Bear (Design by John Montroll)

Bear (Design by John Montroll)
Bear (Design by John Montroll)

This is a design I picked up from the book – License to Fold by Nicholas Terry. It is relatively easy to fold and does not require any wet folding or shaping.

I used a 15 cm square sheet of origami paper which is single side colored. I had purchased this pack (AITOH brand) from my nearby Michaels store, recently.

It took me around an hour to fold this model and thats mostly because I had to redo the ‘neck’ part of the bear as I wasn’t all that happy with it.

In addition to finding this model in Nicholas Terry’s book, you will also be able to find an Instructional Video on YouTube on Joan Montroll’s Origami Bear. The link above is to Part I of the series, you will be able to check out the other 4 parts pretty easily from there. This is a 5 part series and each of the videos are very short in length. It has been recorded with the permission of John Montroll (as per what the Video says).

I hope you find it easy to fold!

Stegosaurus (Design by John Montroll)

Stegosaurus (Design by John Montroll)
Stegosaurus (Design by John Montroll)

This particular model has been on my to-do list for quite a while, now. It is from the book – Prehistoric Origami: Dinosaurs and Other Creatures, by John Montroll. It is one of the 2 models demarcated as ‘very complex’ by the author, in this book. I started folding this model during the Thanksgiving holidays but never got around to finishing it until now.

It is a very challenging design especially with the level of detail incorporated. John Montroll’s book clearly depicts the steps in the folding process and makes it easy to follow. One thing is for sure though, that this model should not be attempted by a beginner in origami. It will do well to have some experience in folding intermediate models prior to folding such a model.

Paper to use:
I have used a 9 inch square sheet of single side colored origami paper. i found it pretty flexible and easy to fold the steps detailed for this model. Another option you can try out is tissue foil or simple foil paper which you might get in the local stores.

How to fold the Stegosaurus:

In case you do not have Jon Montroll’s book with you, you can refer to Sara Adams’ helpful 3-part instructional video detailing the folding process. She has explained the steps really well and has also given a few tips in between on folding. Her pre-creases are somewhat different (in the beginning) as compared to the book, but I definitely prefer her folds at the beginning, because it does not require a lot of creases 😀

But it does not really matter whether you follow the initial steps from the book or from her video; the end result is the same. Only the method of pre-creasing differs – that too only a teeny weeny bit.

I struggled a lot with the head and tail bit for some reason even though I found the rest of the model pretty much alright to fold. I found out I mixed up the folds for the head and tail section and therefore had to redo most of it. But overall I am pretty pleased with my first fold of this model.

Origami Dolphin (Design by John Montroll)

Dolphin (Design by John Montroll)
Dolphin (Design by John Montroll)

This model by John Montroll is lower intermediate in nature and is from the well-known book Origami Sea Life, which he co-authored with Robert Lang.

Type of paper:

I have used a square sheet of paper measuring 9” in size (large size), which is colored black on one side (with the other side being plain white). This is from the origami paper pack by Dover publishing.

This model takes around 15 to 20 minutes to fold and the diagrams in the book are relatively easy to follow. The steps are detailed out clearly and the standard symbols in origami have been used in this book, too.

The best part of this design is that even if you use single side colored paper, you can’t really see much of the blank or white side. So this makes the model look really neat.

The step which I found a bit tricky to fold is that of the tail, which is a combination of a reverse fold and a subsequent squash fold. It’s however, easier said than what I found out, especially when it came to the squash folding. I then had to ‘form’ the tail with a slight fold upwards to each side of the tail, once I was through with the squash folding. 🙄

The centre or middle of the model gets a bit “thick” due to the numerous folds which are tucked in, at that location. Therefore its advisable to use the usual origami that you can buy online through or from your local craft shop. Using packing paper material or any other kind of paper such as construction paper will make the model too thick and the folds difficult to set in place.

Origami Rabbit (Design by John Montroll)

Rabbit (Design by John Montroll)
Rabbit (Design by John Montroll)

With Easter just around the corner, I thought of trying my hands at folding John Montroll’s Rabbit design from his book – Mythological Creatures and the Chinese Zodiac in Origami. The basic design of this model is very much similar to that of the dog I folded recently. Well, I did warn you in my last post, that I would be folding a lot more of the models from his book!

Even though the overall design was familiar, I still got caught at the stage of folding the rabbit’s ears. That part took a bit longer for me than expected but as you can see, I finally got around to completing it. The entire model took me 2 hours to fold with some extra time for tinkering with the ears, as I wasn’t too happy with the outcome of it for quite sometime.

The paper I used for this model is by Tuttle publishing – Origami Paper Animal Prints. It comes in a size of 8 ¼” inches in size (square) and it is quite convenient to fold. I avoided using the construction paper that I had with me even though I had the right shade of color in that, simply because construction paper is thicker than origami paper and makes the folds difficult and clumsy.

The design instructions for this rabbit are on pages 31 to 33 in John Montroll’s book and they are quite clearly explained. I would say that this too, is an intermediate level design and the folders attempting this should be familiar with some of the folds, like the reverse fold, sinks, etc in order to try this one out.

I would also recommend a slightly larger sized paper when trying to fold this rabbit. As you can see, I have used an 8 ¼” sized paper and the size of the completed rabbit is not more than 4”. Larger the paper, larger and better the completed model and you can fold it easily without crumpling up the paper, too.

Here’s wishing all of you a very Happy Easter!

Origami Dog (Design by John Montroll)

Dog (Design by John Montroll)
Dog (Design by John Montroll)

This is a cute little dog that I folded this weekend, which reminds me of a daschund. I chose this model for my sister who loves dogs and even goes to the extent of feeding homeless dogs as well as the neighbor’s dog (in addition to our pet dog) just because “they are cute and they might be hungry” or maybe she doesn’t like what’s cooked… who knows? Can never trust her real motives 😀 ❗

This is a slightly complicated model and is intermediate in terms of level of complexity. It is better that the folder has some experience in folding and is not a beginner. I have followed John Montroll’s book – Mythological Creatures and the Chinese Zodiac in Origami.

This model took me around 2 hours for me to fold and I daresay I did get stuck in a couple of places in between, too! John Montroll has put in a lot of effort to illustrate his diagrams really well and this makes it easier to follow. I made a slight change to the way the tail is designed to be in order to make it look more like my pet dog’s.

I used a larger sized square paper of 8 ¼” for this model. It came in animal prints and was double sided. I made do with a black and white zebra striped design for this model as I was not able to get the solid colored Origami paper of a desired size. I would recommend proper origami paper, which you can buy from your local stores or from; the construction paper variety just doesn’t fold well with intermediate origami models because of the fine folds.

You will be able to find instruction to this model on pages – 61 to 63 – in John Montroll’s book. You can also tweak the dog’s tail to curve in whichever direction you please. John Montroll’s design asks for a crimp at the top, which makes it a downward curve after finished. 💡 You can tweak this a bit to allow the tail to curve upwards to give the impression of a ‘happy wag’. 😀

This design I found forms a base for many of John Montroll’s animals in his book. I think you will be seeing a couple of more animals hopping along since I seemed to have got a hang of this one, at least.