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.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Book 305 - A Tiny Notebook/Jotter from Recycled Packaging - Top Tobacco Book - Ribbon side Binding

Recycling 'R' Us - Here's a piece cut from a box that held a dozen pouches of Top brand rolling tobacco.

I cut the pieces and backed them with some colored stiff black card stock. I scored the front cover well with the point of a bone folder to create a hinge for the Japanese stab binding/side binding. After cutting white text paper to size and punching the stitching station holes, I bound the little notebook/jotter in a cross stitch pattern with narrow red ribbon.

It's a silly little thing, but it would be a handy quick jotter to carry in a purse or pocket, good for jotting down shopping lists, phone numbers and random ideas you don't want to escape.

And it counts as a book for a day.

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