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.
This is my first fold after my vacation and I am really happy to get back into the routine of folding. This is a design which is a modification of Paul Jackson’s cube – it has a ‘dent’ like pocket in the corner of the cube in order to be able to stack them up.
This is fun to fold and quick, too. However, stacking them up requires patience and of course, a flat surface.
Paper to use:
In the instructional video you see below, they use 15cm sized square paper for each unit, with 6 units being required to make 1 cube. What I used instead is 7.5 cm square sheets of Kami (you can also use Post Its) to fold the 6 units making up 1 cube. In this manner, I used 18 sheets to fold 3 cubes. You can fold any number of cubes and the challenge here is to see how many you can actually stack up without having them toppling over! Sounds like fun, eh?