Mar 25, 2012

Origami Rosettes

These beautiful flowers are from Tomoko Fuse's book, Origami Rosettes, ISBN 9784416309131.
Origami Rosettes
I folded each Rosette with an octagon that I cut from a 12" (300 mm) square of scrapbook paper.

Lately, I've been folding a lot with scrapbook paper, particularly for decorative models, as there are a lot of patterns available to choose from.  It's important to select the papers that are relatively thin (not the card stock type). Most of them fold very well, with no cracking, but you need to test them first.

Mar 18, 2012

Origami Decorations: Combining Models

Origami encourages creativity. Even if you do not create your own models, you can exercise your creativity by selecting different papers and colors, combining different models in a display, or finding practical uses for the models.
I usually use flat models to decorate cards and scrapbook pages, or create scenes. Modulars are perfect as hanging ornaments, and some of them can even be used as vases for origami flowers, like this one:
Origami Decorations: Combining Models

The modular in the picture above is called "Ore", and was designed by Toshikazu Kawasaki.  The diagrams are available in his book, Greatest Dream Origami (ISBN 9784255005058). It consists of six units, that are very simple to fold and assemble.
The flower and the leaves are a variation of the traditional lily.
I used 8" (200 mm) squares of coordinating scrapbook paper to fold the models.

Mar 11, 2012

Bicolor Spring Flower - New Video

I folded some Bicolor Spring Flowers in celebration of Spring.
Bicolor Spring Flower - New Video

The Bicolor Spring Flower model is my creation. It is folded from a hexagon, that I cut from a 8" (200 mm) square of duo origami paper.

Here are two videos with the instructions: one showing how to cut a regular hexagon from a square piece of paper, and the other showing how to fold the bicolor spring flower.

I hope you like them!

Mar 4, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Card: Leprechaun and Pot of Gold

In the Irish folklore, there are many stories about leprechauns and their magic powers. Leprechauns are said to be mischievous fairies. They are shoe makers and hide their pots of gold at the end of the rainbow. If ever captured by a human, they will grant three wishes in order to be released.

I wanted to make a St. Patrick's Day card with a leprechaun and its pot of gold. I couldn't find many leprechaun models, so I folded a dwarf and dressed it up a little bit...

St. Patrick's Day Card: Leprechaun and Pot of Gold

In the card, I used the following origami models:
  • Dwarf, designed by Kunihiko Kasahara, from the book The Magic of Origami. The model has two parts: body and cap. I only folded the body, using a 3" (75 mm) square of regular origami paper.
  • Hat (variation), designed by Gay Merrill Gross, from the book Minigami, folded with a 1¾" x  2½" (44mm x 63 mm) rectangle of regular origami paper.
  • Cup, traditional model, folded with a 3" (75 mm) square of regular origami paper.
I printed the rainbow and the greeting on a letter size sheet of card stock, that I cut in half. The rest are paper cuttings and rhinestones.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!