Twinkle Badge Story, Work In Progress

by Angela
Twinkle Cover Experiments, Twinkle © D.C.Thomson&Co.,Ltd
Twinkle ©  D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd
This is one of the 3 or 4 books I am working on.  Its based on a piece of art I made for my MA below. It is a very short story about the Twinkle badge I took from my older sister. I want to make a very small book and I want the cover to look like an old Twinkle annual I have.  I have been experimenting with lots of glossy photo papers and brochure papers to try to get the same affect as the Twinkle Annual.


The best result so far is from Kodak Premium Photo Paper. Some print beautifully and give great colours but when you start to glue them to the book board you get all sorts of problems. Lots of screechy moments! With some paper the minute you start to touch it with the bonefolder it rubs the image off.  I know I am not using the paper for the purpose it was designed for so I shouldn’t really complain. One of the best looking papers was Brilliant Supreme Glossy Photo Paper but it was just too thick and does not come in a lighter weight. It was a nightmare to glue and fold. Its the one at the back middle with the tear – I got a bit vigorous with the Teflon folder!
Twinkle Badge Story, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol
Twinkle Story, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol

I’ve also included the original photo of me wearing the ‘stolen’ badge 🙂 plus the complete story and the Twinkle Annual below.

Nannette & Angela (Angela wearing 'stolen' Twinkle Badge
© Tom Callanan


My older sister used to get a comic called Twinkle. A free badge was promised in the next issue, she waited and waited and was so excited about it, but when it arrived I cried until I got it. She talked about it for years…how I took the Twinkle badge. A few years ago I found an old Twinkle badge at home, I put it in a presentation case and gave it to her as part of her Christmas present. After thirty years she got her badge back.
Twinkle Annual 1973, Twinkle © D.C.Thomson&Co.,Ltd
Twinkle ©  D.C.Thomson & Co., Ltd

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Elephant's Child 24th April 2013 - 10:54 am

Love it. And I love the sibling issues – so familiar.

Angela 24th April 2013 - 10:59 am

Thank you Elephant's Child. When I look back I was probably a big pain in the ass to my older sister but she took it all in her stride. In the about section of this blog you can see me fighting with her over her bicycle 🙂

Angie Butler: Artists Books and Letterpress 24th April 2013 - 12:46 pm

Angela – the Twinkle cover looks so very authentic – I can't wait to see the finished book. Worth all the trails and tribulations of the photo papers to achieve what you want!

Every time I wear my Twinkle badge I meet someone who recognises the image, we chat and are transported back to our early childhoods yet again …

Angela 5th May 2013 - 10:43 am

Forgot you had the badge Angie – don't tell my sister 😉

Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen) 13th May 2013 - 8:43 pm

What a great childhood pic! I love it. I'm sure the little books are going to be wonderful. It's a funny story.

It is indeed completely exasperating trying to find a decent paper that will work well for photos, yet not get completely scuffed if you so much as look at it too long. I know some book artists don't use inkjet coated papers. But if you need glossy… alas. I've sometimes had luck with a glossy paper designed for brochures–it's foldable (HP makes the one I'm thinking of.) I'm glad the Kodak seems to be working out.

Angela 13th May 2013 - 8:52 pm

Thanks Ellen. I had seen some of the HP Brochure papers online and was wondering if they were any good. Might give them a test too. I didn't have much success with the HP photo paper (colours weren't great despite the fact I have a HP printer) so let's hope the brochure paper is better 🙂


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