wicked, Turn Off the Dark, Will Rogers Follies, Shrek the Musical, Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, among many others), dance (ABT, Joffrey Ballet, Pilobolus, Feld Ballet, Nevada Ballet), film (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), as well as for circuses, arena shows and ice shows. She taught costume painting for ten years at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and taught costume painting and presented lectures on making a living as an artist at UNC, BYU, The Self Employment in the Arts 2013 conference in Chicago, at FIT, Miami University, and USITT-SE in Athens, GA. Margaret is a member of USA 829.

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Margaret Peot’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Wednesday, July 1st: girlichef

Monday, July 6th: Cozy Little House

Tuesday, July 7th: Savvy Verse and Wit

Tuesday, July 7th: A Life Sustained

Monday, July 13th: Open Book Society

Tuesday, July 14th: Marcia Beckett: Making Things * Teaching Art * Being Creative

Monday, July 20th: Marcia Beckett: Making Things * Teaching Art * Being Creative – author interview

Tuesday, July 21st: No Monsters in My Bed

Wednesday, July 22nd: Up to Date Interiors

Friday, July 31st: Luxury Reading


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