Links: Origami Mohalia diagram, Eric Joisel’s tribute book, Dalas Dimitris’ Origami Creations and the Sakura Star Tessellation

Mohalia (Design by Ancella Simoes) - Top View
Mohalia (Design by Ancella Simoes) - Top View

I am really pleased that my first origami design – Mohalia – got published in an online magazine. I’m absolutely over the moon about it and I hope some of you would take time to fold my design. It is a simple design to fold and requires only 16 sheets of paper.

Reference fold #2

I have also been trying to think of what to fold next, with the half finished models still lying around the place and thinking of other origami projects which I am wanting to start off with. So I really haven’t got anywhere in terms of progress and I am hoping this weekend, I will get around to doing something.

Reference fold #2: My design – ‘Mohalia’ – is a floral origami pattern based on the dahlia flower and consists of 16 interlocked units. I had submitted this design to Joshua Goutam for his online Magazine – Reference fold #2 – a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised to see it in the latest copy of his magazine.

I have got another of my diagrams submitted to OrigamiUSA, for which I am awaiting confirmation for publishing. I have only just started designing and diagramming, so it takes me a long time and there are many iterations with the portrayal of diagrams.

Eric Joisel

Eric Joisel Tribute book: This is a nice little tribute to Eric Joisel which came about due to the joint efforts of MFPP (French Origami Association – Mouvement Français des Plieurs de Papiers) and Nicolas Terry of Origami-shop.com. This book has lots of unpublished photographs of Eric Joisel, Diagrams to the Rat, Rooster, Aberdeen, baby dragon, Fish, Dwarf, Cat, 3D Penguin, Little demon and finally Nguyen Hung Cuong’s amazing Mask which he designed and folded as a tribute to the master himself.

I purchased this Tribute book recently and have folded the Rat from it. That was my second attempt of the same model but with Tant paper. The photographs in the book are really good and give an insight into the work and life of Monsieur Eric Joisel. There are a few color images of his art and the langage of the articles and write up is French. I think this is a good book to buy for those who would like to have something of Eric Joisel to remember him and his amazing work. This is even though most of the diagrams in the book are already available online.

My Origami Creations

Dalas Dimitris’ My Origami Creations: This is yet another book which has some amazing Origami designs. My favorite is the motorbike which looks very detailed and complex. You can also appreciate that the pegasus design is really great and the end result is majestic. I do not own a copy of this book and I have not attempted folding any if his designs so I am unable to tell you more about this designer and his work.

Sakura Star Tessellation: David Martinez who is known for his intricate tessellations which he almost always backlights, has come up with yet another ingenious tessellation design – the Sakura Star tessellation. What’s more is that he has generously shared the photo diagrams to this pretty design in his Flickr Album. I am yet to attempt folding this design, and when I do, I shall blog about it.

Fabian Correa’s Angel: This is a very delicate looking design which I think will make a good Christmas tree topper. It’s a pity we will have to wait till Christmas to use it though. It is fun to fold and not at all complicated. Further, you can vary the choice of paper you use for this design. You will be able to find the diagrams to it in the designer – Fabian Correa’s Flicker Album. Also, Cavemanboon has gone ahead and tweaked it a little to make it a lot more gracious and dainty – you can check that out here.

Rat (Design by Eric Joisel)

Rat (Eric Joisel)
Rat (Eric Joisel)

A new book – which is a joint effort by his friends at MFPP (French Origami Association – Mouvement Français des Plieurs de Papiers) and Nicolas Terry (of Origami-shop.com) – was released a week ago. This contained diagrams of Eric Joisel’s designs as well as write-ups and never before published pictures of him and his work.

I ordered this book – Eric Joisel – as soon as it was released and I just received it yesterday in the mail. I am absolutely pleased with the book and the contents / diagrams. Even though it is in the French language, I think it is a very good keep-sake book, especially since it is a tribute to Eric Joisel.

Eric Joisel

Paper to use:
I have folded this rat from a 25 cm square sheet of Tant paper which is brown on both sides (duo-colored). I have tried folding this rat with a smaller sheet of paper, too and found it pretty much alright.

How to Fold Eric Joisel’s Rat:
I have referred to the diagrams in the newly published book – Eric Joisel – in order to fold this. You would also be aware that Sara Adams of Happyfolding.com has also recorded and shared a very good instructional video.

In addition to these sources, you will also find the diagrams on Eric Joisel’s site. There will be directions / notes on how to reach the diagrams on that page when you visit the site.

