Origami, the best hobby ever!
Origami--The Art of Folding Paper
Origami was created in the 17th century and has evolved into modern art. The techniques that are used in some of the models are very complicated and takes over 100 folds to create. I think that origami is a form of meditation for me. The repetitive folds that you are doing over and over just puts my mind in a state of relaxation. To me, its the best hobby ever! Origami is a hobby that people of any ages can do. It is a great craft for kids and fun for them. My son also loves to fold origami and in fact he is the one who introduced me to it. It is an excellent way for him to pass his time, at the same time to learn about patience and focus on better attention span. Plus, he loves creating new origami models and try his hand at some challenging ones. Although not successful all the time!
Lotus Flower by Kayenta
Origami into Art
My son was 8 years old when he started getting interested in origami. He was obsessed with it and would be bent over the table hours after hours, folding his origami papers. He got better and better at it and was starting to experiment with different kinds of origami folding techniques. It became like a form of art for him as he would start to display his models that he is so proud of. He would borrow books from the library or would be looking for new models to fold from youtube. I got curious one day and joined him in this new hobby of his.
Origami can be difficult at first, but once I got the hang of it, I loved it too! Instead of just folding origami, I made it into origami art. I made cards and framed art out of the origami models I folded. I love looking for simple models and make repeated patterns out of them into cards or hanging art. In some of the photos shown, I have made some greeting cards from origami.
These cards have been given to friends and family and they loved it for the originality!! Better than your usual Hallmark card!
Angelfish card by me
Origami Books for all ages and levels
An intro to origami for kids.
This book is a consolidation of models to fold with dollar bills.
My son has this book and he loves it!
Kinetic Origami - A new style of origami
This is a new style of origami that I found online recently. It is called kinetic origami. Its all about movement.
This is a video of a new style of Origami.
Many types of origami
There are many different types of origami
o Action origami--It is origami that can be moved like the flapping wings of a crane.
o Wet folding--It is a technique that wets the origami paper to form curves, when the paper dries, it will hold its shape.
o Modular origami--Consists of putting many pieces of identical folded origami into a 3D shape.
o Pureland--A style of origami invented by a British paper folder John Smith that only uses mountain and valley folds.
o Origami tessellations-- In origami tessellations, papers are folded into pleats to connect molecules such as twist folds together in a repeating fashion.
Photo credit by origami wonder how to
Origami models and art made by us!Click thumbnail to view full-size
Favorite Origami Tutorials
Fun website tutorials
- Angelfish origami model by John Montroll
This my favorite Angelfish model designed by John Montroll. Level: Low Intermediate.
- Origami Club
Excellent website for kids! Colorful and plenty of origami tutorials.
- Origami Cat
Easy tutorial for an origami cat by Joe Nakashima
- Origami tutorial for Lotus Flower
This is one the better tutorial for origami lotus flower.
Prettier designs for different models.
Can't forget the case to hold the papers.
Great set for beginners.
Colorful paper for prettier models.