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 24, 2011

Book 147 - Water Lily Book - a Hand Made Folded Book

This hand-made book is a pretty one, I think. I saw a picture of this book today in a book arts newsletter, but it had no directions, or even a hint how to make it. All it had was the name, "Water Lily Book." So off I went a-googling and found a great tutorial at the My Handbound Books blog. It's not a difficult book. Mostly it's just folding with a bit of gluing.

I made four water-lily-fold "signatures" from 6" squares of decorative paper. Inside each of the four main panels, I glued photos of water lilies. The covers are davey board covered with mulberry paper. I added a ribbon to hold it closed. When you untie the ribbon and open the book, it opens up like a water lily.In these two-dimensional photos, it looks a lot like a quilt block, but it does have a lot of dimension and looks quite nice.

The front cover has a quotation from Sri Guru Granth Sahib: “Wealth, the beauty of youth and flowers are guests for only a few days. Like the leaves of the water-lily, they wither and fade and finally die.”


  1. This is lovely. I'll have to give it a try.

  2. Really pretty! Never seen anything like it. :)

  3. Gorgeous book! Beautiful way to showcase the water lily my favorite flower. Thanks.

  4. I am very fond of water lillies, even if they are short lived. this is just wonderful. and now I am off to chase down that site.

  5. The Water Lily Book was designed by Viva Lloyd, a calligrapher from Surrey England, and it was published (with directions) in "Bound & Lettered" on 2006, though I'm not sure of volume or issue number. Her lovely "Bridge Book" is featured in the same issue. Back issues are available from JohnNealBooks.com

  6. The correct issue is Bound & Lettered Vol. 5, No. 2.

  7. Dane et Moi,
    Thanks for that information. I like to credit designers when I can. I will add her name to the original post. And I will definitely check out those back issue of Bound & Lettered.