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.
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.
Enjoy the Happy Made,