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.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Book 99 - Spring Fling Double Pamphlet Book

As soon as I saw this lovely pale green vellum paper today, I knew I had to use it. Here in Mexico you can buy paper by the sheet, so I bought just 10 sheets of it. When it came to tearing the pages of the book, I was a bit nervous since I didn't have enough vellum to do them over if I screwed it up. But I like the way the torn layers came out.

The lovely images are more pages cut from my Arizona Highways weekly calendar (for weeks already past). I made two signatures of 4 sheets each from the vellum and stitched them to a card-stock weight cover. You open one side with the tulip, or you can flip the book over and open from the other side, with the slot canyon image.

Sunday I will go to the "tianguis," the bi-weekly open-air market where you can buy anything from groceries to dried herbs, to old tools, to 2nd-hand clothes, to radios, CD, and cassettes, to live birds, to meat or fish or cheese, to fresh honey, to fabric, to toys, to shampoo to... well, you get the idea. I'm sure I will find some intjeresting materials for future books.


  1. I love this idea of torn pages. Almost a tunnel book.

  2. ooooh, nifty idea. And tomorrow the market will provide cornucopia.

  3. I *love* how those pages turned out, especially over the sky background.