Understanding and Practicing the Art of Making a Beautiful Origami Flower
It is always nice to learn new things despite our busy schedule, like learning the art of origami as a form of releasing stress and tension in a day’s work. Origami is usually associated with the Japanese culture, which is the art of paper folding. The main objective of origami is converting a flat sheet square of paper into a beautifully finished sculpture by sculpting and folding. Different applications implement the principles of origami, such as packaging, stents, and other engineering applications. Origami’s basic folds can be combined in order to make detailed and intricate designs.
You can use any flat paper as a material for origami as long as it hold a crease. Origami paper or “kami” is usually colored on one area, and white on the other, sold in prepackaged squares of various sizes ranging from 1 inch to 10 inches or more. It makes a suitable for a wider range of designs because “kami” weighs slightly less than copy paper. A normal copy paper can be used for origami design such as waterbomb and crane, whereas papers of heavier weight can be wet-folded, allowing a more rounded sculpting, that becomes sturdy and rigid when dried. Origami has different types such as action origami, modular origami, wet-folding, pure and origami, origami tessellations, and kirigami. There are a wide variety of making origami, and origami flowers make a beautiful and lovely gift for any occasion such as Valentine’s day, birthdays, Mother’s day, anniversary, and many more. Kusudama flowers are glued to create a beautiful flower ball and can be used as a home decoration or an ornament masterpiece during the holiday season. The different flowers you can make from origami include rose, sunflower, tulip, azalea, bell flower, dahlia, cornflower, cherry blossom, lotus, and more.
You’ll need a 6 by 6-inch sheet of paper when making flower petals. First, turn your origami paper so it appears like a diamond, and then fold the bottom half into a triangular shape horizontally, making sure to align the points prior making any crease. With your triangle facing upwards, take the left point of the triangle and fold it so the tip is aligned with the top triangle’s point, and repeat the same steps with the right side of the triangle. The left point of the triangle is folded diagonally, meeting the last crease you just made and unfolded, then do the same with the right triangle’s point. By this time, with the two points of triangles, you can fold them backward over themselves, giving the two folds with serious creases, then unfolding them. The left point and right point of the triangles are folded up and towards the center, having two funnel-like shapes which then meet in the middle.