Origami tips: A beginner's guide to the art of paper folding

Listed below are a few pointers for beginners on Origami, the Japanese art form of paper folding.

Updated on Jun 14, 2022 01:33 PM IST  |  246.6K
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Origami tips: A beginner's guide to the art of paper folding
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Origami is derived from the Japanese words ori and kami, which mean "folding" and "paper," respectively. Origami is a Japanese art form in which an object is created from a single flat sheet of paper without the use of glue, cuts, or marks. Origami has become an iconic part of Japanese culture over the centuries. Today, origami is a widely practised art form that promotes mindfulness and creativity. It also aids in the development of fine motor skills, agility, and hand-eye coordination.

Here's everything a beginner needs to know about this paper folding art.

basis in origami

1. Basis in Origami

The framework or starting point of origami projects is often the base folds. The bird base, for example, is the starting point for many paper birds. Often, instructions will tell you to begin with a specific base in order to save time or space in the instructions. After that, the origami bases can be used to make a variety of origami models.

2. Main fold in Origami

Things start with origami folds. Mountain and Valley folds are the most common origami folds. The former is made by folding the top edge of the paper down, forming a mountain shape. Instead, the valley fold involves raising the bottom edge. The pleat, which is a valley fold followed by a mountain fold to create a twisting effect, is another important fold.

3. Reverse folds in Origami

In origami, the inside and outside reverse folds are two techniques that are frequently used. Reverse folds are frequently used to create an animal's head or tail. The inside reverse fold comes in handy when making models that require shortening a long part, such as a bird's beak or feet.

Reverse folds

4. Paper to be used in Origami

Special origami paper is thin and strong at the same time, so it folds well while maintaining its shape and creases, but it doesn't tear easily. However, because there are so many different types of origami paper, choosing the right one can be difficult at first. The best origami paper is known as "Kami" (the Japanese word for origami paper), which is the standard origami paper. Kami is made in Japan in factories that have been in operation for generations, with employees who have honed their skills over a long period of time. Of course, you are free to use whatever paper you want for origami, and many people enjoy doing so, but origami paper produces the best results.

The best way to learn how to fold origami is to do as much practise as possible. Once you have a better understanding of the basics of folding, you can start making simple origami crafts.

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