Unicorn (Design by Román Díaz)

Unicorn (Design by Román Díaz)
Unicorn (Design by Román Díaz)

This is one model which has been lying unfinished for months… so this weekend I thought I’d finish the folding sequence and see how my rendition would come out. I found this model a bit difficult to fold, to tell you honestly, and I had to thrice re-open the model entirely during my folding!

What drew me to fold this model in the first place is the mane – I really liked the way the mane of the unicorn is shaped to give it a majestic look. I wanted to fold this model in white paper to maintain the ‘pure’ look a unicorn has, hence the selection of white duo-colored tant paper.

This design has a lot of sinks, rabbit ears and an unheard of (at least for me) – a hidden ‘gusset’ which had me looking up the meaning and technique online. With 81 steps in all, this model is complex and is meant for experienced folders. The shaping of the mane, tail and the body requires wet folding and a lot of patience. 🙂

Paper to use:
I have folded my rendition of the model in Tant paper measuring 35 cms in size – square, colored white on both sides. This model is complex by nature and requires shaping – especially for the mane. The folds involved in folding this model are sinks, reverse folds, rabbit ears and a hidden gusset.

Unicorn (Design by Román Díaz)
Unicorn (Design by Román Díaz) - Another View

How to fold this model:
The diagrams to this model are available in Román Díaz’s book – #3 Origami Essence – which is available at Nicolas Terry’s Origami Shop. This book has a lot of models which are really pretty and varied and a lot of them have color changes incorporated which makes it looks really great.

This is my first fold of this model and I am quite content with the result especially since I got stuck in the course of the folding sequence many times.

Buho / Owl (Design by Román Díaz)

Buho / Owl (Design by Román Díaz)
Buho / Owl (Design by Román Díaz)

I was in the mood of folding something with color changes involved and since I had the brown and yellow duo-colored paper (Kami) still available in the pack, I decided to go back to the books and pick out a design from there.

Román Díaz’s Owl is really pretty to look at once completed and is not all that complicated to fold, either. In his book – #3 Origami Essence – he mentions that a paper size of 30 cms is required and the model should be wet folded. I for one did not wet fold my rendition simply because I chose to fold mine with Kami paper instead of the suggested tant.

Paper to use:
I think you should be able to fold this model with paper slightly less than 30 cms, too. But for the effect, it should be duo colored / white on one side. You can also use unryu and tant paper combination for this model and then wet fold it at the end. Its a level 3 model as per his book – on the order of complexity.

Buho / Owl (Design by Román Díaz)

This model is 3D by nature, so towards the end of the folding sequence, it will not lie flat on the surface. There are crimps, rabbit ears and shaping involved in the folding process. It is a great design to fold, as with all of Román Díaz’s designs.

The diagrams to this model are only available in Román Díaz’s book #3 Origami Essence and it is well worth buying especially if you enjoy folding animals. There are models which are simple to fold within the book as well as complex, so pretty much, it has something for everyone.

Vixen (Design by Román Díaz)

Vixen (Roman Diaz)
Vixen (Roman Diaz)

This is yet another model from the book – Origami Essence, by Román Díaz; the finished model is absolutely great, and the expression on the Vixen’s face is priceless. Very few Origami designs have such an outcome. This book has a lot of interesting models to choose from and with the right kind of paper will make a great result.

'Vixen' from the book - Origami Essence
'Vixen' from the book - Origami Essence

This model is categorized as Level 3 in the book, with Level 1 being the least complicated and Level 5, highly complex. The suggested paper to use for this model is Tant paper, painted red on a side and white on the other to take advantage of the color changing involved. You can also use Kami paper of as in my case, tissue foil for this model. As per the book, the size of the final model is around 0.4 of the size of the paper you have started with.

This model makes used of the duo-colored paper to form the color changing face, chest and tail.

Paper to use:
I made use of a 20 cm square sheet of tissue foil paper which I bought from the Origami-Shop.com site. The book suggests a paper size of 25 cm to start off with.

How to fold this model:
Sara Adams has recorded a great instructional video on folding this particular model. For your easy reference, I am also embedding the video below:

If you do like this model and enjoy Román Díaz’s work, please do buy the book – #3 Origami Essence – I am sure you will like it a lot and will enjoy folding the models in it. This has certainly become one of my favorite books now and am looking forward to folding more models from it.

Wild Boar / Jabali (Design by Román Díaz)

Wild Boar (Design by Roman Diaz)
Wild Boar (Design by Roman Diaz)

This is the second model I have chosen to fold from Roman Diaz’s Origami Essence. This is my first fold from Tant paper. I like the overall ‘feel’ the model has due to the inherent texture of this paper. I have actually gone ahead and ordered a larger pack of this type of paper as I really liked it.

Paper used:
I have used a 6 inch square sheet of Tant paper, in this case. You can also give it a try with traditional Kami or kraft paper, too. In the book, it has been suggested that a paper size of 22 cm be used for this model. Also, the finished model will end up being 0.33 the size of the paper size you started out with. This is designated as a Level 3 model in the scale of complexity in this book with Level 5 being the most complex. Ideally, the paper used should be colored white on one side in order to give the ‘tusks’ of the boar a color change (white). However, I did not have this paper available, so I have a uniform colored model.

How to fold this model:
There is no instructional video available for this model, as I write this post. However, the instructions are available in the book #3 Origami Essence. There are 57 steps involved in folding this model, and this includes the touch up for shaping.

Donkey (Design by Román Díaz)

Donkey (Design by Roman Diaz)
Donkey (Design by Roman Diaz)

This is my second fold from Kraft paper lined with tissue paper on one side to take advantage of the color change. This is my first model from the book – #3 Origami Essence – which I bought from Nicholas Terry’s shop.

Donkey 2(Design by Roman Diaz)
Donkey 2(Design by Roman Diaz)

My first fold was from a 6 inch square sheet of Kami and this turned out to be very small. My second fold (pictured above) is from a much larger sheet of paper measuring 10 inches in size. Its a green color paper I used, as thats what I had readily available with me. I am yet to receive my Tant paper package from Origami-shop. So I had to make do with what I had at home.

This model is categorized as level 3 (out of a total of 5 levels, 5 being the most complex) in the book and has a suggested paper size of 35 cm. One can either dry or wet fold this model and the author – Roman Diaz – has suggested Tant paper, painted white on one side for the color change. The final size would be 0.27 of the paper size used.

The model has 50 steps involved and these include the steps for the final shaping. The only steps which are slightly complicated at the 2 open sink folds in the middle of the folding process. Once you are past this sinks, every other step is quite a breeze to get by. The steps are explained clearly and color changes are clearly depicted. Almost every fold has a reference point, so it becomes really easy to follow and figure out.