Buddha (Design by Dang Viet Tan)

Buddha
Buddha (Design by Dang Viet Tan)

 

This is my second attempt at folding this amazing model as a gift to one of my good friends here in Chicago, this year. My initial attempt was made using tant paper and you can see the outcome of the folding here. However, this time, I thought I would fold the model using Metallic Tissue Foil paper which I purchased on Nicolas Terry’s Pack Tissue-foil Papers – 20 sheets – 30x30cm (11.8″x11.8″)“.

Folding Buddha with this Metallic Foil paper is much better and the overall look and feel post completion is very good, too. I like the texture of the paper and in the right kind of lighting, this model looks really very pretty.

Paper to Use:
You can give this model a try with paper which is easily shaped. I personally found Tissue Foil much better than Tant paper. Regular kami will not give you the desired look and feel once you are done with the folding. Make sure you have few pins or paper clips handy to keep the lotus formation in shape. I found paperclips to be most helpful in this.

You need two sheets of paper – for the model folded by me above, I used two square sheets, each measuring 30 cms. I chose a Gold color for Buddha and a bronze color for the lotus in which he is seated in.

Gift set Origami Deluxe: Book + 130 sheets

Folding this Model:
The diagrams for this model are available in Vietnam Origami Group’s first published Origami book. It took me around 2.5 hours to fold this model and a little more to shape it properly. This is a terrific design to fold and I am very happy with the way it has come out after completing it.

For those of you who are not aware, Vietnam Origami Group (VOG) has published a second book via Nicolas Terry – #7 VOG 2 Origami.vn. This has great collection of designs to fold, too.

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 Origami-Shop.com.

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

Links: Fir trees, Christmas stars, VOG’s book release and more

Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

I have not been folding a lot lately and that is largely due to the fact that I was preparing for an exam and planning a weekend trip to Los Angeles. My hubby & I did end up in Los Angeles last weekend and we had a good time.

We visited Little Tokyo which is a historic district near downtown LA – it is a pretty Japanese themed place where one would be engulfed in Sushi bars, Japanese Kimono and gift shops and really good bakeries. We loved the place and it is one of the highlights of our trip. I managed to do a bit of shopping there and this haul consisted of Origami papers – Kami and Tant from one of the shops in Little Tokyo. I am quite pleased with my loot.

#5 VOG - 50 hours of Origami +

I got back home to find that a lot of things have been published / shared during the last few weeks from various Origamists.

One of the best updates I found was that the much anticipated book – #5 VOG – 50 hours of Origami + – was finally released by Nicolas Terry. You can now purchase it from his online Origami-Shop.com. This book is a collection of designs from members of the Vietnam Origami Group (hence the abbreviation VOG) and has designs ranging from intermediate to complex. It is the first time that such a collection book has been compiled and Nicolas Terry mentions that the effort took approx 3 years by the entire team involved.

Christmas Fir Tree: Sara Adams has recorded yet another instructional video on a magnificent model, in time for the upcoming Holiday Season. It’s none other than Francesco Guarnieri’s Fir tree and this model can be easily folded if you carefully follow the instructions and have the patience. A lot of origamists have already started folding fir trees, preparing for Christmas. You require 5 sheets of Origami paper in all, of varying sizes.

Humprecht’s Star: Tine Blasek has folded some really pretty stars which will make an ideal decoration for the Holiday Season. She has also generously shared the instructions for them.

Sparkle Kusudama: Tadashimori who is well known for his instructional videos on youtube has designed a star themed Sparkle Kusudama for which he has also recorded an instructional video. This can make a very pretty tree topper or left as decoration by itself.

Virgin Mary & Baby Jesus: This is an very nice design and will make a very pretty hanging. This is a rendition of Our Lady of Aparecida who is the patron Saint of Brazil. However, this version has baby Jesus in Her arms and Leyla Torres (of OrigamiSpirit) has also shared instructions on folding baby Jesus as well as ideas on how to make the halo.

These are some of the articles and designs which I found really interesting these past couple of weeks and so I thought of sharing them with you. I am also waiting for my VOG book to reach me along with a handful of special papers I ordered.

Have a great weekend!