These are books on Origami which I own and which I am hoping will help readers like you, decide to buy.
Even though the Internet provides a vast repository of authorized diagrams and instructional videos dedicated to origami and paper folding, these are some books which provide not only diagrams and color illustrations, but also valuable tips in this art. Note that the images and book references are links to my affiliate account.
I hope you enjoy folding as much as I do!
Amazing Origami – Chen Xiao
This is a book by Chen Xiao has has diagrams to 20 great looking origami designs. The initial pages of the book are dedicated techniques and various origami symbols used throughout the book. However, there is one special section – Improve the Completion of Your Works – which provides insight on proportions and basic structure of models, developing a posture (a good example is the lazy panda in this book), and giving your model ‘flow lines’ like is done in art. The author gives an example of this with the housemaids he modeled in different ‘poses’. There is a series of designs on ‘the little girl’ which results in cute doll like origami. This book has something for everyone – the simple hen for beginners, the goldfish for intermediate folders who are adept with sink folds and the housemaid and bunny girl for expert folders.
Origami Nature Study
This is a terrific book by Shuki Kato and contains diagrams to all of our favorite origami designs from him. Some of these origami models have been published in the Origami Tanteidan (such as the Brachiosauris) but this should not discourage you. There are 16 models to keep you busy from the popular Giraffe to the exquisite bactrian camel. The giraffe itself is super complex with tricky folds and a lengthy folding sequence of 209 steps. The foreword and preface of the book has been written by Robert J. Lang and a nice short introduction by Shuki Kato. One other thing worth mentioning is that the Simple Dragonfly (in this book) was designed by Shuki Kato to wear as a brooch for a wedding! This one has a quick folding sequence, unlike his other model – the complex dragonfly (also included in this book) which has more than 160 steps. Overall, these models are fantastic and if one chooses the right type of paper for it, they will be rewarded with a highly satisfying result. This is a great addition to any origami library!
Naomiki Sato’s Origami Roses
If you are active on Flickr, you would have seen a lovely origami rose design being folded by many folders – single roses, bouquets, as gifts for teacher’s day and wreaths made out of them. These are none other than Naomiki Sato’s Roses and there are quite a few variations of them. He has released a book on these and the diagrams are easy to follow and the designs an absolute joy to fold. The book has around 6 rose designs ranging from buds to full bloom. In addition to roses, Naomiki Sato has also included other floral designs such as the popular Cherry Blossom, Frangipani, amongst others. The diagrams are easy to follow and each of them has a color photograph.
My favorite is the Square Rose – the one which depicts the rose in full bloom. These are fun to fold and gift, too.
Origami Master Class Flowers
This is a book which I had purchased as soon as it was released and it is a part of my origami library now. It has a collection of floral models from various orgamists with detailed diagrams to each. My favorite model in this book is Robert J.Lang’s A Miura-Ken Beauty Rose, which I have tried to fold a couple of times, but I was always never satisfied with the outcome. The book also has a section on the history of paper as well as tips on assembling the flowers i.e. with wire and floral tape. Color photographs accompany each set of diagrams.
The outcome of your folding depends a lot on the type of paper you select to use. For example, I could use regular kami for Toshikazu Kawasaki’s Rose but that will not give me a satisfactory result folding Robert Lang’s Miura-Ken Beauty Rose. Careful attention needs to be paid to shaping and forming the petals of some of the designs.
Overall, this is a good book to add to one’s collection and it has something for every one – from simple to complex designs. My personal favorite from this book is Robert Lang’s A Miura-Ken Beauty Rose.
Origami Rosettes – By Tomoko Fuse
This is yet another book by Tomoko Fuse which is every bit intriguing as the rest of her collection. This book has 41 designs of pretty Rosettes which are truly unique. Every pattern is different and most of the designs start with an octagon. As with this Japanese language book series, the designs range from lower intermediate to complex. The recommended paper size is mostly 18 cms which is then cut into an octagon. The paper used for majority of these rosettes is tissue paper or glassine. A handful are folded in tant.
The book provides the reader with clear instructions on all of the designs and an idea of the kind of paper to use. Colored photographs of the finished model are also included in this book.
This book is great for those of you who want to try something different or are just fans of Tomoko Fuse’s designs.
Update – Feb 2020: This book is no longer available on Amazon or on Origami-Shop.
