Wednesday, 7 September 2011

A Flag Book

I've been meaning to try to make a flag book for ages - first I thought it was too difficult, until I read a tutorial and discovered that the making wasn't hard, it was more a matter of deciding what to put inside to make an impact. A bit like making a never ending card.

Finally I decided to bite the bullet and make a test one. I could have crafted it a little bit better but it didn't work out that bad, but definitely the image choice - a photo I took in Rio and photoshopped - lacked impact.

Since it was my brother's birthday yesterday and  I sent it to him last week instead of a proper birthday card, so it wasn't totally useless.

The cover - I am happy with it; it's a family photo that my husband took.


Inside, the flag book itself:

The back:


The "spine" of the book is a concertina to which you attach paper strips; when you open the book and pull the concertina, the paper strips overlap creating a moisac-like image with repeating patterns.

If you do try to make one, choose your image carefully, mine was pretty but boring with too much white space and lacking a strong focal point.

I am definitely going to have another go, but next time, instead of a photo, I'll use random bits of paper. 

2 comments:

Sabriel said...

wow, that is amazing, it looks really complicated to make, but what a lovely idea :D

Cook22 said...

Curious that you decide to use paper next time - this makes me think that I should try with a photo next time! Most of the ones I've made have been more along the lines for writing in - I've done two to use as birthday books, with a *flag* for each month. I like the idea of trying it out with a photo...