How to Make Origami
The art of paper folding has been a part of many cultures for a very long time, but it is the story of a little Japanese girl named Sadako that really brought origami into the public's eye. The story of this dying girl and her quest to fold 1000 paper cranes in order to receive her heart's desire, as per the Japanese legend, has been transfigured into many books and movies. The paper crane has become the most widely known symbol for origami and has motivated many people not only to learn about this beautiful art form, but also to learn how to make origami. This article offers some tips on how anyone can started making origami, and for those who already have some knowledge, how to further your origami skills.
The word origami comes from the Japanese words oru (to fold) and kami (paper), and although not all styles of paper folding originated in Japan, they are now all united under this title. Origami is defined as the creation of art through various folds and crease patterns. There are a few basic folds that are used repeatedly in most patterns, and it is essential to learn these basic folds in order to learn how to make origami. The models are created from square sheets of paper that are sold in various different colors and sizes. It is also possible to find foil-backed origami paper, two-toned origami paper, and patterned origami paper. The objects created through origami range from the simple, such as paper hats, to the extremely intricate, such as models of famous buildings or animals in motion.
If you're looking to learn how to make origami, then the best place to start is at your local library or bookstore. There are many books available that range from very basic for those who are just starting, to advanced, for those looking to expand their knowledge and skill in this art-form. These books are offered both according to your level and according to various themes. It is possible to find books containing animals, toys, holiday themed models, or even a mixture to satisfy any origami craving you may have. These books feature step-by-step instructions, and usually include diagrams, so that anyone should feel confident enough should they choose to learn how to make origami.
The internet is also a great source for tips on how to make origami. There are thousands of patterns online, as well as forums where you can ask questions and get answers from other origami aficionados around the world. Keep in mind that origami is complicated, so it's natural to have questions or struggle with some of the patterns. If the diagrams and the forums aren't enough to help you learn it's also possible to find someone in your area who is knowledgeable about origami, or to find a class. There are many people around the world who are considered to be origami professionals, and these professionals are a great help in learning how to make origami.
Robert J. Lang, who resides in Alamo, California, is one such origami professional. In fact, he has been a full-time origami artist for thirty years now, and he is considered to be one of the world's foremost authorities on origami. He has written many books and created many models, as well as helped to put forward theories of technical origami. Technical origami is a more complicated form of origami which works from a pattern of creases to create more complex models that appear more life-like than the traditional origami patterns. Although this may seem complex, it is definitely something to work towards after having learned the basics of how to make origami, and learning from someone like Robert, who does origami full time, might be just the thing to jump-start your appreciation for this art form, as well as your skill as an origami artist.
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