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, July 9, 2011

Book 164 - A Simple Stab-Bound Sketchbook

Here is another really simple book. This little sketchbook is not meant for serious work. It's for throwing in a bag with a pencil for quick sketching on the go.  The paper is thin, like tracing paper, and the covers are cardstock, not boards, so it is not meant to last a lifetime. It's an inexpensive, quick book.  Even Rachel should be willing to scribble and sketch in this one.

I always like doing the Japanese stab binding. It's easy and quick but it always looks good. And there are a lot of stitching variations possible with stab binding so you can play with it.


  1. That's really pretty card stock for the cover and I like that it has print on both sides. Cute! :)

  2. And it looks like it would stay open. I would definitely use that, although would still be looking for the RIGHT use. Thanks for thinking of me. :-)