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How To Make An Animation Flip Book

Hey everyone, Animation Girl here ready to share with you how to make a flip book with things you probably already have at home.

I thought there might be more than a few of you out there wanting to get into animation, but not exactly sure how to do it. Without fancy software or a down shooter camera things can feel impossible when you don't know where to start. But sometimes the best solution is the simplest.

It takes very little to put together a flip book animation. Honestly, you can do it with items you can find at home or school and if you don't have them, they cost very little to obtain.

Aside from the obvious, pencil and eraser, you'll need either a pack of Post-it-notes or some blank note cards. What's nice about the Post-it-notes is that they are already stuck together, so you can just get drawing and don't have to worry about a binding.

If you decide to use note cards, my personal preference since they have a larger surface area, you'll need a bull dog clip or binder clip in order to hold your finished animation together. I also suggest numbering your cards as you go, just in case they should fall out of order at any point in the process.

The actual animation process is easy. You can trace your pages against a window during daylight hours or use a light table if you happen to have one available. Then, whenever you wish to test your animation, just flip through the pages and watch it go.

IMPORTANT TIP: Don't forget to animate starting on the last page working your way to the first. Flip books work in reverse.

And that's all there is to it! It's super simple and easy to do. This is a great place to start if you are wanting to try animation and see if you like it. It's also a fun way to test out your skills and improve your sense of animation timing when you don't have fancy software and tools.

Get out there and make a flip book today!


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