Tessellations Hortensia Origami – By Shuzo Fujimoto
This is the first book out there which focuses on Shuzo Fujimito’s amazing tessellations. It is a project undertaken by Tomoko Fuse, Satoko Saito and Taiko Niwa who helped bring this book together. There are 29 designs in all and though the book is in Japanese, it becomes easier to follow the steps and technique especially once you have folded one or two from it. The basic arrows and such are the standard so it is not at all difficult, however the technique is what you need to pay attention to.
The well known Hydrangea and Clover tessellation is also included in this book along with many more which require patience and skill. The choice of paper you use here makes a lot of difference.
The easier ones use an 8×8 or an 8×16 grid whereas there are designs requiring a 32×32 or 40×40 grid. With some of these designs you can also make a Kusudama by folding 4 of them and interlocking. These are just ideas presented in the book which adds to the interest of the reader.
There are colored images of the finished tessellations with a variety of paper kinds and this gives the reader an idea of the kinds of paper to fold with.
If you are a fan of tessellations, this is a great book for you and your Origami library.
Origami Sequence – By Quentin Trollip
This is a brand new book by Quentin Trollip, which contains diagrams to some of his great models such as the Clydesdale horse (which also graces the book cover), Orangutan, a majestic Elephant, Rhino, Springbok Gazelle, Gemsbok, and a lot more.
Published this year (2010), the book is 176 pages long, is a hard cover, and has instructions in both – French and English. It is published by Nicolas Terry and contains 21 models with color photographs of the finished models.
Most of the models are categorized as intermediate to complex by the author and suggestions are also made as to the paper size to use, the paper type, (i.e. Kami, Foil and whether wet folding is required) and size of the finished model. Quentin Trollip has encouraged folders to shape their models as per their instinct and ideas. Information on the crease pattern is also provided – each model is accompanied with a crease pattern for reference.
This is a good book for the experienced folder and my personal favorite is the Clydesdale horse which graces the front cover.
Origami Essence – By Román Díaz
This is Román Díaz’s second book and is just as interesting as his other. You will find a lot of models to fold in this book and the range of difficulty ranges from simple to complex, yet again. So there is always something to fold for everyone. Perhaps the most folded model from this book would be the Vixen, which has a sly expression to boot. The legendary Roc is the most highly complex model in this book and it is every bit worth the patience in folding. There are some simple models for the beginner such as the inflatable fish, inflatable piggy, geometric hens, and a pyramid. There are a total of 34 models in this book along with color photographs of the finished models.
Origami Essence has diagrams to a Panda, wren, salmon, simple owl, Penguin, a kingfisher in flight, a wild boar, the acrobatic elephant which was also diagrammed in #1 Origami For Interpretes – Segunda edición, and an excellent rendition of a donkey amongst others.
It would be interesting for you all to know that Roman Diaz, being a qualified veterinarian has got an eye for details on animals which greatly helps in origami design (of animals).
There is also a Bonus download available as a e-booklet containing diagrams to 7 other models which are not included in the book. The bonus models are – Swan, El Malo, a Fox, perspective cranes, a 3D Christmas tree, Pumpkin Face, a snowman, and finally, a toad.
License to Fold – By Nicolas Terry
This is a book containing a collection of models from various origami artists. Also featured in this book is a “secret code” to unlock 12 new diagrams! In this book, for each of the diagrams presented, there is a brief write-up on the origami artist along with the customary paper suggestion, paper dimensions, and size of the finished model. Most of the diagrams range from simple to highly complex such as Nguyen Hung Cuong’s Magnificent Eagle. The diagrams in this book have not been published elsewhere – at least till the date when this book came about. It also has the details to Hoang Trung Thanh’s Swordsman which is among the highly complex models. Crease patterns exist for Nguyen Hung Cuong’s Lucanus Cervus and Seth Friedman’s Kabuto beetle along with interviews of them. This is a great book for your Origami library since it has something for everyone to fold.
