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.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Day 64 - A Chloride, Arizona Post Card Book

In the 7+ years we've been here in Chloride, Arizona, we've collected a lot of old photographs of how this funky old town used to be. I often print them as postcards and they sell well in our store. So today, I was sitting at the computer printing out these vintage pix to sell when I thought, Aha! Here's my day's book!

I combined several of the old photos we have with some new color pix I've taken myself. I stacked them on top of a same-size piece of card stock and glued one short edge with padding compound glue to create what is essentially a perfect binding. Then I used some canvas-textured card stock to create a folder for a cover. The way it's folded creates a pocket inside for the postcard stack's card stock last page to slide into.

Just open the folder and the postcards flip up one by one. Neat! (And yes, Chloride really is a "town at the end of the road."

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