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.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Book 321 - Gingko Leaf Guest Book or Journal - Stick Binding w/ Bamboo

I love gingko leaves and I love this paper. As soon as I saw it in my sister's paper cabinet, I knew I wanted to use it. It was a natural to pair with the piece of bamboo stick that was originally part of a placemat I took apart.

I covered two pieces of Davey bookbinders' board with a base paper, then a piece of the gingko paper in brown. For the front cover, I added another piece of gingko paper in black, layered on a light piece of smaller print gingko paper and finally added a cut out of a single gingko leaf. I love the final effect.

For the binding, I drilled two holes in the covers to match the holes that already existed in the bamboo stick. With beige twine, I stitched the covers to the bamboo stick.

I think this is one of the prettier books I've done recently.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Donna!
    You are right, it is one of the most beautiful books you have made until now. I like the design of the gingko leaves too.
    Thanks again for your so inspiring blog, there are many examples of making books.