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, November 3, 2011

Book 260 - "Que Comes Frijoles" - Eat Beans - Rosarita Recycled Package Blank Book

Recycled  packaging "R" us! Here's today's look at what I was putting on the shelf in the store. While oening a case of refried beans, I noticed there were recipes on the package, just enough and just the right size for a nice little blank book/notebook. (It's official; I now see potential books everywhere I look, out of everything I see.)

I cut the part of the package I liked into two pieces, lined them with some gold-toned card stock, and poked holes along the spine edges. I folded plain white text paper into the signatures and stitched the book with a single-needle coptic stitch in a nice red thread. If I say it who shouldn't, I'm finally getting good with this binding. This one is very neat and tight.

And I do have to say, owning a convenience/grocery store and having all this packaging laying about has certainly cut down on the cost of doing this challenge. Materials are everywhere.

What have you seen laying about today that you could make into a book?


  1. LOL! I love that it has recipes on the back cover! ;)

  2. Ooooh, that is so neat. And indeed you are coming to own that binding. I like that it has recipes on the front cover.

  3. refried beans in tortilla soup? who knew! but I guess since it came on a box of refried beans, i shouldn't be surprised.