A Book a Day? What's Up With That?

Hi, and welcome to this year-long project. So what's this all about and how did it happen, you might ask. In mid 2007, artist Noah Scalin decided to make a skull out of anything he could find, every day for a year. It stretched him in ways he never imagined, as an artist, a writer and a person. His experience turned into a blog that went viral, and then a book.

Others have picked up on the idea: 365 Hearts, 365 Masks, 365 Bears drawn on a cellphone, 365 paper napkin mustaches.
I wanted to play, too, and I chose books. I love books, I know a bit about making books (thanks to my talented book-maker sister, Marilyn Worrix), and they're broad enough in definition to give me a lot of creative leeway.

The whole point is not really the books. The idea is to stretch myself in many ways as an artist and a person, to set up a discipline, stick with it and see what that teaches me.

I hope you'll join with me and follow along on the journey chronicled here, and let me know what you think.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Day 18-Jokers Wild

This is a book I've been thinking about making for ages. I've been collecting different designs of playing cards for years, thinking to make books out of them. I saw the stack in my studio today and figured it was time.

This extra-large pack of cards measures 4 3/4" x 6 3/4". There are approx. 78 pages of deep cream-colored text weight paper. (156 counting both sides). The spiral binding is hand-coiled out of 14 gauge nickel wire, then threaded through the hand-punched holes.

Since my big paper-cutter is not properly set up, this gave me a chance to practice cutting a book block with and X-acto knife. The cut turned out not bad. Punching the holes was harder. Next time, I'll find a better way to line them up and punch them than with a hand punch that won't do more than 4-5 pages at a time.

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