Braided Paper (Design by J.C. Nolan) – Happy Birthday America!

Braided Paper (Design by J.C. Nolan)
Happy Birthday America!

I did some folding today – being a holiday and thought of putting something extra in terms of decoration to mark the occasion. It’s a very hot day here, today, and I ended up spending the holiday at home, folding and watching T.V.

This is one of the designs from the book ‘Creating Origami’ which is being re-released this year by J.C. Nolan. It consists of essays and notes on inspirations, designs and diagramming as well as long lost diagrams from Patricia Crawford, Fred Rohm and J.C. Nolan himself.

This re-print was made possible largely due to the online fund backing project initiated by J.C. Nolan a few months ago. It had an overwhelming response and he is now working on getting the books published and sent out to everyone.

Folding J.C. Nolan’s Braided Paper design:
This is a intermediate level design and has a few sinks and pleats involved. The number of steps are 18 in all, and the instructions are clear and detailed. The best paper to use for this design is translucent paper or maybe glassine as you should be able to see the ‘layers’ in the design. The paper I used is translucent paper from Nicolas Terry’s Origami-Shop. In fact, I made use of the samples of paper which he sends with every purchase made. Those come in real handy, I tell you.

Diagrams / Instructions:
The diagrams to this design is available in the book – Creating Origami – but is also available online.

Red, White and Blue stars:
This bit of decoration is quite easy to make and involves, colored paper, scissors and a ruler. I used 3 sheets of paper, each of a color – red, blue and white. These have to be cut into a rectangular shape and then folded as per the instructions.

As I wanted each of these to ‘fit in’ the earlier star cut out, I changed the measurements when cutting out the blue and white rectangles – the white rectangle measures 2 inches less than the red one; the blue rectangle I cut 2 inches less than the white one. This way I was able to cut progressively smaller stars to fit the overall design.

Buddha (Design by Dang Viet Tan)

Buddha (Design by Dang Viet Tan)
Buddha (Design by Dang Viet Tan)

I have been rather lazy in folding these past few months and I always think that I will improve with the coming weekend and get back into the groove. Well there have been many weekends which have gone by and by now, you would know how many models I have actually folded. 😉

Last weekend, however, I picked up the #5 VOG: 50 hours of Origami + and started looking for something to fold – and Dang Viet Tan’s Buddha caught my eye. Looking at it, you would think it would be a ~100 odd step design with numerous complex folds – but this one is different. It takes 2 sheets of paper and the folding sequence is quick and not at all complicated.

Paper to use:
I used 2 sheets of square shaped, duo-colored Tant paper, each measuring 30 cms in size. I chose these 2 colors – yellow and maroon – as I wanted to match the colors / shades of the attire the Buddhist Monks wear. Using tant paper did not give me any problems while folding this model, given the paper’s thickness. I have also seen this model folded with tissue foil paper, so if you are comfortable with using that, you can do so.

Folding Dang Viet Tan’s Buddha:
The folding instructions consists of 2 sequences – 1 each for the Lotus and the Buddha. The instructions are available in #5 VOG: 50 hours of Origami + and you can buy it from Nicolas Terry’s

This is a very interesting design to fold and I am pretty happy with the result.

Origami Baby (Design by Robert J. Lang)

Origami Baby (Design by Robert J. Lang)
Origami Baby (Design by Robert J. Lang)

This is a design by Robert J. Lang from his book – Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art – which was released last year. It is an intermediate model and not all that difficult to fold. It is advisable to fold this model from a slightly larger sheet of paper as your first try , before settling down for a small sheet.

In order to get the color changes for the ‘pamper’ of the baby, you should select a duo colored paper, colored a different shade on either side. Since I did not have such a sheet, I chose a single side colored paper.

Origami Baby (Design by Robert J.Lang)
Origami Baby

Paper to use:
You can use kami, Tissue foil or any paper of your choice. Choose a thin paper as there are a lot of folds involved in the middle of the model – for the body of the baby. There are approximately 40 steps or so in the folding sequence.

How to fold the Origami Baby:
The diagrams for this model are available in Robert Lang’s Origami Design Secrets which you can purchase from or from Nicolas Terry’s

Rabbit (Design by Tai, Hsi-Min)

Rabbit (Design by Tai, Hsi-Min)
Rabbit (Design by Tai, Hsi-Min)

It was last week that Tai, Hsi-Min posted pictures of a really cute little rabbit. The first thing which came to your mind when you saw it was imagining it in a green meadow twitching its nose.

It is designed with a pose similar to that of Robert Lang’s Rabbit but Tai, Hsi-Min’s design can be folded in 40 steps. No details as regards to the paper size and type of paper are indicated on his site, but it sure looks like he has chosen tissue fur to fold the Rabbit.

Paper used:
I, for one, attempted to fold this model using Tissue fur of a pearly white color, duo-colored. I chose tissue fur based paper due to the fact that some amount of shaping was required for the rabbit’s ears, face and back. The size of the paper I used is 15 cms or approx 6 inches, square. I started folding the rabbit with the tissue or shiny side up, so that’s what you see in the accompanying picture.

How to fold the Rabbit:
Tai, Hsi-Min has created and shared clear diagrams on his Flickr account. They are pretty easy to follow and clearly indicate the various folds and that you need to start with the color side facing you (in case you are using a single side colored paper). One thing you have got to be careful with when following the diagrams is the alignment and orientation of the in progress model. The indicators to ‘turn over’ the model whilst folding is missing in some of the diagrams. But then again, its not all that big a deal.

Jo Nakashima has a good instructional video for this model on his YouTube channel, too.

I folded this Rabbit for my husband, whose favorite animal it is, and he wanted it in a shade of white. 🙂