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Learn to Make Origami


Learn to Make Origami

Origami, the ancient art of paperfolding, has always been very popular. It is an inexpensive yet beautiful and endlessly inventive craft. November 11th is the National Origami Day.  Why not try making an origami yourself?   You can take a video class from Creativebug through Livingston Public website and learn all the major folds and techniques, or check out the books below that have very detailed instructions for making an origami. Enjoy!


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Origami: Beautiful Objects for You to Create Step by Step by Monika Cilmi

Japanese paper folding, or origami, is an ancient art form that continues to fascinate westerners. This book is aimed at anyone interested in learning how to create beautiful, imaginative shapes with just a piece of paper. In addition to clear instructions with accompanying illustrations for the creation of 25 specific projects―ranging from animals and flowers to boxes, jewelry, dolls, and modular origami―the book includes information on basic folding techniques and materials, as well as color origami paper to get you on your way.

The Art and Craft of Geometric Origami by Mark Bolitho

With the increasing popular interest in mindfulness—and seeking quiet in the tumult of modern life—origami, the centuries-old practice of paper folding, has enjoyed a tremendous resurgence. With origins possibly dating to sixth century Buddhism, the art of creating shapes from pieces of paper offers an appealing combination of calming concentration and the opportunity to create small works of art with our own hands.

Paper Joy for Every Room: 15 Fun Projects to Add Decorating Charm to Your Home by Farion, Laure

What’s the most fun way to add new creative touches to your living space? As followers of Laure Farion’s brand PapierPapierPapier know, the answer is paper! Here are 15 stylish, joyful paper projects to decorate every room in the house. Take advantage of paper’s inexpensive charms and Laure’s lighthearted designs to make your spaces more stylish, more creative, and more colorful.

The Encyclopedia of Origami Techniques: The Complete, Fully Illustrated Guide to the Folded Paper Arts by Nick Robinson

A valuable, fully illustrated guide to the folded-paper arts, The Encyclopedia of Origami Techniques provides the reader with easy-to-follow instructions for creating their own paper sculptures. Suitable for beginners as well as experienced artists, all the basic folds and bases are included as well as over 30 projects, all explained through simple step-by-step diagrams. By the end of this book the reader will learn to master traditional forms, like the Printer’s Hat and Masu Box, as well as modern masterpieces such as the Square Bear and Elias Figure Base.

The Art of Mindful Origami: Soothe the Mind with 15 Beautiful Origami Projects and Accompanying Mindfulness Exercises by Richard Chambers

Origami becomes a form of art therapy in these 15 projects that will calm your mind and soothe the soul. In recent years, interest in mindfulness has exploded and it is now a part of popular culture. Increasingly, creative pursuits such as origami are being used as a way for people to focus and enter a mindful state. Each project includes a brief history of the tradition of the model, such as the Japanese tradition of folding a thousand cranes to be granted one wish.

Origami Revolution (DVD)

60 min

It  covers the beauty of origami through the creations of masters of origami from across the world while also showing us how origami is being used in medicine,science,and space exploration. Traces the ancient art of origami back to its inception, while looking forward to its bright future in the worlds of engineering, medicine, and space travel. Written, produced, and directed by Sarah Holt and narrated by Jamie Effros.

Manga Origami by Márcio Noguchi

Origami masters Marcio Hideshi Noguchi and Seth Friedman show everything you need to know to create adorable paper characters from your favorite manga/anime stories with basic origami folding instructions and clear step-by-step diagrams.

Origami for Him: 40 Fun Paper Folding Projects for Men and Boys by Didier Boursin

40 varied designs for boys of all ages, including animals, boats, masks and accessories. Build impressive modular designs and impress your friends with 11 different paper aeroplanes! The 112 double-sided pull-out origami papers are all cut to the right size so you can get started straight away. Plus there are 2 pages of fun stickers to decorate your finished models.

10-Fold Origami: Fabulous Paperfolds You Can Make in Just 10 Steps! by Peter Engel

10-Fold Origami features a completely original take on a very classic subject in this papercraft book, which features beautiful full-colored illustrations and easy-to-follow diagrams for 26 wide-ranging origami models.

Inspired Origami: Projects to Calm the Mind and Soothe the Soul by John Morin

Perfect for fans of the mindful activity books, readers will “unfold” their minds while making stunning creations with this fun, fully interactive package. Inspired Origami will show readers how the peaceful pastime of creating papercraft art can calm the minds of crafters of all skill levels. The book features an introduction on achieving mindfulness through origami, a history of the craft, basic rules, and all the information needed to get started. 

All Things Paper: 20 Unique Projects From Leading Paper Crafters, Artists, and Designers by Ann Martin

Ann Martin has searched the world over for unique and beautiful paper crafts to feature on her popular website– In this new book, she gathers the best of these projects and shows you how to make them in a way that is simple and fun. All of the paper products in this book are designed by respected paper craft artists who have been making amazing things with paper for many years.

3D Origami Fun! : 25 Fantastic, Foldable Paper Projects by Stephanie Martyn

Do you love the art of paper folding? Well, your favorite pastime goes 3D in this origami guide! Inspired by the kawaii style everyone loves, 3D Origami Fun! shows you how to up your paper-folding game with twenty-five spectacular projects. From cupcakes to butterflies to sea turtles, each page features detailed explanations and step-by-step photos for constructing eye-catching sculptures using basic folds and origami pieces.

Origami Jewelry Motifs: Fold and Wear Your Own Earrings, Bracelets, Necklaces and More! by Julian Laboy-Rodriguez

Want to add something new to your look? Look to paper! In Origami Jewelry Motifs, you’ll learn to fold more than 30 charming origami models, from animals and flowers to shapes and figures. Mix-and-match the jewelry-sized motifs with headbands, necklaces, rings, and more to create your own custom jewelry.

LaFosse & Alexander’s Essential Book of Origami: The Complete Guide for Everyone by Michael G.LaFosse

World-renowned origami artists Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander share their wisdom and expertise in this complete introduction to the world of origami paper folding. Beginning origami folders can progress through 16 step-by-step lessons, each with an accompanying video lesson on the free DVD included with this book. All videos are also streamable or downloadable online. Each lesson features a project that’s been selected to encourage the development of origami folding techniques in a highly enjoyable way. Most of the projects are original, never seen before in print.

Origami: New Ideas for Paperfolding by Gay Merrill Gross

Origami : new ideas for paperfolding presents models that reach new levels of practicality and beauty. These projects, using nothing more complex than a sheet of paper and two hands are fuseul, charming and fun. Imagine creating a bow I filled with spring tulips, a practical purse or a heart shaped photo frame-all from paper. You’ll find action toys, cards and stationary, accessories, flowers, and containers in this colorful sourcebook. Follow the clearly written instructions which include easy-to-follow diagrams for each step and soon you’ll discover for yourself the rewards of origami. 

-Hongmei, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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