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 3, 2011

Book 95 - "Dark Journey" - A Black Leather Wrap-Around Journal

I'm going to say right up front, I love this hand-made wrap-around journal. I haven't loved many of the books I've made the last week or two--liked them, yes, but not loved them--but I love this one.  The leather is butter-soft calfskin and I love the way it wraps up all wrinkled over a firm base structure.

I saw a wrapped up leather journal somewhat similar to this on a website a few days ago and have been thinking ever since about how to construct it. While figuring it out, I have basically made this book several times in my head over the last couple days. I didn't want to make it a case binding, I wanted a longstitch journal, but I didn't want the stitches to show and I wanted a hard or semi-hard cover on the front and spine only, not on the back.

From medium weight chip board, I cut a piece for the front cover and another for the spine. I then covered them with the front and spine parts of the cut leather piece, turning the corners in neatly. I then chose a fairly heavy cardstock and cut it like a wrap cover for the book block. I stitched the 12 signatures to it at the spine as if it were the cover for a longstitch binding book. Then I glued the wrapped book like end pages onto the leather.

Hmmmm, I finding this a little hard to explain. I hope the phtotos make it clearer. The leather flaps that extend from the sides and back wrap up the book like a package, and a leather thong wraps around and holds it all together.

This hand-made wrap-around leather journal is delightful to the touch, and the chip board liner gives it a firm structure to hold onto. Finally, a book I'm really proud of.


  1. I agree, this is great! would be excellent for special top-secret ideas

  2. The pictures do help a lot. That looks fantastic!

  3. I don't know how you do it! It looks great. I can only imagine the feel. (I trust you're going to have a show at the end of this project?)