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 23, 2011

Book 203 - a Red Flower Book - Folded Book w/ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote

This is a simple one, a flower book with exploding pages. This whole book is made from a single sheet of 12" x 12" scrapbooking paper, flower printed on the front and white on the back. I cut it into four 6" squares and folded each square into a flower fold. Then I stacked the four folded pieces and glued them together. I also used a small flower punch to punch shapes into some of the pages in random places.

It opens up into this clever exploding flower. On the cover, I printed a line from the Talmud; "Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, 'grow, grow.'"

Inside, I have hand written a quotation from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "All our progress is an unfolding, like the vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason."

You can stand this on a shelf, leave it closed, or open it up and tie the ribbon so it hangs like an ornament.


  1. Cute and clever! I love the quotes! :)

  2. Yes, great quotes in a great presentation. You are on a roll these days.