Orangutan (Design by Quentin Trollip)

Orangutan (Design by Quentin Trollip)
Orangutan (Design by Quentin Trollip)

For this weekend, I went back to selecting a model from Quentin Trollip’s Origami Sequence. I chose the Orangutan, this time, as I still haven’t stocked up on tissue foil paper as yet. I went with Tant, but found out that the paper got too thick to fold in the last 10 steps or so, where the actual shaping is required.

This is a complex model and has around 120 steps in the folding process. To top it all, it has 2 Elias Stretches and at least 2 sinks (Open and Closed variety) which adds to the challenge. I would’ve enjoyed folding it a lot more had I kept to the author’s – Quentin Trollp – suggestion of using foil which would have made it a lot easier to fold towards the end. At least, it would have kept me from worrying about the paper tearing up. 🙂

To fold this mode, I used a 35 cm square sheet of duo colored Tant paper (brown on both sides). The pre-creasing is a lot of fun, along with the initial collapsing.

Orangutan 1 (Design by Quentin Trollip)
Orangutan 1 (Design by Quentin Trollip)

This model took me a lot of time to fold (much more than the 90 minutes set in the book anyway) because I got stumped numerous times, especially on the Elias stretches involved in the folds. I daresay, it would have been a lot easier and stress free (on the paper) if I had to fold with tissue foil itself.

One thing to be noted is that the overall size of the model when completed is about 5 inches in size (vertical). The book does mention to start off with paper measuring 50 cm in size. But I decided to try with a 35 cm square since I had stock of that variety.

Have a great week ahead…I’m sure most of you are looking forward to the short work week up ahead, with the long Thanksgiving break at the end. 😉

Where to buy special Origami paper

I guess this is one of the most frequently asked questions after the size of the paper used to fold any origami model. With new and more complex (or should I say intricate?) origami models being designed these days, it is not a wonder that most of us are fumbling with the kind of paper to use.

Lokta / Unryu Paper:

Lokta are handmade from the inner bark of the bush and are made in the Himalayan mountain region. The Lotka paper is very strong, and is an incredible eco-friendly choice. It is made in Nepal and makes a good choice for paper folding. I have never folded anything from Lokta myself, though I have used Unryu.

Unryu paper is also known as Mulberry paper or rice paper and has a characteristic of fiber strands which add to the contrast (in color) and texture.

I have come across the mention of Paper Source as a good online store (here in USA, at least) for both – Lokta and Unryu, as well as a variety of Japanese and Asian papers. You get these in a patterned / printed as well as plain / solid colored form as far as I saw on their website. The size of papers is mostly 20 x 30 inches. They do have a smaller sized collection of papers, too. This store also has a variety of craft ideas, gifts, and projects that can keep you occupied 🙂

Another place to buy Unryu paper from is Origami-Shop itself. They have a collection pack – Pack Unryu Tissue Papers – 9 sheets 40×40 cm – as well as sell these in single colors.

The store Mulberry Paper and More has a good selection of papers – Lokta, Mulberry and Unryu to choose from, too. You can browse through them here.

Tissue Foil:

Pack Tissue-foil Papers - 20 sheets - 30x30cm (11.8

Origami-Shop offers a good selection of tissue foil paper in varying sizes and you can make your choice based on the size you want and the color. They also have a pack collection in which you will get a variety of colors to use – Pack Tissue-foil Papers – 20 sheets – 30x30cm (11.8″x11.8″). You can also select sheets of only a certain color such as Copper or Gold and these are sold separately on the site. You can check them out on under the Paper category / section.

Tant paper is a good selection for intermediate models, too. These can be wet folded and are used to fold a wide variety of models. For those of you who would like to purchase from stores in the USA, please visit Kim’s Crane Tant Collection. They have a good selection of Tant papers and some of the paper packs are exactly the same as that sold in Origami-Shop. You can also purchase specific colors as per my understanding.

Origami-Shop offers the rare pack / collection – Pack Tant 35x35cm — 10 colors — 100 sheets – along with packs of other color shades / hues which are available on the site.

Elephant Hide:

I, myself, have never used elephant hide for folding but from the amazing pictures I see on Flickr, these papers make awesome Tessellations. In USA, you can purchase Elephant Hide paper from Kim’s Crane, yet again. This store has a wide variety of shades / colors and sizes to choose from. Again buying sheets of specific colors is possible. Do check these out at Kim’s Crane Elephant Hide collection.

Foil Paper:

Foil paper 35x35 cm - 12 colors - 24 sheets

These papers are metallic and though they hold creases pretty well, they are not accommodating on errors in folding. Once creased in place, the paper will continue to maintain the marking of a crease even after you have straightened it out. Hence, this paper should be used for those models, which you are well experienced in and probably in which crease errors such as these will not make a big deal (I can’t think of such a model except in the case of a few modular pieces, I suppose). Further, these have a strong shine on the surface, which does not make the overall origami design appealing – especially if the model you have folded is an animal with intricate features.

You can purchase this paper at most origami and craft shops these days. They are mostly single side colored and come in smaller sizes. Origami-Shop has a good selection of foil paper on their site such as the Foil paper 35×35 cm – 12 colors – 24 sheets.

You can also purchase Foil paper at Kim’s Crane this is for those of you residing in USA.

Test Sheets / Tracing paper for test folds:

Test sheets - White - 40x40 cm (15.7

We’ve all been here – not wanting to “waste” our prized paper which we bought from a fancy shop not long ago on folding a slightly complex model which we know has a high tendency of landing up as a crumpled piece of paper in the waste bin.

You can buy regular tracing paper from Michaels or any other stores, which has these rolls available. At times, you can also use copy paper, but the thickness of this paper really limits their use for complicated origami designs.

If you would like something fancier, Origami-Shop has a selection of test sheets, which are available for sale. You can select from their Test sheets – White – 40×40 cm (15.7″x15.7″) – 60g/m² (50 sheets) or their Test sheets – White – 20×20 cm 60g/m². They also have these in 22×22 cm and in a light yellow shade.

Kraft paper:

I usually buy a roll of kraft paper from Michaels. This is a craft store which is located all over USA (at least it looks like that to me!). They have tissue paper (for regular gift wrapping), Kraft paper that you get in a variety of colors at times as well as regular Kami paper and Origami Kits for those who are interested.

I hope this post helps you in your paper choices and sources!

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.