Origami For Interpreters – By Román Díaz
This book by Román Díaz is a second edition and has diagrams to 21 models and 4 crease patterns for which color images of the finished model are included. This is the first book by Román Díaz, who is well known for his life like representation of origami work. Included in this book are – a rooster, horse, cat, sparrow, lion’s head, steer, cow’s skull, Canadian goose, puppy, a sperm whale, a panda, a hatching penguin (from an egg), a coyote, a peace dove tiger’s head, crane, his famous secretary bird, an elephant, and a fox terrier. Some of the complex models include the majestic unicorn, the great hippocampus, Tancho Zuru, kiwi and finally, the Barcelona lion. The acrobatic elephant is available in this book as well as the book Origami Essence.
Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995 – 2003 – By Satoshi Kamiya
This book by Satoshi Kamiya is in the Japanese Language and is meant for the experienced, skillful folder. As expected all of the diagrams and crease patterns in this books are complex and the newer editions of this book has instructions in English, too. The crease pattern / diagrams to the famous Hercules beetle, the Yellow Bird, Wizard, the Ancient Dragon and the Mammuthus Primigenius are included in this book. Also included are crisp color images of the finished models. One might not be able to fold all of the designs in this book right away, but with time and practice (and the right paper, of course) it will surely happen!
Origami Design Secrets – By Robert J. Lang
This is a great book for those of you who are accustomed to folding lower intermediate to complex models or designs. It has got loads of designs and techniques and Robert Lang has also described several methods in folding which are “scientific” in nature.
The book has over 500 pages, covers topics, and folding patterns to the following:
a) Folding Instructions to: –
The Stealth Fighter, Snail, Valentine, Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, Baby, Pteranodon, Goatfish, Song Bird I, KNL Dragon, Lizard, Tree Frog, Turtle, Western Pond Turtle, Koi, Pegasus, Emu, Song Bird II, Orchid Blossom, Alamo Stallion, Bull Moose, Black Forest Cuckoo Clock and the African Elephant.
b) Techniques: –
The Splitting points, Grafting, Pattern Grafting, Tiling, Circle Packing, Molecules, Tree Theory, Box Pleating, and the Hybrid Bases.
This book makes a good addition to any library and is a ‘must-have’ if you dabble in origami. The most famous models/designs in this book are the Western Pond turtle, which is known for its intricately patterned shell and the amazing Black Forest Cuckoo Clock, which is beyond imagination. The level of detail, which has been thought of in designing these models, is totally mind blowing.
Origami Skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex
This is an Origami book dedicated to folding the Tyrannosaurus Rex Skeleton. The late Issei Yoshino designed this model and is his legacy. The initial print of this book was in 1993 was in Japanese but that version is now no longer in print.
The Japanese version of the book consists of 2 diagrams – the multi piece skeletal model and a ‘whole’ Trex. The English version of the book was printed in 1992 but this one contains diagrams to only the multi piece Trex skeleton.
The skill level required to fold this model is pretty high as it is a complex model. This is a great book for those who would like to try out multi piece origami models. The Skeleton model requires a total of 21 origami sheets and also a bit of glue possibly to keep the entire model intact.
The books also describe the manner in which to ‘hoist up’ the entire skeleton on a stand, once completed. Overall, this is a great book to add to your Origami library; folding time required for such a multi piece model would span weeks in my opinion, given the nature and complexity of it.
Advanced Origami: An Artist’s Guide to Performances in Paper – By Michael G. LaFosse
This book by Michael G. LaFosse is a good buy especially for those who are interested in shaping their models to add aesthetics. The models in this book range from lower intermediate to complex and dwell more on shaping the final model. This makes it harder as shaping the model to enhance its look and feel is an art by itself and requires a lot of practice. The folds involved in the models themselves are not highly complex, but folders would end up spending hours on shaping their final models.
Each of the designs in this book is accompanied by a color image of the finished model. Michael suggests that one uses his own imagination and shape their final model to the desired outcome. Most notable and popular in this book are the designs on the Origamido butterfly, the Toucan which is a color change model as well as the Squirrel which when shaped properly is almost life-like.
Models for beginners are just one or two and the rest of the designs in this book are pretty intermediate to complex by nature. There is also a section on paper making which adds interest. As you would be aware, Michael LaFosse is famous for his Origamido paper, too, which is the most sought after by origamists around the world.
Origami Tessellations: Awe-inspiring Geometric Designs – By Eric Gjerde
This is a neat book on tessellations by Eric Gjerde and contains pretty and intricate patterns. Designed for those whoa re beginners as well as experienced folders, this book has something for everyone.
