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.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Day 8, January 30th - Wave Action Flip Book

Today's book is a little flip book. You probably all made at least one of these as kids. You draw or print a picture on the pages of a book, making it just slightly different on each page, then flip the pages to make the image appear to move. Actually, it's exactly what movies do--take thousands of still photos of action at a high rate of frames per second, then show them fast so the images blend into one another.

This book is called "Wave Action." It has approx. 60 pages, each with a wavy line. When you flip the pages, the line seems to undulate. I began by drawing a wavy line onto some card stock and cut it out. I then used that as a sort of template to draw the wavy line onto a page. Then I moved the template 1/16th" to the right to draw it on the next page. Then moved it to the right again for the next page and so on. I then took the whole stack of pages, in order, and used padding compound to glue the left edge to make it like a glued notepad. I made a cover out of tagboard and covered it with some decorative Japanese masking tape and glued the book block inside.

I wish I had video to show you the neat wave action when you flip the pages. I want to make more of these books, but with much more sophisticated drawings inside for more complex movement.

The book measures 3 1/4" x 2 1/2"x 3/8" thick.

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