Friday, June 24, 2016

Origami Designs - Amazing Folds by Ori-Friends

I am so very fortunate to have talented ori-friends who are so kind and generous to render their services to test fold my design drawings before I can submit them for e-publishing.

Here are some of them:

Owl in Flight -> Blog details
Long Tailed Monkeys - > Blog Details

These two (2) test folds were done by Rui Roda from Portugal.  Quite an experienced and skilled origamist and ori-designer who has helped me a lot in correcting my diagrams by providing accurate feedback/advise.  Check his flickr account and be amazed by his folds here.

Long Tailed Monkeys
Monkey Mom and Baby - Blog here

Next two (2) test folds were made by Thomas Krapf from Germany.  He is another skilled and talented folder and quite detailed in his feedback/advice on the improvement of my diagrams.  Check out his flickr account here.

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Origami Creations - The Perfect Butterfly

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly.

Indeed, a thing of beauty is a real joy forever!  This is why it is one of my favourite folds.

Here is a design by the famous japanese folder Yoshio Tsuda and diagrams can be found in the 11th Tanteidan Convention book.

Simple yet perfectly beautiful
It wing shape is outstanding and this model actually allows different appearances and color changes.  You should try to make this model.

I've been tinkering on my very own butterfly model ... hopefully soon I can present one!

Enjoy your week!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Origami Creations - My Anime Fold called Lisa

This is my first extensive box pleating and shaping origami model.  It's and anime character called Lisa designed by Cheng Bo Xin (程柏鑫).

She's a great looker of a Gal :-)
My fold made the original model look older.  But I am quite happy for my first try.  

If you would want to try folding this, you can check the photo tutorial here.

Good luck and enjoy the challenge!

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Origami Creations - Inside, we are All the Same

Yes indeed.  We are all the same inside.  The skull model by Nguyen Hung Cuong speaks for itself.  Irregardless of race, religion, social status, wealth ... we all look the same inside.

Cool model
I had to do a second try making this model because of the tricky folds on its teeth.  But it was really worth achieving success as it is an impressive origami design.

If you might be interested to try, click here for the photo tutorial for this model.

Have a great week!

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Origami Creations - YODA-licioius

My japanese origami e-friend came up with a cool Yoda design and shared it to everyone of his friends in FB.  His name is Shunichi Ashimura.

Here is my fold of his design:

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I had some difficulty following his photodiagram but was finally successful in forming the head.  Overall look and color change technique used is just amazing!

If you might be interested in folding this design, you may check it out from the spanish origami magazine Pajarita No. 134

Enjoy your weekend!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Origami Creations - Most Unlucky Year in Lunar Calendar

The Year of the Rooster is said to be the most unlucky year in the Lunar Calendar.  Well, for obvious reasons, its nature when feeding is to "scratch the ground and peck"

Here is a origami artistic rendition of a rooster by the japanese Gen Hagiwara.

Cool geometric forms and color combo
It's a really awesome and simple looking model but quite an impressive outlook.  I am currently doing some of my own design and I hope I can be able to come up with better ideas.

Hello June!  Hope you'll be a kinder month for everyone!

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Origami Creations - Another Komatsu Favorite Fold

I've seen an eye-opening video on "Talking to Dolphins".  It is a must see for those ocean and sea loving beings like me.

They are really such a fun, loving, intelligent and adorable sea creatures and it is very well captured by the ori-model of the japanese master origamist Hideo Komatsu.  

Playful and charming
You can find the diagram of this model in the Tanteidan Magazine No. 155.

Have a great week!

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Origami Creations - Who Prays to Cheesus?

I was trying to look for an inspiration for my next  ori-fold and came upon a silly image below.

It includes the spanish word "queso" for cheese and a combo word cheese + jesus.  :-).

So, a mouse it is for my next project!

Cool mouse
Here is the cool mouse model by the japanese origamist Gen Hagiwara.  A challenging and tricky model but  I really enjoyed its unique form and shaping for a standing mouse. 

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Origami Creations - The Eye-catching Butterfly Fish

I was so enamoured by the Butterfly fish as designed by the japanese origamist Yoshimasa Tsuruta. This fish is named as the most attractive fish in the ocean.  At times it is called the longfin bannerfish or pennant coral fish.

Cool color change and Shaping

A closer look
Isn't it a cool model?  The photo diagram tutorial can be found here.

Enjoy and have a great week.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Origami Creations - How to Tell a Happy Cat

Did you know that one of the cat's happiness reaction is by raising its tail straight up?  

