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, September 29, 2011

Book 232 - Small JOurnal from Recycled Wallpaper - Butterfly Binding

This little blank book/journal is also made from a recycled wallpaper sample and bound with a butterfly stitch. It's like a pamphlet binding but with five holes. The single signature has 26 pages (52 both sides).

This time I used a piece of wallpaper border with a pretty banana palm design. I laced a green ribbon through the spine and covered it with a palm leaf green piece as an accent. Again, the wallpaper was not heavy enough by itself to serve as a journal cover. Plus there was writing on the back. So I backed the wallpaper with a piece of maroon card stock for a clean finish inside.

A very simple little book but nice, I think. Good size for a purse.


  1. I love your wallpaper books. I have wallpaper sample books and fabric sample books. I have used some of it. It is nice to see I am not the only one who thinks they look too good to pitch.

  2. You might also concider old comic books if they are not worth a fortune as a collectable. Calendars, old cook books, paper sample books with new covers.

  3. Love the front painting of the banana palm! Your wallpaper books are great. :)

  4. lovely! that must have been some wallpaper!

  5. @frances - Great suggestion! I've got tons of old book pages, foreign language pages, calendars, magazine ads, etc. Have to clear out some of the stash when I get home..