Origami Wall Hangings

Bird Wall Hanging (Design by various)
Bird Wall Hanging (Design by various)

This weekend, I thought of decorating the hall room up a bit with my Origami. All of the models I had folded till date were getting stacked on a shelf at home or at my desk at work and I thought I’d do something about it. I made a simple ‘bird hanging’ with some of the bird models I had folded. This was a simple one, with no fancy beading or other trinkets.

I used the Owl by Hideo Komatsu, the Cranes by Eric Joisel as well as Robert J. Lang’s Songbird I to make this. In addition to this, I also attached the Icosahedral Model Sonobe by Paolo Bascetta.

Wall Hanging Icosahedron (Design by Paolo Bascetta)
Wall Hanging Icosahedron (Design by Paolo Bascetta)

For the second hanging, I used a single model, which is the Icosahedron designed by Richard Sweeney. This I had made using regular printing / copier paper which I then spray painted a variety of colors in order to make it look better. I opted to use natural beads for this hanging, which I purchased from Michaels (The Craft Shop). I also picked up ribbons which I used for this hanging.

All of the origami models in the two hangings are ‘threaded’ through using common sewing/stitching thread. If you follow the links in this post, it will take you to the individual posts for each of the models mentioned here. You will then be able to follow the folding instructions / source of diagrams.

Origami Crane (Design by Eric Joisel)

Origami Crane (Design by Eric Joisel)
Origami Crane (Design by Eric Joisel)

Before you exclaim “A Crane???!!!” you might want to know that this is no ordinary easy-beasy origami crane. It’s designed by none other than Eric Joisel and uses the crane base to start off. When you first start folding this model, you will find that the basic folds are the same as folding the peace crane. But voila! Once you are through with Eric Joisel’s amazing designing steps, it looks absolutely nothing like the common cranes!

What you need:
You need a square sheet of paper for this; it can be dup-colored or single-side colored origami paper. I used a 9 inch square sheet of single-side colored origami paper to fold this crane.

How to fold the crane:
You start off with a bird base and then proceed to fold that into the crane base as shown in the video below. Next, when bringing the lower “dissected’ portions of the base upwards in a reverse fold, make sure that you make one of these absolutely firm while the other one should be just propped up lightly. This one (lightly propped) will become the tail of the crane which needs to be made ‘full’. The one which you have firmed up becomes the neck and head of it.

Ideally, you would not need to wet fold this model, as you can shape it with your fingers with ease. The part which is really tricky to fold are the feathers as part of the wings. This requires you to ‘pleat’ the paper with a 1 mm gap in between each pleat and curve the end of it.

I hope you find this instructional video easy to follow!

Origami Rat (Design By Eric Joisel)

Rat (Design By Eric Joisel)
Rat (Design By Eric Joisel)

I finally folded this model after playing lazy for more than a week. This design by Eric Joisel, is intermediate in nature and contains a lot of intricate folds. It is definitely not for the beginners in origami.

I used a 16 inch square sheet of ’tissue’ paper to fold this. Yes, you heard me right… tissue paper! Though, I am of the opinion that one can use such kind if flimsy paper to fold these kind of intermediate models, one should be aware that you need to be extra careful when doing so. A slight breeze such as if you are folding near an opened window can ruin your work completely. Also, your folds should be made carefully taking care not to tear the paper whilst doing so.

I found that with tissue paper I could easily fold the ‘head’ portion which otherwise has a lot of over lapping folds and would have been difficult if I was using the common origami paper. Shaping the model is also easier since the paper is delicate and folds really easily. Hence, I did not have to resort to wet folding or ‘spreading’ the folds in order to create the curves on the ears.

One must remember though that the final model is half the size of the sheet of paper one started out with. Hence a 16″ square sheet of paper produced a completed model of a rat of about 8″ approx.

How to fold this model:

Sara Adams has put in a lot of effort to record and upload an instructional video on this model – with permission from Eric Joisel, of course. She has explained the steps clearly and has even gone to the extent of marking out the folds where possible. I am sure you, too, will find it really helpful. You can find the videos here – Eric Joisel’s Origami Rat.

Tips on folding this model:

1) Use duo colored paper to fold the rat. Else you will find that the “white” side ‘peeps’ up in many places
2) Use a square sheet of paper preferably of a size 9 to 12 inches or more. (I used 16″ paper to fold the rat depicted in the image above).
3) Make sure all your creases are firm; use your finger nail or a hard object to flatten and firm the creases.
4) You can try wet-folding the ears to shape them. Same goes for shaping the ‘thighs’ of the rat and the tip of it’s tail.