Cats has one of the coolest body language tail signals which needs to be understood so in order to have a good and loving relationship with them.

Here are cat ori-models showing expressive cat tails :-).

Designed by Kamo Hiroo

Designed by Barth Dunkan

Here is an interesting video on Cat's body language by the famous Cat Daddy - 

Have a great week!

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Origami Creations - Challenging Origami Bird Folds

I always encounter difficulty when folding intermediate model of origami birds due to its tedious pleating of the wings and tail as well as forming the claws.  These parts require accuracy to get the perfect appearance.  Other than this, you must have bigger and good paper.

Here are my latest bird folds plainly using Kami.

Mockingbird don't fly away
The first one is the Mockingbird by the famous Roman Diaz.  It needs some shaping to achieve an even better result.  Diagram for this model can be found in his book Origami Essence.

White Eye Birdie
The second one is the challenging Japanese White-Eyed bird by the great Satoshi Kamiya.  This one is a cool model with its bottom closed.

My bird folding needs more practice and I really need to consider getting good paper for better results.

Well, that is something I can look forward to!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Origami Creations - The Killer Stingray

Most of you would have known about the unfortunate death of the Australian environmentalist, wildlife expert and TV star Steve Irwin from a stingray attack.  

Below is a review of the event and helpful tips if you will encounter one.

In search for a cool stingray fold, I found the manta ray model by the famous Quentin Trollip.  It's a simple design but quite impressed with the choice of its base to make the model.

Beautiful Glider of the Seas
Hope you are having a great week!

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Origami Creations - Remembering the Madagascar Lemur King

King Julien is a really silly and funny character.  He is the Lemur King in the movie Madagascar.

I tried searching for a lemur origami model and found one by the great Roman Diaz.  It's quite a challenging fold as the paper really got quite thick in folding its tail.

Cute with a superb long tail

Aside from the King, I enjoyed the movie's theme song too - "I like to move it, move it"!  It never fails to give me a happy vibe everytime!

Here it is ... enjoy!

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Origami Creations - More Monkeys for 2016

I found this cool and playful looking origami monkey in my FB account the other day.  It is designed by Carlson Cho.

Cute monkey
It is such a cute model and I like its playful and young outlook.

Here is the video tutorial for this model.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Origami Creations - Ride Like the Wind

I am a big fan for this song "Ride Like the Wind" by Christoper Cross and it was use in a video to Save the Wild Horses of America.   (My oh my, the song intro is just so good!).

Got me a wild horse here roaming free.  This design is by the famous origamist Gen Hagiwara.

Run pretty horse run
It has a real softness feel in its appearance and has a very eye-catching appeal

Having a great good week ... hope yours is too!

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Origami Creations - Lovely Aquatic Birds

One of the origami models that caught my attention this past week was the aquatic Water Bird Duck by my good friend Barth Dunkan aka Ecorigami MagicFingaz.

Pretty and Poised
I have been trying to design a duck and was never successful in coming up with something unique and appealing.  Kudos to my good friend.

And Barth is quite generous to share the diagram for this model.  Check it out here.

Happy folding!

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Origami Design - A Mother's Day Special

For all the mother's in the world both here with us and forever living in our hearts ... Happy Mother's Day.

From a mother's quote "You are precious in every way, the sunshine in my day.  The joy in my soul and the love of my life."  Indeed, the bond between mother and child is one defined by LOVE.

Here is my way of interpreting a mother's love with my Monkey Mom and Baby design folded by my talented and humble friend Thomas Krapf (click to check his flickr account).

Baby in Mom's loving embrace

It's and adorable interpretation with an expertly delicate touch using special origami paper.

Below is my fold during the design stage.

So for all the sons and daughters out there, make sure to greet your Mom and spend some good quality time for Mother's Day (and on other days when you have the chance and opportunity to be able to).

Have a great Mother's Day weekend!

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Origami Creations - Nature's Best Animal Dad

Watching "Awesome Animal Dads" is very reassuring ... being a Daddy myself.  

How some Dad's really go to great lengths to nurture his babies.  

Watch this:

And yes, to top it all, the seahorse carries the babies to full term (yup, getting pregnant) and delivering them.

Daddy Extraordinaire
I have folded me a pregnant Daddy here.  This is a design by the famous japanese origamist Gen Hagiwara.

I'm still in awe for the seahorse ... thinking how human mommy's would be so very happy if they can share the pregnancy with their hubbies :-). 

