I decided that since art and crafts is a big part of my blog, I will introduce origami.
Origami is a Japanese art. Ori in Japanese means folding and kami means paper. Folding paper is exactly what origami is. Folding paper to make other objects, more. If you’ve ever seen paper cranes, that is a origami crane that is traditional origami.
The newer, not traditional things are things like origami umbrellas.
There is a thing called origami paper. It is thin, square paper made specifically for origami. There can be thinner, solid colored, cheap paper like this –
Or fancy, thicker, more expensive paper like this –
Either way, origami paper isn’t required. You can use printer paper if you like, or any other thin paper. If it is rectangle, you can change it like this. Sometimes origami doesn’t even use square paper.
Origami can be very challenging, but it can also be very easy. It is helpful to know common folds such as the valley fold, the mountain fold, and the squash fold.
VALLEY FOLD: A valley fold is when you fold a paper inwards, like this.
MOUNTAIN FOLD: A mountain fold is the opposite of a valley fold. Imagine running down a hill or mountain. That would be a valley fold. Then imagine running up a hill or mountain. That’s the mountain fold.
SQUASH FOLD: A squash fold is basically un-explainable. I figured it out by watching a Youtube video. Here is a great example of a squash fold. Here are pictures I took:
You will know more about the squash fold if you read my next soon-to-be post about making origami hearts.
Origami hearts scale 1-10: 3/10. It’s more like 2, but there is some hard parts.