It starts off by introducing the readers to various folds in the art of tessellations as well as descriptions on the inspiration for most of the designs in this book. Suggestions on the type of paper to be used as well as the size of it are also mentioned.
Tips on folding and enhancing the look and feel are also provided. Overall this book is a must have for those interested in folding stuff other than modular pieces and objects.
Unit Origami: Multidimensional Transformations – By Tomoko Fuse
This book is for those who love modular origami models. Authored by none other than Tomoko Fuse, this origami book was published in 1990 and contains numerous models based on shapes i.e. the belt series, windowed series, cubes, equilateral triangle, polyhedrons, variations on models explained so far, and various other notes.
This book is real handy for those who love to experiment on folding shapes and is 241 pages long.
Origami from Angelfish to Zen – By Peter Engel
This is a book authored by Peter Angel and was published in 1994. The models in this book range from higher intermediate to complex and therefore aren’t meant for beginner folders. Some of the models covered in this book are: –
Angelfish, butterfly fish, discus fish, hummingbird, kangaroo, giraffe, penguin, dollar – yacht, bowtie, crab, 8 pointed star, valentine, crab, centipede, rattlesnake, octopus, squid, scorpion, alligator, tiger, reindeer, elephant, knight on horseback, and a butterfly.
In addition to models, Peter Engel also has sections on understanding the square shape, materials and tools in origami, history of folding, color photographs to accompany the designs and much more. The models in this book are challenging and sophisticated with a lot of the designs lacking comprehensive explanations, which can get you pretty frustrated. But all in all, this makes a good read for those who love challenges and love experimenting on their own.
Extreme Origami – By Kunihiko Kasahara
This book by Kunihiko Kasahara was published in 2003. It contains 3 chapters of various designs and techniques such as knotting, etc. It also offers tips on using tools, overview of symbols used in the book as well as introductions to various forms explained in the book. The author also suggests the type of paper to use for the models.
I haven’t folded anything from this book as yet, even though some of the models in it are quite interesting.
Kusudama Ball Origami – By Makoto Yamaguchi
This is a book by Makoto Yamaguchi, which contains pretty designs on the Kusudama. Most of these models are simple to lower intermediate and is a great book for those who are interested in modular origami models. Kusudamas make pretty decorations for the home and this book contains diagrams to some of the most popular and fantastic looking designs.
Among the designs in this book are: – the Diana, Comet, Luminous, Neptune, Triangle unit, Tassel, Flower, UFO, Breeze, Elegance, Mercury, Diamond, Dice, Venus, Pluto, Festival, Rhapsody, Shooting star, Starflower, Pansy and the most popular Butterfly and Morning Dew.
Home Decorating with Origami – By Tomoko Fuse
This is a book by Tomoko Fuse, which was published in 2000. It contains simple to lower intermediate models which are ‘practical’ in nature i.e. which can be used as a household item in itself. The book starts of with a brief overview of the symbols and notations used throughout the book followed by the various models. Among the models in this book are:
Cards and letter holders with various designs on it, chopstick cases, flower vases, chopstick rests, twinkling stars of various patterns which is great for Christmas time, cake boxes, packages and much more.
The diagrams are pretty clear and are accompanied with color photographs of the finished model.
Origami Sea Life – by John Montroll and Robert J. Lang
This book has been rated as one of the best books for all origamists…as it has something for everyone – beginners, intermediate folders and complex models. However, this cannot be used as a basic book to start off with, that is. John Montroll and Robert Lang have taken the pains of showcasing their designs and explaining in detail in the form of diagrams the steps to fold some of the most pretty and intriguing sea creatures in this world.
The book has 38 designs to choose from out of which 3 are extremely simple in nature, 15 intermediate, 13 complex and 7 are very complex by nature.
However, there are very few designs for beginners and therefore its a good idea to buy this book if you have a bit of experience in origami as most of the pretty designs are intermediate to complex in nature.
The book contains instructions to fold a tadpole, a tadpole with hind legs, a froglet, a frog, a walrus, sperm whale, humpback whale, killer whale, dolphin, giant clam, hawk-wing conch, spider conch, murex, chambered nautilus shell, cuttlefish, seahorse, carp, brill, ocean sunfish, triggerfish, angelfish, goldfish, cichlid, sailfish, barracuda, blue shark, angler fish, black-devil angler, lionfish, starfish, sand dollar, Atlantic purple sea urchin, bay barnacle, horseshoe crab, hermit crab, blue crab, fiddler crab and the American lobster.
