Oct 30, 2011

Turkey - New Origami Model and Video

The Holiday Season is almost here... Let's put ourselves in a Thanksgiving mood by folding this turkey.
Turkey - New Origami Model and Video
The turkey is my design. The turkey consists of two pieces of paper. The tail is the same "3 Pajaritas" module that is used in the model Passion Flower, with minor modifications.
I like to fold this model with paper that is the same color on both sides.
The model in the picture was folded with 6" (150 mm) squares of Japanese Tant Origami Paper- 12 Shades of Yellow 6 Inch Square. In the "3 Pajaritas" video instructions I used 6" (150 mm) of regular origami paper, and in the Turkey video instructions I used 9" (225 mm) squares of Pacon Paper Squares.

Here are the video instructions for both the 3 Pajaritas module and the Turkey:

I hope you like it!

Oct 23, 2011

WOD - World Origami Days Celebration

World Origami Days are held each year from October 24 to November 11. It's a 2-1/2 week celebration of the international community of origami that has the goal of making origami as visible as possible to the world.
October 24 is the birthday of Lillian Oppenheimer (1898-1992), who founded the first origami group in America, and November 11 is Origami Day in Japan, where the paper crane has become a symbol of peace.
You can find more information about World Origami Days at the Origami USA website.

Our local origami group, OH! Origami Houston!, will be celebrating World Origami Days by sharing the joy of Origami with the library patrons.  We will be teaching some very simple models for an hour, 3 - 4 PM, during our regularly scheduled meeting on November 5th, 2011, at the Freed- Montrose Library (4100 Montrose, Houston, Texas).
As part of the celebration, we set up an origami display, in the glass case located in the library entrance:
WOD - World Origami Days Celebration
WOD - World Origami Days Celebration
Sue Ann, another member of OH!, and I had a lot of fun setting up the display.
WOD - World Origami Days Celebration
Sue Ann (left), Marcela (me)(right)
We look forward to see you there!

Oct 16, 2011

Papirolandia, by Fernando Gilgado Gómez

I recently bought Papirolandia 1 and Papirolandia 2 by Fernando Gilgado Gómez.
I like those books a lot. His models have a great sense of humor and make an intelligent use of the color in both sides of the paper.

Papirolandia could be translated as "Paperland" or "Origamiland". The books introduce all the characters that live in this world made of paper. Here are some of them:

Papirolandia, by Fernando Gilgado Gómez

Árbol (Tree), created by Fernando Gilgado Gómez, from the book Papirolandia 1, folded with a 14" (350 mm) square of duo origami paper (Double-Sided Origami Papers 35x35 cm - 35 sheets).
Luna (Moon), created by Fernando Gilgado Gómez, from the book Papirolandia 2, folded with a 6" (150mm) square of regular origami paper.
Friki asustado (Frightened Friki), created by Fernando Gilgado Gómez, from the book Papirolandia 2, folded with a 6" (150 mm) square of regular origami paper.

I made the background with a 12" (300 mm) square of blue cardstock,  that I decorated with cardstock scraps, simple origami flowers and stickers.

I'm now waiting for Papirolandia 3. I hope that it'll be as much fun as the other two books!

Oct 8, 2011

Halloween Decorations: Origami Wreath

Origami wreaths are very nice decorations for every Holliday. This is the one I made for Halloween.

Halloween Decorations: Origami Wreath

The ring is a Tomoko Fuse's design. The name of the model is "Ring 2", and is available in her book Origami Rings & Wreaths.
I folded the ring with 8 squares of 12" (300 mm) Strathmore Colored Art Paper. The diameter of the wreath is approximately 16 ¼" (413 mm),  a nice size for hanging it on the door.
As decorations, I used the models that I described in my two previous posts. You can find more details about them by clicking here (flower) and here (ghosts).

Happy Halloween!

Oct 1, 2011

Halloween Decorations: Three Ghosts

These three ghosts will make great Halloween decorations! They will look cute and spooky on your walls and windows (especially if you use fluorescent origami paper!).
They are very easy and fun to fold. The ghosts can also be given as favors or become a funny folding activity in a Halloween party. They fold flat, so they are great decorations for scrapbook pages too.

Halloween Decorations: Three Ghosts

I folded the ghosts with 6"(150 mm) white origami paper, and made the faces with black cardboard cuttings. Copy paper and markers will work great too.

These are the details of the models:
Boo! Have fun!