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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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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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 – 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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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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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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Repurposed Lemony Snickets – Greek Binding

By Janet Hickey / August 16, 2012

OK – I didn’t want to use my wood covered book to experiment making the Coptic Endband so I took two Lemony Snicket books that I dug out of the library’s RIP box to make a book to experiment on. This picture shows the covers separated from text block andthe front sides already trimmed back. I…

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Wood Book Cover from Hardwood Flooring

By Janet Hickey / August 15, 2012

At the next Atlanta Book Arts Collective’s monthly meeting one of our members is teaching us how to make Coptic Endbands.  The word went out that we needed boards. Picture a spinning top that has swirls of color – that was my mind.  Never mind what the intent was – I heard boards.  To me,…

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Beach House Book from Drink Coasters

By Janet Hickey / July 26, 2012

This, with a bottle of wine, would be a cute hostess gift. 4 5/8″ from floor to peak of box 5 1/2″ high at the center of the house with book inserted 6″ wide from roof edge to roof edge Materials: 2 Coasters – 4″ x 4″ thick cardboard coaster (restaurant kind) Empty tea box –…

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Leather Covered Slip Case for Antique Book

By Janet Hickey / July 25, 2012

One of the reasons I was interested in Jana Pullman’s class was that I wanted to make a slip case for a 1966 Instrument Flying Handbook I found at a yard sale. I have reclaimed airplane seat leather I want to use as a cover.  The leather is VERY thick and I was hoping for some…

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My Week At Arrowmont

By Janet Hickey / July 24, 2012

I’m exhausted!  The good kind of exhausted.  Every waking minute (there are NO televisions in the rooms) was spent making, observing and/or speaking with other artists about art – all kinds of art (and eating delicious meals). We learned a lot about historical leather bindings, leather and leather tooling from Jana Pullman.  I was kinda hoping for…

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Call me Pollyanna

By Janet Hickey / July 15, 2012

26 students – making 4 journals in 2.5 hours was ambitious. Pamphlets (4 1/4′ X 5 1/2′) showing the students specifics of the journals they made – bound with hairbands from Dollar Tree (100 for $1) Monday was the first day of class. The 25 artists (we lost one – before the class started) began the first…

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25 Students, 4 Journals, 2.5 Hours!

By Janet Hickey / July 6, 2012

20 page pamphlet I put together of the 4 Journal Techniques being taught4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ I’m nothing if not optimistic.  Here’s what happened.  A few weeks ago the Administration of a community arts center asked one of our local book arts teachers if she would teach a one day journal making class the…

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Shock and Awe – Library Sorter

By Janet Hickey / June 29, 2012

About a month ago I began volunteering at my local library.  Holy cow!  I didn’t have a clue as to the amount of work and organization that took place at a library.  It must have been a paper zoo when card catalogs were in use. Library – Box Label Sorter At any rate, in addition…

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