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.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Book 193 - A Nifty Little Leather Journal with Brand... and a Coyote!

This whole leather mini-journal came into my mind when I saw the carved bone howling coyote in a bead store. Well, hey, I live in Arizona. Coyotes "R" Us. I saw a pair of them just a couple days ago as I was tootling down the Chloride Road. So naturally, this one called to me.

I knew he was going onto a leather journal. But the brand (or scar) in a circle that just happens to look like the moon rising huge behind him was just a happy accident. Really!

Whenever I am pawing through leather scrap bins, I always keep an eye cocked for scraps with ranch brands or scars. I think they give the leather so much more character. I'm not sure what the rough circle scar on this piece was, but I like it.

This little mini-journal has ten signatures of 7 sheets each for a total of 140 pages (280 both sides). It is sewn with a longstitch binding with natural hemp cord. I find I am drawn to these "fat" journals much more than the skinnier ones. (Probably because I always have too much to say... as you might have noticed).

OK, I'm done. Enjoy this book!


  1. I love the fat ones, too! Even tho I need another notebook or thin book to prop my arm on to actually write in them--ROFL!

    Love the wolf, the kind of moon, the mottled looking paper signatures, and the inside cover pages are awesome, too. I guess I love it all. :)

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