Mythological Creatures and the Chinese Zodiac in Origami – by John Montroll
This is yet another book by John Montroll and encompasses fantasy creatures with other animals. John Montroll’s designs are of an intermediate level in this book, though there are a couple of designs here, which would fall in the simple category (such as the spade, diamond, club and heart).
I have folded a few models from this book and have found the diagrams and instructions really easy to follow. One must be aware though, that a slightly larger sized square sheet of paper is required to fold any of these models. A size of 8” or more will do just fine. This is because most of the folds are intricate especially when it comes to folding the feet and ears, etc of the animals and with a smaller sized paper it will be really difficult to do so.
Montroll has clearly marked the designs as per complexity levels and has included some ingenious ones such as the cereberus, Pegasus, griffin, sea serpent, chimera, wyvern, centaur, unicorn and 3 headed dragon amongst the Mythological creatures. The animals comprising the Chinese zodiac are – rat, ox, tiger, snake, rabbit, rooster, boar, dog, Chinese dragon, monkey, ram and horse.
As you can imagine the mythological creatures are more complicated to fold than the zodiac animals. However, this book is a great one to have in your library and has imaginative and captivating designs to fold.
Fabulous Origami Boxes – by Tomoko Fuse
Tomoko Fuse has come up with delicate and pretty patterns for origami boxes in this book. These make good gifts for friends and family and one can also tweak the designs a bit to in corporate your own, especially the decoration of the box. This book has better designs and illustrations than her previous book on origami boxes – Origami Boxes, published in 1989.
The size of the completed boxes depends on the size of the papers you use. In most of the cases square sheets of paper have been used for folding. Fuse has improved upon her 1989 published book designs in this particular book – Fabulous Origami boxes – and has also added many more to it.
The designs included in this book are:
Basic designs for triangular boxes, hexagonal boxes, square boxes and octagonal boxes; variations to decorating the lids or covers of these boxes with cranes, irises, lilies, Bouvardia, hearts, butterflies and rabbits. Other designs from her older book such as nested boxes, twin stars and vortexes are also included.
The complexity of folds range from simple to lower intermediate levels; as you would’ve correctly guessed by now, the delicate designs with flowers and animals would be more complicated to fold than the simple or plain boxes.
This book can be used by all, no matter what the level of experience in Origami.
Origami Step-by-step – by Robert Harbin
This is an extremely old edition of an origami book and I daresay most of the models depicted in it have been improved upon in the recent years. The designs in this book are mostly the collection of Patricia Crawford who is known for her intricate and sometimes complex folds. Again, this book is not really for the greenhorns and origamists should be experienced; there are a few designs in the very beginning of this book, which are simple and easy. But as you progress through the book, the level of complexity increases.
The symbols used are based on those by Akira Yoshizawa and you should familiarize yourself with these before attempting any design from this book. From this book, I love the ‘scorpion’ and the ‘full rigged ship’ the best. These are ingenious and really look great when completed. Designs like the unicorn and the kangaroo have been improved upon and can be folded from John Montroll’s books instead of this one.
The full rigged ship or the ‘crawfordian’ ship as it is called, is a classic and can be found in almost every origamists collection. The diagrams in the book are clear and if followed exactly ‘step-by-step’, can produce amazing results.
Animal Origami for the Enthusiast – by John Montroll
This book by John Montroll contains designs, which are intermediate to complex in nature, for experienced folders. This particular book reminds me of a “best of” volume as it has designs from most of his other books such as dinosaurs, sea creatures, insects and other animals. All of these designs can be folded form a single square sheet of origami paper.
As with his other books, too, Montroll first introduces the reader to various preliminary folds or bases, which he has used throughout the book. The symbols, which are used in the book, are the most commonly used ones and are easy to follow.
It is better to use solid colored origami (double-sided) for John Montroll’s models. This is because if a single side colored paper is used the white or blank side tends to ‘stick out’ in areas like the legs of animals, ears, claws, etc. This then tends to spoil the overall look of the completed model. John Montroll has covered designs for the angelfish, seal, walrus, starfish, crane, swan, eagle, owl, t-rex, brontosaurus, snake, turtle, frog, bear, kangaroo, giraffe, fox, elephant, antelope, spider, crab, lobster, ornament and a simple star.
