Origami is an art of paper folding, therefore all you should
need is a piece of paper and you can start folding away without
any problems, right? Well, almost. You might need a few other
things that we will talk about in this chapter.
Aside from the materials, we are also going to show you some
of the basic folds, and how to read the directions of many of the
patterns that you can find.
In origami, you might not just need paper - it always depends
on how far you want to take your creations. Here are some of the
tools in you should have in the toolbox:
Scissors or blades
Glues and paints and other craft goods
You can almost use any type of paper in any color that you
want. But, in order to make your origami fun and not frustrating,
it might be best to use standard printer paper. If you use
thinner paper, you might tear or wear out the sheets. If you use
heavier paper, it might not be the easiest to work with, and the
folds get more difficult to make as the paper folds over
Some of the different kinds of paper you might want to use
Colored bond paper (standard printer paper in a color)
Colored construction paper
Plain white paper
Commercial origami paper
Colored and plain white bond paper can be bought inexpensively
for just a few dollars and most of your basic origami creations
can be made with this paper. You can also use construction paper,
but it is heavier, and you won't have a lot of luck doing wet
Many experienced origami enthusiasts will use commercial
origami paper. This kind of paper is slightly lighter than
standard bond paper, but it is actually more durable than its
One of the other advantages of using commercial origami paper
is the fact that it is only colored on one side. The opposite
side of this origami paper is white. This is extremely helpful if
you are designing or building dual-colored pieces like a zebra,
This isn't a major item in origami, until you get into more
intricate designs. Many experienced origami artists use foil back
paper for certain items that you aren't going to be able to fold
with regular paper. These items might include: antennae on insect
designs, and possibly small legs on any of the other creatures
that tickle your fancy.
You can usually find foil backed paper in a craft store and it
can quite expensive. Some people make their own (quite
inexpensively) but it can be messy, as it involves using craft
glue and aluminum foil wrap along with tissue paper to give you
the same kind of look.
Scissors and blades
Although traditionalists might have a problem with using
scissors and blades to help cut paper, it does have to happen
sometimes. With that said, it rarely has to happen when you are
doing the actual design of the origami piece.
Many of the origami patterns call for a square piece of paper,
and unless you get commercial origami paper, you might have to
cut your own to size. A good pair of scissors or an artist's
blade and a straight edge will do the trick.
Jeremy Hansen is a recognized expert on everything Origami and
author of the book "Origami Secrets Revealed: Everything You Need
To Know And More". For more great information like this you can
check out his website at http://www.m5info.com/origamisecrets.html
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