Feb 26, 2011

Kusudama Flower and Pot - New Video

This Kusudama Flower and Pot model is a very fun fold. It is made assembling three kusudama flowers (traditional model), two of them with small variations. This is a very simple idea. I will not be surprised if it already has occurred to someone else before me.


Kusudama Flower and Pot - New Video


Here are the instructions:



For the model in the video, I used the following papers:
  • one 6" (150 mm) square sheet of scrapbook paper, for the pot.
  • one 4" (100 mm) square of green kami, same color on both sides, for the leaves.
  • one 4" (100 mm) square of orange washi, same color on both sides, for the flower.
The kusudama flower on the top can be replaced by other flowers, like a traditional lily. Which other flowers do you think will best complement the pot?

Feb 23, 2011

Contemporary Origami Decorations - Now available through Amazon.com

My book, Contemporary Origami Decorations, is now available through CreateSpace and Amazon.com.

Feb 19, 2011

Contemporary Origami Decorations - New Book Announcement

I'm very happy to announce the release of my self-published, first book, "Contemporary Origami Decorations".

The book is currently available through CreateSpace. In a few days, it will also be available through Amazon.com.

Contemporary Origami Decorations - New Book AnnouncementContemporary Origami Decorations
Beautiful Modular Origami Projects to Enlighten your Life
Authored by Marcela Brina

ISBN-10: 1456593676
ISBN-13: 978-1456593674

Save 10% with CreateSpace discount code: GLT8DDGS. Valid till March 31st, 2011.

Contemporary Origami Decorations contains easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions to fold innovative origami flowers and modular decorations. The book is filled with full-color diagrams and pictures of each model.

Contemporary Origami Decorations is organized in three chapters:
  • Flowers: This chapter contains the instruction to fold flowers that can be used as ornaments, or to construct the modular decorations explained in the last chapter. 
  • Connectors: This chapter contains the instruction to fold the connectors used to join the different flowers.
  • Modular Decorations: This chapter contains the instructions to construct modular decorations by joining the flowers with the connectors. It also has a "Mix and Match" section that will help you create your own decorations.
I'm really excited about this book, and I hope you like it too.

Feb 13, 2011

Valentine's Day Card - New Origami Model and Video

If you haven't prepared your Valentine's Day cards yet, here is a one more last minute idea for a card.

Valentine's Day Card - New Origami Model and Video

Here are the instructions:


The card is made of three pieces of paper: One for the envelope, one for the heart that acts as a lock, and another for the message that goes inside.

For the model in the video, I used the following papers:
  • one 12" (300 mm) square sheet of scrapbook paper with Valentine's motifs for the envelope
  • one 6" (150 mm) of red tant paper for the heart
  • one 5 1/2" (138 mm) square of pink card stock for the message. I printed poem in a letter size sheet of card stock and then cut it to size using craft scissors.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Feb 5, 2011

Heart Flower - New Origami Model and Video

As I mentioned in my previous post, Hearts can be connected in groups of four to create Heart Flowers of beautiful patterns, like the ones in the pictures below:
Heart Flower - New Origami Model and Video

Heart Flower - New Origami Model and Video

This time I thought it would be nice to make a video with the instructions, so I gave it a try. The video contains the instructions to fold a Heart Module, then to connect the four modules into a Heart Flower, and in the last part, it also explains how to fold an individual Heart.


This is my first video, so I hope you like it. Please don't forget to leave me your comments below.