Playing around with the Flip-Book

January 1, 2015

Flip-Book Pages

Flip-Book Pages

January 1, 2015!! Happy New Year! My New Year is starting out with Flip-Books.

Full Definition of FLIP-BOOK:

a series of illustrations of an animated scene bound together in sequence so that an illusion of movement can be imparted by flipping them rapidly. Citation:  http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flip-book

 
I’m looking to create a template for the dimensions, the paper weight and the binding for a bundle of different flip books.The only way to do this is to just get started. This first book has resolved only the question of dimensions: the pages are each 4.25 inches wide x 3.50 inches tall. This allows 6 pages to be printed on each 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper, with the grain running parallel to the spine.
Flip Book Scrren Shot, 48 artboards in Illustrator

Flip Book screen Shot, 48 artboards in Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator CS6’s  grid and its paste-in-place command made creating the graphics fun, once I got my system down.  I’ve hand drawn flip books before, but that’s not the route I’ll be taking here, as there’s a certain type of precision I am thinking about.

This first book show hue and saturation changes in the CMYK color palette. Right now I’m not as focused on the content as I am on the structure.  This post shows the journey of this one book. I’ll keep trying out papers and bindings until I’m happy with the way it’s put together.

Flip-Book pages, uncut

Flip-Book pages, uncut

It was exciting to see the pages come out of my desktop printer. I do wish I had a great printer, but one thing at a time.

Cutting and Collating

Cutting and Collating

First step is to cut the pages down to size, which I do by hand, then the pages are put into one pile, in the right order. I really wanted to see how my book would look with a decorative Japanese stab sewn spine. There’s a lovely secret inside many of these kinds of bindings, which I included in this little book.

Here’s the secret: it’s a little spiral of twisted paper that is threaded through the book block, not the covers. Here’s one way of getting this done:

flip book drill inner holes

My trusty Dremel drill makes two holes through the pages of the book.

Twisted Paper threaded through the pages

Twisted Paper threaded through the pages

I cut a 6″ x 1″ piece of strong, thin paper twist it and thread it through the book. I snip off half of it to use in the other hole. Then I continue to twist the paper. After a bit more twisting the paper tries to form itself into a spiral, which I absolutely, gratefully accept.

Twisted and Spiraled

Twisted and Spiraled

I apply a dab of paste to the spiral and then, with a protective piece of wax paper on top, hammer the spirals flat. Now it’s time to prepare the book block for a cover.

Drilling in the holes for the sewing on the cover

Drilling in the holes for the sewing on the cover

The sewing pattern I decided upon needs seven holes. Notice that the spiral are placed in such a way that they don’t overlap with the cover holes. After drilling the holes in the book block I pierce the cover holes using an awl. It’s lots of measuring but easy enough to work out.

CMYK Flip-Book Finished

CMYK Flip-Book Finished

Here’s the finished book. This is what I learned from this process: I will not be doing Japanese stab-sewn bindings on these books in the future. For one thing, this method challenges my Number One Fundamental Rule of Book Making, which is, Do Not Get Blood On the Book. Also, this sewing method was developed for thin, strong  handmade Japanese papers, and can look awkward on Western copy paper. It looks fine in the photo, but less so in real life. I’m going to try a simpler binding next time. Also, I’m not convinced the Hammermill 60lb Color Copy Digital Cover paper (a personal favorite) is the right paper to use for this. I need to try out some other papers.

Now, if you are feeling unsatisfied with the just looking at this little book without being able to flip through it, here’s my gift to you,which is GIF for you: a GIF animation of the unlabeled pages of the book.  Special thanks to Iva Sallay, who put an animated gif puzzle on her Find the Factors site, which gave me the confidence to figure out how to do this. If the box below doesn’t animate, click on it. The image should run through twice.

Color Wiggle

Color Wiggle    Click on image to animate

To be continued.

7 Responses to “Playing around with the Flip-Book”

  1. Sue Cole Says:

    I didn’t understand the purpose of the twisted paper, other than to hold the book together until you sewed on the cover. In our recent book exhibit, one person did a book that included paper yarn that she spun by hand. The gif only went thru once for me.

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    • Good question, Sue! In his book Japanese Bookbinding Kojiro Ikegami says on page 30 the following: “Inner Binding This is the most fundamental important step in binding book. Inner binding strengthens the book so it will not come apart if the cover stitching breaks. It also facilitates handling the book during the stitching process……Inner binding is a very efficient means of securing the text and is much sturdier than it appears to be.Nevertheless, nowadays you will see many Japanese books with paste applied to the spine in place of an inner binding.”

      For me, what it comes down to is that it’s a simple step to do and it pleases me to do it. happy new year!

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      • If the Gif goes through just once, click again it will play again. I just checked and it’s going through twice for me…it starts when you first go to the post, so what I have been doing is racing down the page to see it play without having to click on it again.Then I click on it to play it again….something I need to stop doing so much…

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  2. ivasallay Says:

    Drills and awls sound pretty dangerous, but it’s the Japanese stab sewing that is really out for your blood?

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    • Yep, for me it was the needle that showed vampire tendencies. When I am working the the drill and the awl I tend to work slowly and deliberately, knowing that these can be dangerous instruments. But I let my guard down with the needle and thread, especially when there’s lots of sewing, and when I am bringing the needle through one hole multiple times: the sewing gets tight and I use more force and then all of a sudden…blood on the book. I do want to put together steps that are more user friendly, both for me and for others. Stay tuned…I know you will.

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  3. Hi Paula, thanks for this nice entry on the first day of 2015!
    Wishing you a creative and happy year of bookmaking.
    Iris de Leeuw from Netherlands

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