Focus Book

Focus Book – Workshop at Random Arts in Saluda, NC

By Janet Hickey / July 12, 2014

FOCUS BOOK – Workshop at Random Arts in Saluda, NC I’ll be teaching this book I created on July 25th. 6 1/8″ x 7 1/4″ 6 1/8″ x 22 1/2″ Story: I’ve been caught up in the Gouache technique.  Where you paint a picture in acrylic paint, paint over it with white gouache water color,…

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Guache

A Gouache here a little Gouache there + Golden Fluids color chart

By Janet Hickey / July 5, 2014

Gouache Technique and Golden Fluids Color Chart Although, admittedly, I’m an impulse opportunity shopper I don’t like to buy duplicates of supplies I have at home. Soooooo, after an inspiring Tuesday of Zen Doodling at Random Arts (where most of my Golden fluids shopping happens) I created an inventory color chart in excel of Golden Fluid…

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2014 Christmas Card – Panel Book based on Hedi Kyle design

By Janet Hickey / June 30, 2014

I’ve been doodling some, making books and buying duplicate of art supplies that I can’t get to in “lock up”.  Luckily Random Arts is having their Artist’s yard sale in October and I can sell some of the duplicates there (my studio should be finished by then). While lost in Pinterest (this should be a…

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Bookmark Shader

Shading and Blending Pencil lines with a Clay Shaper

By Janet Hickey / June 17, 2014

Shading and Blending Pencil lines with a Clay Shaper I watched a YouTube video on working with colored pencils last week.  The artist (sorry I didn’t make note of the artist) used a Clay Shaper to shade her graphite pencil lines.  It’s been on my mind and I needed to give this technique a try…

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Now I’m THAT house.

By Janet Hickey / June 13, 2014

Now I’m THAT house. I know you’re probably thinking “boy am I glad I don’t live close to her”.  That’s OK.  I remember the many trips I used to take to visit Impressive Ideas in Roswell, GA.   A short-cut would take me through a neighborhood and I would pass a house that decorated for…

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Vintage Maytag Ad

By Janet Hickey / May 12, 2014

Vintage Maytag Ad I LOVE library book sales.   I find the most interesting books that would have never come my way had I not gone to the book sale. At a recent library book sale I purchased the book Wuthering Heights, printed in 1943 (stunningly illustrated with wood engravings by Fritz Eichenberg).  Folded up…

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Tool Storage

By Janet Hickey / April 16, 2014

Tool Storage This a quick post… This is an ice tray used for making ice that fits in small mouth water bottles.  I’ve gotten three of them so far at thrift stores for $1 – $2 each.  New, they sell for about $4 at hiking and athletic stores. 10 1/4″ w x 3 3/4″ d…

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Gouache Resist – Oh Please!!!

By Janet Hickey / March 27, 2014

Gouache Resist – Oh Please!!! I am such a two year old!  Enough said… There is a long blank wall in my dining room.  The art from our Atlanta house is out of place here.  In moving “things” around, in and out of boxes, I came across two brand new 12″ x 36″ Showbox Gallery…

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I’m more than Excited!! Random Arts in Saluda, NC

By Janet Hickey / March 19, 2014

Random Arts in Saluda, NC My art supplies are still in storage ;( However, I’ve been able to take a couple of workshops close to home that didn’t require all my supplies and have found an awesome network of artists and crafters. **I discovered just how close Random Arts, Saluda, NC http://www.randomartsnow.com is to me –…

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Unfinished Wood Boxes repurposed

By Janet Hickey / March 18, 2014

Unfinished Wood Boxes repurposed The second installment of repurposed bedroom furniture… Supplies: Two wood storage boxes purch online at Joann.com – $30 ea with coupon TTL w/shipping $60 http://www.joann.com/large-wood-storage-bin-with-lid/11873684.html Four glass blocks used for bases (2 per base) – purchased at Lowes – $5 ea Total for both night stands:  $80 Finished Product: I couldn’t find…

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Privacy Screen repurposed into a Headboard $0

By Janet Hickey / March 17, 2014

Privacy Screen repurposed into a Headboard $0 First things first – two finished products (headboard and night stand)…. I just finished making the side table from an unfinished wood box – that’s the next post. I absolutely adore the color we painted our bedroom – Palladian Blue (look the color up on Houzz.com – they…

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Cutting Board Storage

By Janet Hickey / March 16, 2014

Cutting Board Storage I’ve been busy trying to get the house comfortable. The remodeled kitchen is almost complete.  We selected backsplash tile this past weekend and hope to install within the next few weeks.  I’ll post before and after pictures when we’re finished. In the meantime I needed a place to store my cutting boards…

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My GLASS bottle tree has bloomed!

By Janet Hickey / March 7, 2014

Spring must be around the corner….my GLASS Bottle Tree has bloomed! I couldn’t help it – I got a bottle tree for my front yard hoping the folks passing by will get as much of a  kick out of it as I do. My daughter saved up and collected wine bottles for me.  They prefer…

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Happiness Is The Truth

By Janet Hickey / February 12, 2014

It’s been almost three weeks since we moved to Hendersonville, NC and today we’re expecting up to 10″ of snow.  Everything at this house runs on electricity with the exception of the fireplace – which I can’t get to fire up.  What a hoot! Creek and small water fall is located in the background The…

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Angel Inspired

By Janet Hickey / January 30, 2014

Angel Inspired   Sometimes my art is intentional (if it were more so I’d get more done).  More times than not my art is inspirational – meaning my hands just start creating. A few months ago I was attempting to use up the last of my B-Mix clay (porcelain content – fired to cone 6)…

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Prest-o, Change-o AND I’M BACK!

By Janet Hickey / January 29, 2014

Hi and thanks for staying with me. A couple of minor issues in conjunction with a major one caused me to drop out and not leave a courtesy “see ya later” – sorry about that. The minor – *  I had some health issues I had to deal with.  I changed my diet and to…

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1 Inch Book Pendant

By Janet Hickey / January 29, 2014

Hi – just messing around and made a 1 Inch Book PendantI put this post together on Valentines day 2012! and it got lost in my drafts folder.  This is great if you have old correspondence that’s dear to you – you don’t want to part with it AND you don’t want to share the…

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Book Sale – Artists and Crafters Heads Up!

By Janet Hickey / March 7, 2013

I made these two boxes from repurposed hard back books  (standard size) : I’ve spent the last two days volunteering for Cobb County Library – assisting in the unpacking and sorting of books for their semi-annual book sale that starts tomorrow (Friday, March 8th) at 9 am and goes thru Sunday.   The sale is held in two…

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TA DONE! – Coptic End Bands

By Janet Hickey / March 6, 2013

I hate to continue leading my posts with TA DA! but when I finally figure something out I just can’t help it. Coptic End Band   In the beginnin….7 1/2″ x 5″ – 11 signatures – 4 sheets/8 pages Susan, our instructor for teaching the Coptic End Band technique, brought text blocks for us to keep…

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Recycled Eyeliner = Fine Line Travel Paint Brush +1

By Janet Hickey / December 26, 2012

Sometimes I just can’t help myself.  When I get some clear head space, no TV, no Radio, no people, no books (usually in the shower, brushing my teeth or driving) – ideas just start popping.The latest is this.  I was thinking about the collapsable box.  If you took two of them with you when you…

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