Have you ever created a piece of Origami artwork? I have and I can tell you it truly is a work of art. Some pieces are so intricate that it takes a steady hand and patience to create it.
One of the things I can't stress enough is to fold your creases. I mean - make sure your crease is in the right place and run your finger over it multiple times. If you don't do this, many times your corners will not match up.
Another thing is this...if you find yourself getting frustrated over a fold, walk away from it and try again later even if you have to start from the beginning.
Origami means...The Japanese word for folding is Ori" and "kami" means paper.
The art of origami began in Japan after monks brought paper from China in the sixth century. Origami continued to maintain its religious and ceremonial character until the 1600s. As paper began to be mass-produced and as it became more affordable, paper folding became a popular recreational activity throughout Japanese culture. Today, origami is popular throughout the world.
There also seems to be a very technical side to Origami. Humiaki Huzita, a mathematician and origami artist who studied nuclear physics used the first six Huzita–Hatori axioms (the mathematics of paper folding) to solve geometric construction problems.
Technical side of Origami
Origami Construction - Technical
Here is a video called "A day in the life of an origami folder". The guy in this video creates his own designs using a computer program before doing the actual folding.
Free Origami Software
For beginners of the art of Origami here are some tips from a website that, IMO, is the more Americanize version of Origami that gives instructions for kids to more advanced pieces.
1. Fold each crease very well. Every crease needs to be flattened quite well for a successful model (unless of course the instructions tell you not to crease it well!) You can reinforce a crease by running the side of your thumbnail along the fold, or even use some sort of tool. I sometimes use the end of a plastic ruler, that works well without damaging the paper.
2. Follow the instructions. Every part of the instructions is important, so read each description carefully, and look at each picture closely. If you miss a piece of information, it could make the model more difficult than it has to be!
3. Be patient. If you are just learning how to make origami, you have to realize that it is contemplative and relaxed activity, that is, you can't go rushing through the instructions as fast as you can! It won't take long for you to be very good at origami especially with the diagrams on this site, but when you are just starting give yourself a lot of time to work it out.
4. Have fun!
---Origami Fun (Easy)
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