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, March 6, 2011

Day 37 - A Scroll for the Dalai Lama

For awhile I've been saving the little plastic tube-like rolls that make the center of a cash register tape. Since we have a store, we end up with a lot of these and I always thought they looked like something I could make something out of one day. Today, while I was changing the tape yet again on the machine, I realized I could use one to make a scroll.

Also today, the Dalai Lama posted a quotation I really like to his facebook page (Yes, the Dalai Lama has a facebook page.) I used the quote to lay out paper strips with text on the computer, cut the strips, carefully glued them together to make one long strip and glued one end to the plastic tube. I rolled it up, added some decorative red paper and a yellow cotton floss tie, and there it was... a scroll for the Dalai Lama.

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