Roulette Star (Design by Evan Zodl)

Roulette Star (Design by Evan Zodl)

I folded one other modular star this week and I am pleasantly surprised with this particular design. Evan Zodl’s dainty star is very much inspired by Maria Sinayskaya’s modulars and comes with intricate folding but the surprise in this is the so-easy assembly!

Usually, it is the assembly which requires pegs and holders to keep units in place, but this one is as easy as they come. Duo colored paper works best for this model, especially to make use of the center design. This is a lower intermediate design, but beginners with practice in folding, will get by easily with the help of Evan’s video instructions.

I have used my go-to pack of small-ish 4 inch Japanese Washi papers to fold this design. You can use normal kami paper or even wrapping paper to fold this design. Evan suggests to use 4 inch sized paper at least to fold this design, with the resulting model measuring around 6 inches in size.

How to fold this design:

Take a look at Evan Zodl‘s detailed tutorial here:

Celtic Brooch (Design by José Meeusen)

Celtic Brooch (Design by José Meeusen)

I am trying to get started on a regular routine once again in folding paper. To start out, I picked a pretty, festive looking modular design which I think is one of the perfect ones for this Holiday Season.

It’s José Meeusen’s Celtic Brooch which is folded from 12 sheets of duo colored paper. To make it an interesting combination, you can try with 2 differently colored papers so that you get an alternating color combination around the design. If you choose to use single side colored paper, the white side will form a jagged center circle – which you can see in the tutorial video below.

Tuttle publishing has released a variety of small sized paper packs recently, which you can find on Amazon. I have used the Japanese Washi paper design from these. They come in packs of 300 sheets mostly, and duo colored, which make them perfect for modulars. Each of the sheets measure 4 inches in size and when assembled, this brooch design measures approx 5.5 inches.

How to fold this design:

Evan Zodl has created and uploaded a very detailed and helpful video on folding the 12 individual units and assembling them. The creases and reference points most importantly are clearly marked and explained which make this an easy-to-follow video even for beginners.

Najma (Design by Ancella Simoes)

Najma (Design by Ancella Simoes)
Najma (Design by Ancella Simoes)

It’s back to folding for me after another hiatus and this time I started off with a design of my own. The model is slightly 3D which I quite like and is folded out of 8 sheets of paper.

For this particular design, I wanted to use duo-colored paper since I wanted both tones to show up on the front of the design. Each of the units is quite easy to fold and I think the only ‘complicated’ fold in this whole sequence is the division into 3 parts in the beginning of the sequence.I used traditional Kami paper measuring 3 inches in size which are white in color on one side (single-side colored).

This is my first rendition of this design and I am planning on refolding it with a better color combination, soon so as to bring out the color-blocking / dual tones strongly.

The geometric star shape you see in the center came about quite by accident. I noticed this design appearing once I started putting this model together. Hence the name ‘Najma’ which roughly translates into ‘Star’ in Arabic.

Starburst (Design by Ancella Simoes)

Starburst (Design by Ancella Simoes)
Starburst (Design by Ancella Simoes)

I have been fiddling around with this design for quite a number of days, trying various folds in order to take advantage of duo colored paper and bring out a geometric design while I was at it. I came up with this design in the end and I am quite happy with the outcome.

This design of mine is folded using the traditional waterbomb base and has a pretty simple folding sequence. Since I used single side colored kami paper which is most commonly found, the color change at the center of each unit came about quite easily. I used 8 square sheets of single side colored kami paper measuring 3 inches each. The overall size of the completed model is approximately 4.5 inches in diameter.

Mandala Piratininga (Design by Falk Brito)

Mandala Piratininga (Design by Falk Brito)
Mandala Piratininga (Design by Falk Brito)

This is a simple mandala design I chose to fold this weekend. I wanted to make use of the kami paper I had purchased from Daiso a couple of years ago and thought this design would be a good choice for it.

I deliberately selected a larger sized paper for this mandala, instead of the usual smaller 3 inch sized paper – just to see how it would turn out. I am not disappointed at all with the outcome.

Paper to use:
Since this is an easy model to fold, you can use any kind of decorative paper of your choice, including wrapping paper. One point to note, however, is that the paper you select should be colored differently on both sides to take advantage of the color change in between. So, simple kami paper, which is white on one side or duo colored paper will work well. Usually, mandalas are folded using smaller paper measuring approximately 3 inches or so. But you can select a size of your choice.

How to fold Falk Brito’s Mandala Piratininga:
Falk Brito has published the diagrams to this pretty design on his blog and they are quite easy to follow. You can find them here.

Additionally, Mariela Recinos of Origami Maniacs has created and shared a nice tutorial, with the permission of Falk Brito, on the folding sequence of this model. You can take a look at it here: