Category Archives: Flora & insects

Miyagi Flowers (Design by Ancella Simoes)

Miyagi Flowers (Design by Ancella Simoes)

Miyagi Flowers (Design by Ancella Simoes)

This is a design I came up with from scratch today and am pretty pleased with my first attempt at it. I didn’t expect to make a flower in the end, and was actually experimenting with interlocking units.

These pretty flowers have a star shaped formation at the back (rear view) and are folded from 5 units. Each of these units are overlapped with the next one and then re-folded on the existing creases. Again, these are simple to fold and it took me about 2 minutes for each unit – after I got the folded sequence sorted out, that is.

I have used single side colored Kami paper measuring 3 inches in size for these Miyagi flowers. The overall size of each flower after completion is approx 3 inches across. Again, to make larger flowers, you will have to use larger sized paper to fold the units. You can play around with the paper you choose i.e patterns on the paper to create pretty flowers with colorful patterns on them.

You can folded these units from kami paper, kraft paper, wrapping paper or any other paper of your choice, as long as the paper is not too thick and can ‘hold’ a crease nicely.

Miyagi Flowers (Design by Ancella Simoes)

Miyagi Flowers (Design by Ancella Simoes)

I have named this floral design of mine ‘Miyagi Flowers’ as a remembrance of the people who lost their lives in the devastating earthquake which struck Northern Japan, Friday. My prayers are with the Japanese people at this time and I hope they recover from this soon.

No diagrams exist for these flowers at the moment, but I am sure I will get around to doing them sometime soon.

I hope you like the design and feel free to drop in comments and suggestions.

Christmas Tree (Design by Vladimir Serov)

Christmas Tree (Design by Vladimir Serov)

Christmas Tree (Design by Vladimir Serov)

This is my first try at 3D origami and I must say, it really is time consuming 😛 The original design had about 4 layers of leaves out of which I managed to make 3 layers and then propped the top with a leafy tree topper just to complete the look! 😀

This is a design I came across on the net while browsing for Christmas Origami designs for this season. I think this is the prettiest Origami Christmas tree out there so far.

What paper to use:

You can buy leaf green A4 sized paper at Michaels or any other craft shop you have nearby. Each sheet of A4 sized paper yields around 32 small rectangles which are then folded into units to connect and make a shape. each of the rectangles will measure around 3 inches by 2 inches approx when you cut them out from the A4 sized paper and the triangular units will measure approx 3/4 of an Inch in size.

How to fold the units:

This is my very first model in 3D origami and I found this Instructional video on 3D origami for Beginners very useful. Jewellia explains how to fold the triangular units very nicely and even provides tips in folding.

How to fold the Christmas Tree:

I followed the diagram I found of Vladimir Serov’s Christmas tree and followed it to the mark up until I had to improvise for my laziness and avoid folding the bottom layer of leaves but still make the tree look like a Christmas tree 😀

The number of units and how to connect them are clearly shown in the diagram. I am sure you will find it clear to follow… Vladimir Serov has even explained the diagram to fold the 3D origami star which you can try. The numbers shown for each of the rows in the diagram depict the number of units used to fold that section or row. I found it easy to connect ‘section’ wise rather than following the rows of units.

You can even fold an Angel or a Star as your tree topper!

Mushrooms (Design by Vincent Floderer)

Mushrooms (Design by Vincent Floderer)

Mushrooms (Design by Vincent Floderer)

Sara Adams found this instructional video on YouTube this week and had a post regarding it on her site. Seeing that, I couldn’t resist trying it out myself, since I was amazed by the fact that this model can be ‘crumpled’ into a mushroom in approx 2 to 3 minutes flat!

The result is absolutely stunning as the mushroom looks very life like (if you ignore the fact that its purple in my version :D).

Paper to use:
One would need to use “flexible” paper of medium thickness to create this model. The paper I chose was the plain old ’tissue’ paper which you get in gift shops or in places like Walmart and CVS which have gift wrapping sections. I still have paper remaining from the Cattleya Orchid for which I had bought this color for, so I decided to use sheets from that pack.

