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, August 9, 2011

Book 191-Lion King-Recycled Children's Book Journal-coptic Stitch Binding

Here's another recycled children's book made into a blank book/journal with a single-needle coptic stitch binding. What makes this one interesting is that the cover is padded and covered with a kind of vinyl.

I cut the book down the center of the spin and removed the board in the spine. I folded the cut edges over onto the covers and glued them down. I used a pair of pages from the book as end papers, choosing images from the very beginning of the book and one from the very end, both of lion parents offering up their cub over Pride Rock. I also put an illustration from the book on the first page of each signature. I taped these illustrations in with a decorative red and white masking tape, which shows at the spine and provides extra decoration.

This little journal has four signatures of six folded sheets each for a total of 48 pages (96 both sides). It's one of the few coptic sitch books I've done that really looks good and neat. I don't need to be ashamed to show this one.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome! Love how you retained some of the colored pictures in the book. :)