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 38-A Nice Little Notepad

This would be a handy little thing to keep in your purse. First I made a notepad by stacking plain white paper and cutting the whole stack at one time with an Xacto knife to get nice clean edges. Then I used padding compound--a special type of glue that will turn a neat stack of paper into a tear-off pad--to glue the top edge. Bulldog clips held it in place until the compound dried.

Then I cut a template from card stock and cut decorative paper to cover it on the outside. I scored the fold lines, folded it into a book shape with a front flap, glued the notepad to the center back and added a piece of velcro in front to keep it closed.

It will be interesting to explore this idea some more.

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