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.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Book 93 - A chinese Red Circle Book

Here's a funny little half-circle stab-bound book in Chinese red. I found more of that Chinatown paper stash I bought last year in Portland, Oregon and there was this pack of thin paper scalloped circles in yellow printed in red. I decided to use them for pages.

For the cover I cut out boards, covered them with a red decorative paper with metallic gold swirls on it and made hinges from red duct tape. Then I bound the whole thing with a modified cross-stitched Japanese stab binding.

This is going to be a very busy week for me. I'll be leaving Wednesday night for three weeks in Mexico. I'm taking a basic tool kit with me and a few materials so I can keep up with the challenge, but it's going to be more... well, challenging. Please check in here to keep me honest! I need the accountability!


  1. a very sweet and colorful book, not funny at all! have a great trip, i'm sure you'll find inspiration in Mexico.

  2. Inspiration and lots of local materials. Buen vacances. I'll be checking. :-)

  3. love it....well done so far..maynot comment everytime but have subscribed so l miss nothingxxlynda

  4. Oh yes, you will find new materials down there to make into books! Just so you know, I check here every day!

  5. I'll be watching for your posts! I love your challenge, it's interesting and inspiring.