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, January 4, 2012

Book 317 - Recycled/Upcycled Vintage Physics Textbook Journal-/Blank Book - Single-Needle Coptic Binding

Another upcycled book journal today, but this time it's a cool vintage textbook. The cover just says "Physics." Since I was terrible in Physics in high school, I nearly passed this one up (I was more of a biology kind of girl). But I love the vintage look of it.

The usual routine: I sliced off the spine and bound the cut edges with variegated green washi tape. I glued some mottled blue paper inside the covers for end papers and used a cool vintage-look graph paper for the fly leaves. I covered the folded spine edge of every other signature of white text paper with more of the green washi tape to create a pattern on the exposed spine.

The binding is done with a single-needle coptic stitch with medium brown waxed thread.

This feels comfortable in the hand. It's a nice size for an everyday journal.


  1. Perfect gift for your favorite nerdy folk!! ;)

  2. This is so funny. I just made a journal for the new year using a Physics book. I also liked the handy size of mine. Love seeing all your books!