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, December 17, 2011

Book 297 - Recycled Snow White - Blank book-Journal with Coptic Stitch Binding

It works! The camera works! (Battery recharges will do that for you.) So, catching up...

Here's another recycled children's book, good old Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. (Sounds like the recent political debates... but only 5 dwarfs left... ooh, did I just say that? My bad. Sorry. No more politics.).

Snow White was one of my great favorite Disney films when I was a girl. So I love the classic Disney illustrations in this book. As usual, I cut out the book block and slit the cover case down the spine. Then I trimmed the cover boards close and bound the edge with some decorative red-and-gold washi tape. I folded up the signatures then folded more washi tape over the fold edges for a decorative accent--some in red/gold check and others in green/gold checks.

The book is bound with a single-needle coptic stitch, or chain stitch binding, with goldenrod waxed cotton thread.

One thing I reallyh like about this book (if I say it who shouldn't) is that it is really very well made. It makes a neat package and  would probably appeal to a young girl (or an old lady like me who was once a young girl who loved Snow White).


  1. I loved Snow white, too. Probably because I loved the dwarves more than the love story as a child. ;) The pictures bring back memories.

  2. Hi Donna!
    I loved your Snow White blank book.
    I am a librarian, so I love when you, in a kind way, improve the usefulness of a discarded old book. Your recycling techniques are very inspiring. Thanks for your perseverance!!