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.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Book 234 - Another Housewarming Gift/Guest Book - REcycled Wallpaper Book w/ Long Stitch Binding

OK, it's more wallpaper, the same townhouse border I used in the last book. But this welcome journal - guest book - housewarming gift is a different style. This time the border strip of townhouses is not die cut. I glued the whole strip onto a piece of dark blue textured wallpaper and lined the whole cover for added strength with another piece of paper in a cloud pattern.

This is a larger book than I usually make -- notebook size. I used 11"x17" gray text paper folded into signatures for the pages. Four signatures and a total of 40 pages (80 counting both sides). I printed out the word "Welcome" in dark blue ink on wheat colored paper and glued it to the bottom left corner of the cover.

The guest book is bound with a long stitch binding with blue waxed linen thread. The guest book feels a lot more substantial than you'd expect from simple wallpaper.

I think this would be way cool on an entry table for guests to sign their names and comments.  A nice remembrance of friends and family.

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