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.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Day 30-Camel-Colored Leather Journal

Another leather journal, my favorite books to make. This is a fat little book covered with a buttery soft camel-colored leather. The closure is a pair of brown leather strips that tie in the front. I'm not completely happy with the closure yet. I think it needs a button or buckle or something rather than just a tie. I'll have to think on it a bit more.

Book measures 3 1/2" w x 4" high x 1 1/4" thick, a nice purse or pocket size. The inside end papers are a textured banana paper. The pages are cream heavy text paper. Once again, it is bound with a longstitch binding and sewn with waxed linen thread.


  1. what a beautiful little book!

  2. do you have detailed steps on how to make one? Thanks alot!!!:)

  3. Chezka - I'm sorry, I have not written out a tutorial, but there are some good ones on the web. One pretty good three part tutorial on YouTube is http://www.youtube.com/user/MajhadaCrafts?feature=watch#p/a/u/2/3bERAwpNeKo I don't start my stitching on the outside because I don't want the knot to show, but otherwise this is just how I make my books. I hope you find it helpful.