I moved to Brussels, Belgium on work recently and I experienced for the first time a complete lockdown of an entire city. I was amazed at the residents’ response to the tense situation with the kittens and messages on social media. It was a nice gesture to keep people’s minds off the tension and goings on that night. Things are slowly getting back to normal with most commercial establishments, schools etc opening up today. It was the longest weekend, I think and we were only too happy to start getting back to normal.
I spent the time this weekend folding a modular design using the kami paper I still had with me. It was a good way to get my mind off things.
This is a pretty design by Maria Sinayskaya, who is well known for her lovely modular origami designs. This model is pretty here easy to fold, however the assembly is slightly tricky. You have got to be careful with the formations of the stars else you would end up having problems putting it all together. The thing to look for is the pattern of 5 spokes, forming the star all around, and if you keep to this, you will never go wrong in your assembly.
Paper to use:
Wrapping paper or regular kami paper which is single side colored will work perfectly for this model. If you do use wrapping paper, it would be a good idea to select a type which is colored plain or uniformly on one side in a single color and with another color and / or design on the other side. This will make the model much more pleasing to the eye and you can also use this as a Christmas decoration. For my rendition, I have used 30 square sheets of 3 inch kami paper, to fold the model.
How to fold:
Sara Adams has recorded a good instructional video post on folding this model. You can also take a look at her Youtube video here:
Leya Torres of OrigamiSpirit.com posted this rather lovely model a few days ago and I could not resist trying it out this weekend. It is a design by David Mitchell, based on the famous Piet Mondrian painting and with the correct choice of colored paper to fold, one can achieve the same effect.
Leyla demonstrates the folding sequence using 3 colored sheets and this would give you a simple combination of two colors per side of the cube. However, in order to achieve the color combination like in the Mondrian painting, one would need to use a combination of colors and this concept has also been explained in the video, towards the end.
Paper to use:
One can use almost any kind of paper for this model, as long as its thick enough to hold a crease or edge of a cube. I have used regular kami paper measuring 3 inches in size, single side colored. The resulting model is about 2 inches in height, width and length. If you are using single-side colored paper, like I did, you would have to start with the white side facing upwards or towards you.
How to fold the Mondrian Cube:
In her detailed blog post, Leyla Torres has recorded a nice instructional video and also provides tips on folding this model.
I’m back to folding this summer, and I started out with a modular design from our favorite – Tomoko Fuse. Her designs are always interesting and with the right color combinations in paper, one can fold pretty kusudama.
For this particular design, it takes about 3 hours to fold and assemble at moderate pace. The individual units themselves are quite easy to fold, so its a good model to fold for folders with a little experience in folding, too.
Paper to use:
I used regular Kami paper, each of the sheets measuring 3 inches in size. These were 30 square sheets in all and single side colored. One has to start with the white side down in order to have the white color appear in between like shown in the image accompanying this post.
How to Fold the Icosahedron Sonobe:
There are many instructional videos on youtube for this model and the one I referred to and found very helpful is Tadashimori’s Instructional video. His explanations are clear and steps shown are very simple to follow.
Its been a long time since I folded dragons and this time I have attempted Kade Chan’s Fiery Dragon. This is my first attempt and I am quite pleased with it. I plan to fold my second rendition with metallic tissue paper so that it gives a better look when finished.
This model depends a lot on the shaping you do at the end of the folding sequence along with the kind of paper you use to achieve this. Starting with a larger sized paper is always helpful since the folds become a lot easier especially when sinks and rabbit folds are involved.
Paper to Use:
It is best to use pliable, easy to shape paper such as Tissue-Foil paper or Washi which can be easily shaped and bent to give form to the finished model. For my first attempt, I used the commonly found Tracing paper which made folding easier but shaping would be a lot better had I used Washi or tissue-foil paper. The size of the paper was a 26″ square – tracing paper which is very fine, allows for complicated folds without having to worry about the paper tearing off at stress points in the model.
How to Fold the Fiery Dragon: Kade Chan has a wonderful blog, where he shares diagrams, tips as well as instructional videos (of his designs) made by origami enthusiasts all over the world, who have sought his permission for the instructional videos, of course. On his blog, he has shared the photo-diagrams of the finished model, clear diagrams of the folding sequence as well as multiple Instructional videos to help with folding this amazing model.
This model is a lot of fun to fold and is definitely worth the time. It took me 3 days with 3 hours spent per day to finish folding this model.
I folded a kusudama after a very long time and it took me about 4 hours in all to fold and assemble this design. The model itself looks complicated with the layered or frilly look but the individual units are pretty easy to fold once you’ve got the hang of it. I usually do not fold kusudama designs since they are time consuming and monotonous. But this time around, I found this pretty pattern and thought I would give it a try. These Kusudama designs look pretty when hung from a height or can be used as table decoration in the house.
Paper to use:
I have used 30, 3 inch square sheets of single side colored Kami paper to fold the model. I think this is the ideal size of paper to use as larger sized sheets would mean larger ‘edges’ (those half cube structures which you seen in the design) between the folds and this would make the model less compact. It is easier to manage the assembly with the units folded from these smaller sheets, too. You do not require any paperclips or pins to hold the in-progress model together while you assemble it all; you just require patience. One can use wrapping paper or any similar textured paper to fold this model. Tissue paper or extremely fine paper should be avoided.
How to fold the Clover Kusudama: Maria Sinayskaya has diagrammed the folding sequence and also provided links to the instructional video recorded explaining this folding process. Further, she also includes color photographs of the finished model in various paper color combinations to give folders an idea of the kind of paper to use.
I found the video by Jo Nakashima pretty clear and very helpful especially where the assembly process is concerned and therefore I thought I would share it with you all, too. Jo makes the extra effort of cross referencing each step in the diagrammed folding sequence with that of the step in the instructional video, too.