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The only thing you really need for origami is paper, paper and paper.
You're hands are the
only tools you need. There are countless sorts of papers people can
choose for a model,
because everybody has his own taste according to colors/styles etc. The
paper used for
a model doesn't have to be real origami paper, almost every type of
paper is suitable for
folding a great model.
Typical Japanese folding
Most of these japanese papers have a detailed pattern with tiny
flowers, hearts, stars
and other cute stuff. These papers are great for folding kimono's and
These are papers with one solid color and
most times the backside is completely white.
A standard origami paper is 6x6 inch.
These papers have bright colors, the colors
of the rainbow. Smart designers can make
great models out of these one colored papers,
shade also does a lot:
info Sleeping Panda More
Ronald Koh More info
Choosing the right color is very important for these models, because
you only can choose
one + maybe the white backside.
Most A4 papers are great for origami and it's easy to cut a square out
Or, if you need a real large paper, just glue some A4 papers together
and you have
one large folding paper.
I made these models with A4 papers:
I made these cute
First, I made large squares
I made this milk carton of one
completely with A4 papers.
from A4 papers. Then, I folded
a4 paper, after I've printed a
these squares into
cow pattern on it.
stripes which are woven all
Most wrapping papers have modern patterns
in bright/happy colors. And it's easy to fold
large models with them, like a party hat,
shopping bag or even a complete dress.
Wrapping paper is great for creating
origami fashion models, many people use
it for this purpose.
And another advantage is that most
wrapping papers are pretty cheap to buy.
Printing (online) papers
The computer + printer has made it very easy for people to design their
origami papers and print them out on A4 papers. Nowadays we don't
shops anymore, we can make a pattern which fits exactly to one model if
are many great printable patterns which you can print for free:
Instead of a newspaper manipulating you with all written nonsense, you
the newspaper yourself by releasing ancient japanese folding techniques
Almost all existing origami models have been folded with newspapers too,
we all have a few old newspapers in the house and it's easy to fold
large models out
Newspapers can be very handy when you're somewhere and there's nothing
else to do,
maybe the others will join you if they see what great stuff you've just
created from those
Post-It Sticky Notes
Sticky notes are great for
folding cute and easy models.
They come in many different colours,
and some people even made books
with sticky note folding instructions
Folding with Post It notes is
also called office-origami sometimes
(for people who have nothing to do
Sticky note animals
Folding with real
Money folding is one of the most popular variations next to
folding with 'normal' papers.
Some artists concentrate on money folding only and almost never fold
with normal papers.
You might think that it's not possible folding real advanced models
because the papers are much smaller then standard origame paper size,
but these are some
models to show this is not the case really:
Pony (Dominik Meissner)
Some artists use the patterns and/or colours on the banknotes to give
extra recognisable details:
Fish More info
Kawaii Origami Paper
Kawaii papers have very cute and colorful patterns:
This kind of models are made from kawaii papers:
Pink earrings more
+ Kusudama more
And a very popular variation is
Kawaii Hello Kitty Origami paper:
This paper has shiny foil on one side and the backside is completely
white. It's easy
to make very sharp folding lines with these papers and the models get a
Christmas Tree more info
info Modular Ball more
Make paper yourself
If you have plenty of time and really like
handwork, you can make your own papers.
Some origami artists do it too, I've never tried it myself, but some
papers really look
More info here
The internet is filled with articles and instructions for handmade
papers, these are
some I found:
to make homemade paper
Potty paper Origami
This is one step to far for me, but if you wanna hide in the toilet for
a while, you don't
have to get bored anymore:
paper dragon More
Some people even make
Wedding Dress More
So, almost every type of paper is suitable for folding great models
tissue papers, magazines, flyers etc.)
There's always something in reach for people who can't hold their hands
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