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.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Day 56-Little Strawberries Origami Book

Here's a simple little folded book, an origami-type structure made from a single sheet of paper. I came across this structure just today on the extreme cards & papercrafting blog. You can find the complete step-by-step instructions there.

I used a square sheet of scrap booking paper with a cheerful strawberry pattern on one side. The finished book is not quite 3" square. It was fun to make and I plan to try it again some day but with computer-generated text on the inside pages. I'll have to fold up a sample, then write numbers on each of the pages, also indicating top and bottom, to figure out what text goes where and in what direction.

Maybe tomorrow I'll do another leather book. Or.... who knows?