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.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Day 89 - A Blue Butterfly Book

Today we go pretty simple. The hardest part of this little butterfly book was cutting the pages. Oh, how I wished for a die-cutter! Cutting the butterflies out by hand took forever and it's far from perfect or uniform. The last was really not a problem, because I simply made the decision that I didn't WANT them perfect. I wanted them loose and fluttery and natural looking. Problem solved. But I still would have liked cutting them out to be faster.

The blue butterfly image is both the cover and the center leaf of the single signature book. But the one on the cover is printed on heavy card stock, the one inside on plain paper. The other pages are cut from colored and decorative papers in lavender, blue and cream. The signature is sewn to the cover with a pamphlet stitch and tied on the outside, with two tails left on the thread to represent the butterfly's antennae.

I think it's pretty. It would be fun to pull out of a purse and jot a note in.


  1. This is a delight! I'd be hard pressed to actually write in it, though, because it is so pretty.

  2. @Misha, maybe only beautiful words and thoughts. :-)