Floral Origami Globes – by Tomoko Fuse
This is a good modular origami book if you prefer pretty designs and intriguing patterns. As you would notice, Tomoko Fuse is known for her exquisite patterns using simple origami paper giving the completed models a complex feel and look. With a good eye for color combinations and intricate designs, this book transforms the even the most plain paper and extra wrapping paper that you might have at home into something absolutely fabulous.
Most of Tomoko Fuse’s designs require at least 20 to 30 units to be folded in a uniform manner. This while making it tedious and ‘boring’ for some can be really fascinating for others as one can really play around with the color combinations. The challenge in Fuse’s designs is not the folding, but the assembling!
This book covers flat units, type I base units such as wedges and bows, type II base units such as ruffles, rolled pockets and petals, type III base units rhombic patterns, curls and curves; and lastly type II bases and type III units which consist of parallelograms, triangle pockets, corner pockets, etc.
These groups increase in complexity as you progress through the book. I think this is one of the best modular origami books by Tomoko Fuse. I guess the only other one, which is in stiff competition with this, is the Unit Origami: Multidimensional Transformations, also by her.
As in all her books, the precise measure of the paper to be used is clearly mentioned and the diagrams are clear and precise. For the curler units depicted in the book, once can use the aid of a toothpick or something fine on those lines to curl the edges. Assembling the units would require the use of paperclips or pins to hold the units in place till you are done with the complete assembly.
Brilliant Origami – by David Brill
This is a good book to have and contains a variety of unique and challenging designs by the well-known origamists – David Brill. The designs are intermediate to complex in nature and spans animals, birds, ‘group’ origami, objects like miniature books, matchboxes, cigarettes, as well as a few modular designs inspired by Tomoko Fuse and origami boxes.
This is one book I have come across which contains a little of everything. The designs for the group origami like oarsmen, foxhunts etc are a real treat to the eyes and are very challenging. The diagrams are quite clear and precise but let me warn you that this is no book for the greenhorns.
Brill has followed the conventional symbols used by Akira Yoshizawa and which Robert Harbin pioneered in the west. You will find that most of the books by the well-known origamists use familiar symbols such as these. Brill has also provided notes on the size of the paper and its measurements in terms of inches and centimeters. His designs make use of A4 size, squares as well as other sizes of paper and he has taken the trouble of explaining the different sizes, conversion and measure in a separate section altogether.
Origami Zoo: An Amazing collection of folded paper animals – By Robert J. Lang & Stephen Weiss
This origami book is aimed at Lower Intermediate to Complex Origamists. It contains instructions for a wide variety of animals and can keep a person occupied for hours at end!
The authors first go about explaining the different kinds of folds and techniques used in the book, such as the squash old, open and closed sink, ‘waterbomb’ and other bases as well as numerous other folds and symbols used throughout the book.
The book has instructions to fold the following animals:
Dolphins, Penguins,Swan, fish, gorilla, scottie, frog, lion, duck, sea turtle, roadrunner, collie, kangaroo, squirrel, skunk, panda, fox, Irish setter, alligator, pegasus, camel, mouse, wooly mammoth, dog in a doghouse, bear, golden eagle, desert tortoise, rabbit, giraffe, horsefly, black widow, reindeer, butterfly, praying mantis and a crab.
The type of paper which can be used as well as how to use the book / instructions is clearly mentioned and is a lot of help. This is a good book to have in your origami library and is authored by some of the most popular Origamists today.
PREHISTORIC ORIGAMI: Dinosaurs & Other Creatures – By John Montroll
This origami book explains how to fold various kinds of Dinosaurs. All folds and instructions are clearly explained and or depicted which makes it easy to understand and follow.
The kind of paper to be used in folding these models can be the your usual solid colored origami paper. However, it is advisable to use paper which is dual colored i.e. sheets of paper colored on both sides. This enables the dinosaur model to be colored evenly without having any ‘white patches or folds’ visible.
The size of the paper you can use can vary from 6” (if you like mini models) or larger sized ones of 9” or so.
