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, April 7, 2011

Day 69 - Kool-Aid Cool - A Coptic Bound Book

We've got a simple little coptic bound book tonight. Guess what I was stocking the store shelves with today? (Here's a hint: I could make this book in any of eight or nine different flavors.) Did you know that Kool-Aid now comes in Strawberry Kiwi and Berry Blast?

I know it's neither earth-shaking nor entirely original, but in getting ready for a show this weekend, I find my creative energy is a bit limited. It was an easy idea to decide on. And another reason for doing this book comes from some frustration. Even though I have done this binding at least half-a-dozen times, I still need to read the instructions every time to get started. So I don't yet own it. I think a couple more examples will do it, so I'll just keep at it until it's natural.

Side Note: How many of you remember tearing a corner off a Kool-Aid envelope, pouring the powder into the palm of your hand and licking it up with puckered lips until your hand, tongue and fingers were all stained in bright fruit tones?


  1. What a neat little book; so nice and cheery and colorful! I must confess that I have never ever tasted Kool-Aid, either in liquid or powder form. I know - a totally deprived life! I have considered buying some to dye fabric or Easter eggs with, though. Anyway, loved the cute little book. Thanks! - Elaine

  2. Love the little book. Coptic binding always makes a book look so good, sophisticated, I think. And yes! I remember very well tearing the corner off and licking the kool aid!! What a great little memory!

  3. I love the bright red pages...very cute! I've been following your blog for a little while and I must say, I'm very impressed! Keep at it!