The Art of Origami
Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures. It is an art form that is both fun and challenging at the same time.
I received an origami book for Christmas a few years ago from my sweet friend, Loretta. I love that the book is full of ornament ideas and so appropriately titled: “Ornagami” by Gay Merrill Gross.
I have to admit, I was a little reluctant to give it a try. Mainly, because paint is my main medium in art and I thought paper folding would be boring (did I really say “boring”). 🙂 Plus, reading instructions drives me crazy!!!
However, after giving it a try, it is an art form that I will be practicing on a regular basis. It challenged me in following each step (and carefully reading each step until I understood what to do). I found it to be a very creative process and stimulating for my mind.
The projects are designed for various levels of skill: simple, intermediate and challenging.
I did the Dove at the intermediate level.
Along with the instructions from the book, Ornagami, I have shared my folding step examples with you.
You may need to revert to the visual instructions from the book and read them a few times to get an understanding of the step required for the origami ornament.
Before starting, it is important to know the “Arrows & Symbols” in the origami instructions.
SUPPLIES NEEDED: Paper and scissors (The 8×8 inch paper is included in the book).
STEPS 1 – 5
2.Fold triangle in half (unfold and turn over)
3. & 4. Bringing the right side point to middle and make a pinch and open and fold bottom corners up to top corners
5. Fold side corners to the middle and unfold
6. Inverting right and left corners (see the book visual & explanation)
7. & 8. Mountain-fold and rotate clockwise
12. & 13. Lift tail to upright position and mountain fold
16. & 17. Open wing pockets and complete for use
Wow…even going through the steps for the post was a great exercise for the mind! 🙂
This would be a great project to do with the children in your life. Very little mess and will help them to learn to follow instructions while being creative at the same time.
I hope these photo examples will help give you a step by step visual as you dive into this fascinating art form.
Feel free to share your creations with us on Facebook. I would love to know what you think about this project.
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07/17/2014 @ 1:55 pm
WOW! I need to try this! Thanks for sharing!
07/17/2014 @ 2:00 pm
WOW! This looks like fun! Looking forward to trying this. Thanks for sharing!
07/23/2014 @ 9:34 pm
The next time I see you we will dive into making something! 🙂