Origami Made Easy

Origami Made Easy

Though Origami may look complicated, with a little knowledge and practice, anyone can make beautiful paper sculptures. It is a skill that can be learnt and honed.

Besides having rich cultural roots and historical relevance, it also requires minimal resources and can be executed anywhere, by anyone. Origami has gained worldwide repute as one of the most beautiful paper art techniques and artists have gone on to make elaborate and intricate work in this realm.

Familiarise yourself with everything Origami, right from what it is to the symbols, folds, bases, shapes of paper and methods of dividing paper. Once you learn the basics of this art form, everything from flowers, birds and animals to planes will be within your reach to make. It is all about understanding the basic principles of the art form first!

What is Origami?

Origami is derieved from two words - ‘Ori’ which means ‘to fold’ and ‘kami’ which means ‘paper’. Origami is the traditional Japanese art form of paper folding, which originated in 17th century A.D. and was popularized outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. Since then, it has evolved into a modern art form in its own right.

The goal of Origami is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques; the use of cuts or glue is not considered as Origami. Yes, the art form probes the mind to think about how true beauty lies in the ability to work with what you have and nothing else. Or maybe, even how something simple can become something beautiful if shaped and guided the right way. That's the beautiful philosophy behind Origami art.

Understanding Origami Lines & Arrows:

One must remember that part of the magic of origami, and what makes it so good for the mind, is the challenge of having to transform just a sheet of paper and a diagram into a three dimensional model.

The entire concept of this art form extends from the concepts of lines, folds and arrows. To be able to do so, you will have to understand some of the basic folds and arrows that govern the Origami universe. Below are 2 tables that cover the basic folds and arrows that are used most commonly in Origami. Understand these and you’ve won half the battle!


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So, what do lines on the Origami paper mean?

How to make origami art - Lines - Reward Me

You can also see various types of arrows on an Origami sheet. Let's see what they mean:

How to make origami art - Arrows - Reward Me

Do make sure you crease each fold really well, using the side of your thumbnail, or the handle of a pair of scissors. This makes for a much neater model in the end, and also makes the later folds easier to execute.

So, go ahead and give flight to your imagination. The sky’s the limit!

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