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.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Book 239 - Lighthouse Journal w/ Double-needle Coptic Binding - recycled Wallpaper

Using up more wallpaper samples... here is a pretty blank journal with a lighthouse motif.

Once again, I used a wallpaper border, this one with a series of lighthouses. For the back, I used another piece of wallpaper with a nautical chart of the Caribbean on it. I hand tore the wallpaper to size for the front and back covers and the end papers.

The covers are Davey board covered with blue mulberry paper. The torn images were then carefully glued into place. To add interest to the exposed spine, I wrapped the signatures in strips of blue and beige nautical  chart paper. The book was then bound with a double-needle coptic stitch binding with blue waxed linen thread,

Thanks to the Davey board covers, this book feels very substantial. It measures 5" x 7". There are 9 signatures of 6 folded pages each for a total of 108 pages (216 both sides). The pages are my new favorite affordable paper, Neenah Sundance 70 lb felt finish paper in Natural Cream. The fore edge of the pages os hand-torn for a deckle edge.

Man, this particular wallpaper sample book find has turned out to be a bonanza!


  1. Yes, the wallpaper book is a winner already! Love that you have the smaller pic inside the cover, too.

    I'm curious about the Neenah paper. Have you used it for writing or sketching or anything? How does it perform in use? :)

  2. The Neenah Sundance paper is great for pen or pencil, writing or sketching. It could probably be used for very light water media, like watercolor pencils where only a very little water is used. I haven't tried it. I'm also pretty sure it would worked beautifully with ink and calligraphy nibs.

  3. Love the inages being torn and bond onto quality paper. Maps and anything travel would work well...sigh....