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, December 11, 2011

Book 295 - The New Topical Textbook Journal-Recycled Textbook w/ Bookmark - Single-Needle Coptic Stitch

A slight change from altering and recycling children's books... here's a recycled/upcycled vintage textbook. I cut the covers off The New Tropical Textbook. This time, I was careful to cut it cleanly enough that I could also use the spine as a bookmark.

I wrapped the raw cut edges of the front and back covers with maroon washi tape and boned it down very well. I glued maroon card stock end papers inside both covers for a clean look. I folded and trimmed to size seven signatures of white text paper. Once the pages were nested, I covered the folded edge of each signature with the same maroon washi tape used on the spine edges. I knew this would give me a clean, uniform look to the exposed spine.

I punched holes in the sigs and the covers and bound the journal with black waxed cotton thread in a single needle-coptic stitch binding.

Finally, I took the separate spine I'd cut out, glued the cut edges inside and then covered the entire inside with the maroon washi tape.

This is not a super-creative journal, but it's a nice little book.


  1. Using the spine as a bookmark! You keep coming up with new things that surprise me. Lovely little book. :)

  2. I love it, a real favorite. Maybe not imaginative to you, but I think it is.