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.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Book 318 - A Blue Leather Journal/Blank Book w/ Button Closure - Long Stitch Binding

Back to the leather journals today. This one is made from a really beautiful piece of leather in a deep royal blue with a surface that has been polished to a soft sheen. To complement the blue leather, I used light blue waxed cotton thread for the stitching. I also used a step pattern when I punched the holes for the sewing stations to create an interesting pattern on the spine.

After I folded and punched the signatures, made of 70# Neenah Sundance paper in ivory, I wrapped a piece of blue mulberry paper with newsprint flecks around the block for end papers.

The back cover wraps around the front where I attached a pretty hand-made ceramic button. Then I added a thong of the blue leather to wrap around the journal then wrap around the button to close it securely.

A pretty, useful, and salable book.