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.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Book 134 - The Book of Pleasure - Accordion book in a Tin

This little "book in a tin" is, I think, more successful in conception than in actualization. The workmanship is just not very high quality. I do like the idea, but the card stock I used for the pages is slightly "cracked" along the creases, it is warped form the glue so it doesn't want to lie flat in the tin, and the painted pages look, frankly, crappy.

Still, it's Book 133. Mayhap I will remake it before the year is out... or not.

I got the idea in an art workshop in Mexico. My talented friend Joseph Bennet had an "open studio" workshop and I decided to paint this mint tin. Then I added a tarot card, the 6 of cups, from the Alistair Crowley deck. In that deck, this card stands for Pleasure, so that was the jumping off point. I found images that reflected my idea of pleasure, happiness, joy, delight and glued them onto the pages of an accordion fold book cut to fit the tin. Then I glued the last page of the accordion into the tin.

It's... OK, Just OK.


  1. I am too nearsighted to see the flawsin execution, but love the idea.

  2. I love this. I am currently working on some boxed books and this one that you have produced is quite inspiring. Please feel free to have a look at the only boxed book I have put on my blog so far and let me know what you think, I would very much welcome your comments. www.thingerm.blogspot.com

  3. Coral - I'd love to visit your blog but the link does not work. Could you check it for typos, etc. please? Then repost it here. I want to see!