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.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Day 25-Another Fat Little Hair-on Journal

Back to one of my favorites, a little leather journal made with hair-on cowhide. This one is a nice fat one, with 72 thick, creamy pages (144 counting  both sides) of Arches text-wove art paper, which is wonderful for pencil, pen and ink, charcoal and other not-too-wet medium.

The end pages are tan banana paper. The leather cover wraps around the front and is closed with a soft leather thong with a big bone bead on the end. It is bound with a longstitch binding with black waxed Irish linen thread.

This little fat book measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 1 1/8" thick. A nice book in the hand. And the longstitch binding means it lays flat when open, easier for writing in.

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