Flip-Book, Take #2

January 4, 2015

Waxed Thread of Sewing Books

Waxed Thread for Sewing Books

Am still trying to hone in on a way of making flip-books. This means creating templates in my graphics program as well as figuring out how I want to bind the books. There were too many things that weren’t right about the Japanese stab-sewn binding that I’ve already written about, so I thought I would take a look through the internet to see how other people bound their flip books. I found some slam-dunk awesome flip books, but not much inspiration for the treatment of the spine.

Some solutions for Flip-Book Bindings that I found on the Internet

Some solutions for Flip-Book Bindings that I found on the Internet

One site recommended putting a tight rubber band around the pages. I actually love this solution, as it’s so cheap and easy, but it wasn’t the way I wanted to go for the set of books that I’m planning. Another site suggested using a pad of Post-It notes, which actually seems like sort of an expensive way to go, and doesn’t leave much room for error. Also, the use of Post-its invites the distinct possibility that someone will re-appropriate your animation for use as (gasp) Post-it notes.

I tried out using a lighter weight paper, too, which my daughter immediately nixed. She said that the pages moved too fast, and that the book didn’t have the satisfying clicking sound that she likes. Someone on the internet suggested using filing cards for the pages, which I think would work well.  I think I saw at least one flip-book that was bound with those heavy-duty paper clips, which I just discovered are (appropriately) called binder’s clips. I think these would work well, though that re-appropriation problem would again apply. It looked to me like some people used pre-bound books or pads, and some people just held the pages together with one hand while they flipped with the other. Oh,  and a truly heavy-duty staple gun can do the trick too.  All good solutions, but none that enthralled me.

Gathering materials for bookbinding

Gathering materials for bookbinding

I decided to sew again, but to sew a simple 3-hole pamphlet stitch on to a flap. I made the flap out of book cloth. It’s hard to explain the flap in words, but I think the pictures show it well enough.

The flap  and the drilling

The book cloth has one accordion fold in it, and the rest wraps around the spine.

Book Sewn to Spine Piece

Book Sewn to Spine Piece

There, that was simple enough. I’ve actually done something like this with first grade students, but instead of sewing and using cloth, the spine that these first graders used was made of paper,to which we applied a two-hole punch, and used paper fasteners to attach everything together.

Big Bad Dragon storybook

Big Bad Dragon storybook

Here it is!

Storybook

Storybook

That was such a great project. But I digress..

Done

Done

Here’s the finished version of my little book. I’m mostly happy with it. I really like the look of the spine. The book works well, makes a good sound, and feels good in my hands. The last page has some writing, explaining what CMYK is. The text reads as follows  (please feel free to suggest edits to this text if I have made any errors, as I still consider this a work in progress. Thank you):

CMYK is like a secret code that printers use to define and mix color.

C: Cyan, bluish values
M: Magenta, reddish values
Y: Yellow, values of yellow
K: Key, values of Black

The range of numbers that follows each letter defines the concentration of CMYK pigment that the printer uses: 100 is fully concentrated brightness, zero indicates the complete subtraction of color.

This flip-book shows 48 of the possible 104,050,401 permutations of CMYK values 0 through 100.

In my last post I included an unlabeled and incomplete animated of a version of the contents of my book. If you’ve seen that post already and still have an itch to see a flip-book in action, take a look at this thoroughly gratifying brilliant creation of Matthew Shilian:

If you are in need of instructions for how to do the pamphlet stitch that I referred to, take a look at http://www.booklyn.org/education/ispamphlet.pdf

More flip books to come…

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.

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