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.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Day 84 - Going Small - Book in a Matchbox

We're going miniature again today. Pawing through supplies in my studio (I have boxes, piles, masses of stuff in there), I found a matchbox. It was another "Aha!" moment, handing me today's book on a platter.

First I wrapped the outside of the matchbox in some wonderful Mexican bark paper and embellished it with leopard-pattern ribbon. Then I made a little cross-structure book with a cardstock cover to fit inside the box. It's a little blank book journal, maybe just for small thoughts? Or maybe you reserve it for just the really BIG important thoughts, the ones that can usually be stated in a few well-chosen words.

Anyway, it's a nifty little book.


  1. Cross structure book???? It is really a treat, but this is a book structure I dont understand.

  2. Rachel - You can see a pretty good explanation of this structure at http://handmadebooks.livejournal.com/430037.html