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.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Book 300!! - Scroll Saw Wooden Cover Dos-a-Dos Journal - Coptic Stitch

Book 300! We're in the home stretch! And finally, I can start posting again after more than a week with no working computer. Lots of books to post--I'll do them a few each day.

This is a pretty little dos-a-dos journal with covers made of wood with scroll saw designs cut into the covers. I found these little wooden panels at a craft show in Las Vegas last month. Even though they were meant to be part of a night light, I knew, of course, that they really wanted to be part of a book.

Each cover has a different design and each is backed with a different color of pearl card stock to show off the cut-outs. For those who don't know, a dos-a-dos structure is essentially two books with one common cover at the center. Turn it over and you have a different book with its own cover. Each half has a different color text block and both halves are bound with a single-needle coptic stitch.

I think this is a nice book to mark the 300 book milestone.