Hi there everyone! Welcome back to my Arts and Entertainment blog.  How is everyone? As much as I’ve been loving this cold weather and watching tons of dvds whilst cuddled in bed, I’m so excited for springtime! Have you watched any good DVD Box Sets recently?  What about Orphan Black? I’m so excited for the next series, although I have no idea where they will go with it!


Over Christmas whilst with my family, one of my young nieces received a book and set on Origami.  She tried to make some during the day but ended up running into some issues so that night I sat up with my sister, her mum, trying out different patterns to find some great beginner patterns.  Don’t let this put you off Origami though as since then I have discovered some great resources to help you get into Origami and become a paper bending expert!

Origami is the art of folding paper and its name comes from 2 japanese words; Ori meaning folding and kami meaning paper.  Paperfolding has it’s origins in Europe, China and Japan, although until the 20th century they didn’t mix.   The idea behind origami is to transform a simple flat sheet of squared paper into a 3D sculpture through different methods of folding.  In traditional Origami glue won’t be used, and neither will cutting or marking the paper, although there are some Origami artists who still do.  

Origami crane


First off you will need to make sure that you have everything you need to start.  Origami is one of the easiest hobbies to pick up because your list of supplies can be simplified down to one thing: Origami paper.  I bought some pre-owned Origami paper for bargain prices at www.used.forsale/origami.  You can use almost any type of paper, although Origami paper is precut to be square and colored on one side: which makes it far more useful for Origami.  Foil backed paper holds its shape well, as does Washi paper.

Origami paper


With so many different Origami books out there it can be hard to find the one you want.  One of my favourite books if you are looking for a beginners book is ‘World’s Best Origami’ by Nick Robinson.  This book has a large selection of over 100 beloved as well as unusual origami patterns.   I would highly recommend finding one that is based on your own interests. For young kids ‘Origami in Action’ by Robert J. Lang is great, as it has ‘Paper toys that fly, flap, gobble and inflate’.  I have bought some great second hand Origami books online, including the ones mentioned above, from online classified ads websites such as; www.used.forsale/origami-book.

Origami dino


There are also so many great online resources dedicated to learning Origami.  You can find Origami for beginners as well as experts, how to guides and many, many different patterns.  One of my favourite websites is Origami Instructions which has a bit of everything.

So what are you waiting for get some Origami paper and start making! Check out second-hand books for sale at http://www.used.forsale/.


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