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.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Book 103 - A Bamboo Trimmed Leather Mini-Journal

You know the old line about how to make God laugh? Make plans. That was my day. I woke up with a drippy, stinky cold and sore throat. Went out anyway and it turned into a day of missed cues, missed friends, foggy thinking and exhaustion. Bottom line? I didn't make it to the open-air market again. Came home and went to bed.

Which is all by way of explaining that my creativity is in the negative column today. Not a single original idea, inspiration, bit of whimsy. Nada. BUT... I came prepared for just such an eventuality. At the last minute, while packing for my trip, I threw in a few pre-cut pieces of leather, just for days like this. So today is another nice little handbound leather mini journal. The other day at the "Mega" I did find a bamboo bead placemat like I hadn't seen before. So now I have a bag full of bamboo beads in a few sizes. I used a longish 3-hole bead on the spine and a shorter 2-hole bead for the closure. I was hoping I could just slide the front wrap-around flap under the bead, but I couldn't get enough pressure to hold it shut, so I added a small strip of Velcro under the bead closure to hold it.

The hand-torn pages are a bright white medium weight paper with vertical ridges. There are 6 signatures with 14 pages each. The liner is a light tan paper.

A nice little book... and I didn't have to think to much about it. Now I'm going back to bed.


  1. A beautiful book. Amazing you did it in your sleep. You must have a book brain...lol...

  2. I hope you feel better soon!

  3. Bringing leather to Mexico, sort of the old coals to New Castle routine. How wonderful that you planned ahead for this sort of emergency. I expect we will see more wonders from the bamboo beads now in your kit. Snuggle up with a nice cuppa and get some rest.