Size of the paper:
What I did was, I simply took out a fresh sheet of paper from the tissue pack. This was rectangular in size measuring approx (50.8cm x 66 cm) or (20 in x 2.1 ft). This is the standard measure in which these tissue packs are sold – for use in gift wrapping. As per Sara’s post you can also use a square sheet of paper of 48 cm size. I faced no issues using a rectangular sheet of paper. So I will leave the choice of the paper shape entirely up to you 🙂

How to fold the mushroom:
This particular design uses a technique called ‘crumpling’ in order to give shape and ‘life like’ appearance to objects. Vincent Floderer is famous for using this technique and designing many ingenious models, especially sea creatures.

You can check out the following instructional video by Vincent Floderer himself. I am sure you will find the video easy to follow and will soon be making your very own mushrooms. 🙂

Have a great weekend!

Cattleya Orchid (Design by Michael LaFosse)

Cattleya Orchid (Design by Michael LaFosse)

Cattleya Orchid (Design by Michael LaFosse)

This is an intermediate model taken from Michael G LaFosse’s book – Advanced Origami: An Artist’s Guide to Performances in Paper, which incorates wet folding for the shaping of the petals and the use of tissue paper / crepe paper to enhance the look of the finished model.

This is my first try with this model, and as you will notice there is room for improvement. I used tissue paper (from American greetings), which you normally use for gift-wrapping. This is because of the fact that this model required fine paper or crepe paper to be used to give it the final shape.

This is one of the models in the book for which the final result really depends to a large extent on the manner in which you use your imagination to shape the flower. So with my imagination on a roll, this is what I came up with. 😀

The size of the paper suggested by the author is that it should be twice as wide as it is long. So I started out with a sheet of tissue paper measuring 10” by 20” inches in size. This paper made it very easy to fold the model, but however, when it came to shaping the model, I found that it is too delicate.

The section, which I am not entirely happy with, is the petals (top left and right), which are somehow not shaped as nicely as I would like them to be. Wetting the petals didn’t make it any better as the paper started to crumple up a bit too much. So I had to leave it at that. 😕

I think the next try would be with crepe paper, which is usually used for flower making, in any case! ❗

But overall, this is an ingenious design and the steps in the book are relatively easy to follow. The overall size of the finished orchid is about 7″ inches or so.

Origami Scorpion (Design by Patricia Crawford)

Scorpion (Design by Patricia Crawford)

Scorpion (Design by Patricia Crawford)

This model by Patricia Crawford is from the book – Origami Step by Step, by Robert Harbin. This is a very old edition and most of the designs in it have been improved upon since. However, there are a few designs, which are still captivating, and one of them is the full rigged ship for which Patricia is famous.

Patricia is also known for her intricate and complex folds and this is just one of the designs of hers which incorporates them. The book has a lot more complex designs as well as other really simple ones by other origamists, which are unique and very interesting.

This particular scorpion design is one of the earliest and I daresay that Robert Lang and John Montroll have done a considerable job on improving the design for it. However, since I wanted to try out one of Patricia’s intermediate models before attempting the full rigged ship, I chose to fold this. Also, this is the first model I have folded in the insect / arachnid category. I normally stay away from folding any creatures from the insect world as half of them give me the creeps! 😀

What you need:

You would need a square sheet of paper (preferably dual colored – on both sides) of 8” or more. You can also use foil paper (such as maybe – Color Foil Origami- 18 Sheets 9-3/4 Inch Square) here of an appropriate color. Please bear in mind that the paper you use would need to be as fine as the origami paper you normally get. This is because there are many intricate folds and if a thick paper is used (such as construction paper) it will become difficult and the model will not form well.

I used an animal print origami paper of 8 ¼” size by Tuttle publishing which I had with me. As you can see, the end result is a scorpion of 4” or so. Hence, larger the paper size you choose, the bigger your scorpion.

As with most of Robert Harbin’s books (and as I have heard, too) he chooses to combine multiple folds in a single diagram when depicting the steps in folding intermediate and complex models. What I found tricky in the model depiction, is the section which details out the legs of the scorpion. Folding the scorpion, takes a bit longer because of the time required to understand the combined folds. You will find the steps depicted on pages 55 – 57 in the book.

The end result is pretty cool…. but in no way would I be hooked onto folding more insects or arachnids, I guess. I still have the aversion. 😉