Origami is one of the prettiest and most delicate arts and crafts I’ve seen. I’m always in awe at the beautiful things people are able to create with ingenuity, agility and sculpting techniques. The ability to fold and manipulate paper into shapes, forms, characters and articles is astounding. You can transform a single sheet of origami paper using numerous techniques, into elegant and breathtaking art. If you are interested in learning this art form, Tuttle Publishing is the place to go. They carry a lovely collection of origami books, paper and kits. Here are two of their newest releases.
Japanese Paper Flower
The Japanese Paper Flower book will walk you through the steps to make graceful blooms, blossoms and buds. The book is divided into three sections, Part I – The Paper Flower Basics, Part II – The Paper Flowers and Part III – Making Arrangements and Accessories. The beginning of the book gives you a preview of all the stunning florals you can create within these pages.
Part I describes everything you’ll need to create the projects it the book. These include materials like paper, paper-covered wire, bead, pearls and floral tape. Tools include scissors, tweezers, tracing stylus, glue and other useful gadgets. It also shares the steps to prepare the parts needed to make a flower from making a template to cutting to curling to making ridged petals to stacking to making the stamen, leaves and the sepal. Each step is explained with instructions and photo illustrations.
Part II takes you right into creating beautiful flowers. There are 31 different flowers and some of these include Lily of the valley, Poppy, Carnation, Peony, Rosebud, Pom-pom Chrysanthemum, and Cherry blossoms. Each flower tells you what materials you’ll need included templates, which can be found at the back of the book. Every step is detailed with instructions and illustrations so you can follow along easily. Part III allows you to put your new-found skills to work by creating impressive wreaths, arrangments, corsages and other accessories. Secret code: Cosmos.
Origami Fairy Tales Kit
Once upon a time in a land of fire-breathing dragons, brave knights, imprisoned princesses, and fortified castles, there were origami images in their likeness. The Origami Fairy Tale kit comes with:
- 36 folding sheets for 11 different characters that are easy for young kids to fold
- 6 interchangeable story backdrops
- 85 stickers to use in decorating the characters and backdrops
- A full-color book explaining the stories and showing you how to fold the models
Kids will be able to create their very own fairy tale kingdom. The enchanting storybook backdrops will stimulate kids imaginations as they sculpt a whimsical fairy tale world filled with beguiling adventures. As kids crack open the instruction book they’ll be instructed on learning the various symbols and how to make specific folds. Then they’ll go one to make winsome characters like the Enchanted Frog, a Bag of Gold, a Witch, an Ogre, a Wizard and several more star performers. Each character or object is complete with detailed instructions and colorful illustrations. And they lived happily ever after!
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