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Thumbnail image for How to Color Paper for Origami and Other Paper Crafts

When people become interested in origami they often ask what kind of paper is best to use. The short answer is that we can use any kind of paper including inexpensive recycled papers, and more expensive and unique handmade artistic papers. The longer answer is that choosing a paper for origami depends on the kind [...]

printable origami paper

To enhance your selection of origami papers, I’d like to introduce printable origami papers of my own design offered exclusively on Origami Spirit. These origami paper designs come in high-resolution digital files that can be downloaded to your computer. Click here for more information or to purchase this printable origami paper. They can either printed [...]

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Based on the traditional Japanese menko, this brilliant origami box, created by Carlos Bocanegra, will become one of your favorite origami boxes for sure.  So, find yourself a couple of pieces of origami paper, sit down and let your fingers do the tomato dance! Not only will Carlos’ model offer endless pleasure in the folding, but [...]

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On her website, Happy Folding, Sara Adams published an excellent review of Onion Skin paper, written by Ilan Garibi and Gadi Vishne. The article describes in detail the properties of Onion Skin paper, also known as Bible paper,  as used for origami, and shows photographs of models folded using it. I have used Onion Skin [...]

Thumbnail image for A Thousand Cranes, a book by Florence Temko

Aside from being a symbol of world peace, health, and  long life, the origami crane has come to signify the art of paper folding itself. This idea is reinforced in a new edition of the book A Thousand Cranes: Origami Projects for Peace and Happiness by the prolific origami creator and author, Florence Temko. Book [...]

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To make the origami turtle featured here (video below), I began with a two dimensional model designed by Sok Song. I then added a couple of folds to turn it into a 3D figure. These are two suggestions I’d like to share here about being creative with origami. 1. Make subtle modifications to an existing [...]

Thumbnail image for Creased Magazine – Oh, So Pleasing!

Crease Magazine is a new bi-monthly publication featuring never-before published original Origami diagrams from creators around the world. Having just received the first issue, I dove into it with as much enthusiasm as a child let loose in a candy store. Creative director Sok Song and his editorial team have produced a magazine that is [...]

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“May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun And find your shoulder to light on, To bring you luck, happiness and riches Today, tomorrow and beyond.” ~Irish Blessing I folded this origami butterfly with a page taken from a magazine. On one side was the picture of a leafless tree and the reverse side [...]

Thumbnail image for Beautiful Papers and Gifts in a Cozy Vermont Store

Where I live in Vermont there is no easy access to good art supply stores. This is one convenience I miss not living in a large city where art materials and supplies are more conveniently accessible. Yes, thank goodness I can order supplies through the Internet! But, I’m not completely out of luck. In the [...]