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“Koi” (Design by Michael LaFosse)

“Koi” (Design by Michael LaFosse)

by Ancella on June 6, 2009

in Sea Creatures

Koi (Design by Michael LaFosse)

Koi (Design by Michael LaFosse)

The Koi fish or ‘brocaded carp” (which it literally translates to) are domesticated varieties of the common carp. These are mostly ornamental and used for decorative purposes in ponds and water gardens. Another name for these are ‘Japanese Carp’.

The Koi are generally regarded as symbols of friendship and love and were developed in Japan in the 19th century. Many different colors and designs or patterns have since been developed over the years, with the most common colors being – red, yellow, black, white, blue and even cream.

This origami Koi I have folded, is from the book: Advanced Origami: An Artist’s Guide to Performances in Paper by Michael G. LaFosse. This model is my first try with the wet folding technique and I have come to see that the use of a little water to shape the model goes a long way in enhancing the final result!

I used an 8 ¼” sized square sheet of duo colored paper (animal print) for this model which gave the impression of ‘ fish scales’, too. The final model, when completed, is about 60% of the size of the original paper used.

If you don’t have such printed-paper, you can go ahead and use the solid colored paper itself. Try using colors in which the fish actually exist. You can choose to ‘paint’ the final model so that you have a few ‘splotches’ of reds or blacks or whites on your final model.

Once you have folded the model, you would need to shape it a bit. For this, it is recommended that you use a little water to round the edges of the body of the Koi as well as curve the tail. You can also use a little water to shape the ‘mouth’ and the whiskers or barbells.

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Larry Gould August 24, 2009 at 8:50 PM

Great job! I tried folding LaFosse’s koi tonight – but had a problem with the tail fins. Couldn’t get it to separate into upper and lower tail fins. From the start, the “tail” section was crimped… but how did you separate the crimped tail into two sections? Couldn’t figure it out, his book doesn’t explain it in detail.
thanks, Larry

Ancella August 29, 2009 at 8:13 PM

Thanks Larry! Well, for the tail part, there would be 2 layers of paper stuck in that fold (or what you see as the tail, after the reverse fold (step 17/18) in the book). What I did was simply separate the 2nd or bottom layer (holding the top layer with one hand) and fold it (the bottom layer) in the opposite direction (i.e. downward) from the existing top / tail and shape accordingly.

I hope this helps!

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