This is the first video in aN Origami Basic Mini-Course Series.
If you are new to origami and would like to find out more about the rest of the course…
THE BEST PAPER FOR ORIGAMI
Among the first questions, people who are new to origami ask: What is the best paper to use for origami?
This is a great question. Basically, you want to use paper that is appropriate to the model you’re folding and that choice comes down to this:
- Simple models can be folded with a wide range of papers.
- More complex models require thinner paper.
WHAT KIND OF PAPER
If you are new to origami, or you’re learning a new model, solid-color paper is preferable to patterned paper. This is because solid colors make it much easier to see folds and guidelines and patterns make it much more difficult.
Kami Paper is a popular commercial origami paper that’s universally available and comes in an assortment of colorful squares measuring 6 x 6 inches (15cm x 15cm). Kami paper is the go-to choice for many origami practitioners. It is found in craft and art supply shops and of course can be purchased online. Resources and links are listed below.
Other than Kami paper, you can also experiment with these papers:
- Office paper (perfect for simple figures and first efforts)
- Gift-wrapping paper (can be cut to any size)
- Wax paper
- Rice paper
- Foil paper
- Candy wrappers
- Paper shopping bags
Here’s a tip. When I’m out and about, I always have a plastic folder with me that’s large enough to store any interesting paper samples I find.
HOW TO STORE PAPER
As you begin to collect more and more paper it’s important to store it in a way that you can see–-and find––what you have.
I organize paper in boxes–shoe boxes work well–by size and color. Large sheets are stored in a flat file. Trust me on how important it is to organize your paper inventory!
Ultimately, the answer to the question about choosing the best origami paper will be determined by the complexity of the models you fold and your personal paper preference.
There are no rules so experiment and have fun!
WHERE TO FIND PAPER