Tutorial – Gouache Resist Using a Resist Liner

By Janet Hickey / March 13, 2015

Backstory:  Our bi-monthly doodling group was tasked with coming to the next meeting with a doodle containing our initial, a flower(s) and a square (could be the size of the paper). I came across my fine line bottle of masking fluid while I was moving things around (again and again) and it was on my…

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Simple Pop Out Valentine Card – Doodled Heart

By Janet Hickey / January 20, 2015

I was very good yesterday, I worked all day at putting my studio back together, so I took a little time before calling it a night and made a Pop Out Valentine card.  Valentines Day is weeks away so I have a some time to finish it with a verse.  In the meantime I’m going…

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Fred Mullett & Mermaid

My last Fred Mullett and Mermaid picture

By Janet Hickey / January 12, 2015

I swear I was done playing with my Fred Mullett and Art Impressions stamps (BTW I got the three ladies stamps, unused, at the Random Arts yard sale – where the shop AND customers sell used and unused supplies).  But it’s really cold outside and I didn’t want to go get more boxes to unpack.…

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Clamshell Box

Clamshell Box For My Friend

By Janet Hickey / January 11, 2015

I made this box housing a tray and journal for my friend Bonnie who is fighting a battle with cancer. Of all the book jackets I have in my stash I didn’t have one I felt suited my vision.  Most of the thick books useful in this type of box with a tray are generally…

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Doodled Spider

Doodled Spider from Photograph

By Janet Hickey / January 7, 2015

A friend posted this picture of an Ornamental Tree Trunk Spider – (Herennia Ornatissima) Monochrome by ElephantVisionPhoto on Facebook.  I suggested that it would make an interesting doodle and proceeded to give it a go. I taped the picture to my worktable and then taped a piece of tracing paper over that:   If you look closely you…

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Zombie Book and Clam Shell Box

By Janet Hickey / January 4, 2015

Short story… I wanted to make something different for a special, incredibly talented, artist. I went to her blog and found a post titled “Things To Do Before The Zombie Apocalypse” – things rocketed on from there. I lead a rather boring life and am not too familiar with Zombies. I’m more afraid of not…

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ATC – there’s a first time for everything

By Janet Hickey / October 14, 2014

First, let me apologize for the pictures.  We’re close to finishing my studio and getting my supplies and furniture out of storage.  In the meantime I’m still working on my kitchen counter and, if space wasn’t an issue, it’s been a beautiful rainy day with a gray sky – therefore not the best light for…

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Flag Book Workshop at Random Arts, Saluda, NC

By Janet Hickey / September 30, 2014

I’m on schedule to teach this fun Flag Book workshop at Random Arts in Saluda, NC on Thursday, October 9th. * All materials to make the Flag Book and Envelope as seen below, are precut and included in the workshop.  Workshop size is limited to 8. * Book size is 4″ x 7″ closed / 16″…

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Coptic Binding Wood Cover Book

By Janet Hickey / August 24, 2014

This good was made from four pieces of wood flooring.  A window was made using mica.  

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Clamshell box – repurposed Lawyers Reference Book

By Janet Hickey / August 23, 2014

We’ve moved my web site and blog to WordPress.  While still in the process of updating categories and tags, etc., I realized I hadn’t posted one of my favorite boxes (or if I did I can’t find it 😉 I bought a few lawyers reference books from the yearly local library book sale.  This one…

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Commercial Bindery video from 1947

By Janet Hickey / July 23, 2014

This video of a Commercial Bindery from 1947 is mesmerizing AND fascinating. My uncle worked as a typesetter for a newspaper in Tennessee.  He loved his job.

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The Process of Sculpting Books

By Janet Hickey / July 20, 2014

The Process of Sculpting Books – something I’m fascinated with. I stumbled upon this short (7:08 minute) video showing the Process of Sculpting Books.  It features the Zen Garden Installation by Long-Bin Chen “Set in Stone”.   This video was highlighted on the website of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of…

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Pamphlet Stitched Journal with Collaged Cover

By Janet Hickey / July 18, 2014

If the Focus Book workshop finishes early we’re going to make this journal structure… Pamphlet Stitched Journal with Collaged Cover Design Considerations: I wanted a journal structure that used supplies most folks would have on hand and involved minimal, if any, sewing.  It should be easy to assemble and easy to decorate (I, however, couldn’t stand…

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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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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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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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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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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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