How to Make a Fairytale Flipbook

Fairytale Flipbook

Do you remember sitting in class and seeing the quiet kid next to you busily doodling at the corner of his or her notebook? I can bet they were making a flipbook drawing. Ever wonder wide-eyed how to do one of your own. It’s a fun and easy thing to create.

What you will need:

  1. A bright light source. That means a drawing lightbox or lightbox app like this:lightbox
  2. Stiff white paper
  3. Pencil, black pen & colored pens or pencils crayons
  4. A base image to work from

Let’s start with a base image. You can draw your own but you can also trace one if you like. Something like this:

base image

Now you can take that base image and start from the very back of your deck of stiff white paper. On the last page draw the image you want.

Now using that image and a strong light source (Lightbox is what I used for an app) add a new paper on top, slightly shifting the paper to a new position and retrace the image again. Keep doing this until you have a fairly decent amount of images that you can flip through once you are done. I recommend at least 15 to 20 pages.

At one end of the stack, you need to either staple it, tape it, or put an elastic around the end. This makes it easier to hold and flip the pages.

You can color in your images as you see fit with crayons, pencil crayons, or pens. Whatever your favorite is.

You will end up with something like this:

flipbook

Once you are done you’ll get something that goes a little like this:

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