Also explained in the book is the technique of “Wet Folding” which can be used in your Dinosaur models. This is a technique of applying water to your paper so as to soften it during the folding process. Once done, you can make beautiful models, which require curves and intricate creases which would have been difficult otherwise. When the paper dries up, the models (and the folds) retain their shape, making them quite sturdy.
The Dinosaurs models explained (folding instructions) in this book are:
Mountains and Volcanoes, a cracked dinosaur egg, prehistoric trees, Parasaurolophus, Struthiomimus, Kuehneosaurus, Archaeoptryx, Pterodactylus, Quetzalcoatlus, Rhamphorynchus, Pteranodon, Elasmosaurus, Tanystropheus, Apatosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Dimetrodon, Sptnosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, Hadrosaurus, Iguanodon, Protoceratops, Triceratops and the Stegosaurus.
ORIGAMI FLOWERS – By Hiromi Hiyashi
This Origami book is one of the better explained and easy to follow ones available on Amazon.com and other bookstores.
It has an amazing collection of illustrations along with flower arrangement ideas. The author has certainly taken the pains to get all this material together, and all diagrams therein are clear and concise.
The book helps explain the instructions for the following kinds of flowers:
A Rose (Single layer, Double layer), hyacinth, stock, tulip, carnation, violet, pansy, narcissus, dokudami, cineraria, polyanthus primrose, gerbera, zinnia, Japanese iris, hollyhock, hydrangea / lace cap hydrangea, blue star, morning glory, begonia, sunflower, dahlia, clematis, lily, cynbidium orchid, spray mum, cornflower / chrysanthemum, cosmos, balloon flower and the cyclamen.
Also included in this book is the definition and explanation of the various origami Symbols and folds used, the basic shapes (bases) from which these flowers are folded from, and as a much needed bonus, a stencil of leaves matching each of the floral models.
These stencils make life easier in tracing and cutting out paper to match the flowers in order to give your flowers a realistic look.
One idea here for the ‘ideal floral look’ is to use ‘washi’ paper which is a special type of Japanese paper or ‘crepe’ paper, which is like tissue paper for crafts. The idea is to use a kind of paper, which is soft and easy to fold.
These flower models require glue, and flower wire and tape (for the stems). Scissors to cut out the paper for your leaves and flowers is also required. Keep a set of crayons or felt pens / markers handy. You can use these to ‘add color and patterns’ to your flowers.
KUSUDAMA ORIGAMI – By Tomoko Fuse
The author – Tomoko Fuse – takes the reader on a step by step journey, in folding various kusudamas. True, that all models don’t involve “pure” folding origami, but nonetheless, it has many enchanting models which you can fold.
From simple basic 3D squares to more complex Rhombic models in the gemometry themed section, to intricate patterns of lillies, this book details each fold thoroughly. The centre of attraction in the book is the “Sea Urchin“…..which is an intriguing Origami model. By manipulating the kind of paper you use, one can create an exquisite selection of kusudamas which will amaze everyone!
To help the reader get started, the author explains how to fold a pretty Butterfly Ornament and Bobbin Ornament.
The Contents include directions and Color Illustrations of the following:- Chrysanthemum Kusudama & it’s variations, Clustered Flowers, Dice assembly, Stoppers, Hydrangea (3 varieties), Lantern, Rhombic assemblies, Handball of Gigantem, Handball of bellflower, Bouquet of Lily, Bouquet of Primula, and the Sea Urchin.
The Sea Urchin, Lillies, etc requires the folder to bring the units together in the globe using thread and a needle. This book can be used as a first step to the more advanced “Floral Origami Globes, By Tomoko Fuse” which I am yet to get my hands on.
ORIGAMI – By Hideaki Sakata
This book is a good start for those who just hopped on the Origami Bandwagon. It details out the various and most commonly used bases as well as provides tips on how to read diagrams and create neat accurate folds.
The bases covered in this book are the:- Crane Base (or commonly known as ‘Bird Base’), Rabbit Base, Pinwheel Base, Kabuto Base, Yakko Base, Balloon Base, Organ Base, and the Fish Base.
For the beginners, there are diagrams to fold birds – cranes, swan and doves – fish, seals, whales, boats, rabbits, etc. For the slightly more experienced folders, they can try folding lilies, Iris’, Cicadas and trying their hands on a simple kusudama.
The basic origami techniques are also detailed out in this book, by Hideaki Sakata, and are all accompanied by clear diagrams.