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, August 26, 2011

SPECIAL POST - A Shout Out to Audrey Hollinger & The Paper Trail in New Dundee, ONT, Canada

My regular readers may recall that Audrey Hollinger mentioned a few weeks ago that she owned a hand-made paper and book binding supplies store in Canada and she kindly offered to send me a few "odds and ends" from the store to help in this project.

The box arrived today and all I can say is ... well! We have a different concept of "a few odds and ends." This was a treasure box! Audrey sent me more than 50 sheets of hand-made paper, made by her and her husband Kevin Martin. Beautiful stuff in wonderful colors and with some really fun inclusions. There were also more than a dozen sheets of hand-marbled paper they had done plus some headbands, linen tape, linen thread and book posts! I think today was Christmas!

It was so kind and generous of Audrey to share this bounty with me. You will all be seeing lots of it in the coming days (like tomorrow) as I use it in my books.

Please do check out Audrey's website at www.papertrail.ca and click on the PDF catalogue.. If you live in Canada, it's easy to order supplies from her. For the US, shipping can be high, so check on the prices first. she has everything you could want for paper making and a growing list of book binding supplies, too.

Thank you so much, Audrey and Kevin. I love what you sent and am going to have great fun playing with it!


  1. Donna, Thank you for this wonderful write up! I'm so glad you liked the package - I'm just sorry it took so long to get to you. I hope you enjoy using all the little things I found around my shop.

    the Papertrail

  2. That does sound like Christmas! Love to see pics. :)

  3. Christmas and birthday all at once. What a nice gift and it will indeed be fun to see these *odds and ends* in action.