Ouch ... this I don't think I can muster to do.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Origami Creations - The Secret of the Dark Side of the Moon

I was watching the video titled "The secret of the Dark Side of the Moon".  Quite an interesting documentary and explains very well why the back side of the moon is thicker and contains so many asteroid scars.

Here is the video for your learning pleasure and amazement.

After watching this, I was inspired to fold the funny moon designed by Eric Kenneway.

It's quite a smartly designed model and I really enjoyed folding it.

More importantly, the dark side of the moon secret is now unveiled.

Enjoy your week!

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Origami Creations - Attack of the Cute Doggies

Nothing compares to the origami designs of the master Roman Diaz.  They appear simple looking but they are actually very intellectually structured and so lovable.

Here below is one of them.

Here doggie doggie <3
The first time I saw this model, I tried to re-engineer it.  I ended up unsuccessful.  Finally when the diagram was out, it blew me away as it turn out to be a complicated one.

I couldn't remember now how many of these dogs I have folded ... but what I do surely remember is the big smiles of the little kids I gave them to.

Have a wonderful and productive week!

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Origami Creations - Heard of the Kangaroo Court?

"Shut up, shut up, shut up, sit-up, sit-up, sit-up, it's a kangaroo court.  A kangaroo court."  Have you heard of the song Kangaroo court by Capital Cities which actually has 32 million views in youtube.  

Here it is:

As defined by Mr. Webster, a Kangaroo Court is a mock court in which the principles of law and justice are disregarded or perverted.  And as I was watching this, Jo Nakashima's kangaroo tutorial appears alongside.

Hmmmm ... I think you can guess what happens next.

For those who want to make it, here is the tutorial (and maybe listening along to the song :-)).

Hop to a great weekend!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Origami Creations - Old yet Beautiful Origami Sheep Designs

I chance upon the flickr page of my friend Thomas Krapf and was so attracted with his paperfolded Nativity scene.   All of the designs are found in the origami book of Luigi Leonardi titled "Presepe Babbo Natale Origami".

From this art piece, my attention was immediately drawn to the sheeps.

Here they are:

So cute and expressive movements
They are simply exquisitely beautiful and expressive in spite of not having any color change.  This is one of the technique I would want to achieve in my own work.

Still got a long way to go ... but I know it will be an interesting and challenging one.

Enjoy your day!

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Origami Creations - The King of the Jungle

As I rummage my plastic shopping bag of origami folds, I saw a sitting lion which I intensely enjoy but forgot who the designer was.

It's a simple looking model but shows a lot of promise with further rounding and shaping.  But as always, I prefer a more unrealistic looking model yet includes the salient feature of the animal.

Wishing one and all a great and productive week!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Origami Creations - The Wise Old Owl

I was reminded of the quote "A wise old owl sat on an oak.  The more he saw, the less he spoke.  The less he spoke, the more he heard.  Why can't we all be like that bird?"

A food for thought of the day ... I reflected on this when I saw an old fold I made with an owl sitting on a cottage house. 

The Wise Old Owl
Ah ... there is so much to learn from the Wise Old Owl.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Origami Design - My Flying Baby Owl

I'm back and more inspired to create a new design.

And this time, I finally decided to finish my first owl ... I made one a few months back but was quite unhappy with the result.  Then, lo and behold I have a bigger and better surprise.

My Simple Owl with Baby Wings :-)
Thoroughly enjoyed the color change effect and shaping for this model.  Quite excited to draw the diagram and share with my friends and family!

Wishing everyone a wonderful and productive week!

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Origami Creations - The Second Largest Living Bird

Yes, it is the Emu.  The second largest next to the biggest of them all, the Ostrich!  Good to know that both of these birds are endemic to Australia.

Amazing shape and details
Again,  this model is designed by the origamist Gen Hagiwara.  Quite a talented and impressive designer and you may find the diagram of this piece in his first book - Spirits of Origami.

Hope everyone will have a good week!

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Origami Creations - Amazing 3D Sheep

I was so impressed by the 3D sheep by the origamist Gen Hagiwara for he was able to apply some volume shaping to its body.  I designed one for the 2015 Chinese New Year but wasn't able to incorporate this technique.

One meaty Sheep :-) 
The head design is also perfect with the eyes and color change effect.  I enjoyed folding this piece especially for its attention to details on measurements (angles) to achieve the desired shaping.

Wishing one and all a great weekend!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Origami Creations - The Perfect Cardinal

Just the perfect simple color change bird, the Cardinal by the master origamist Roman Diaz.

Perfect profile for this small seed eating bird
From its head to its tail, its superb shaping is outstanding!  This is one of my favorite simple models to fold.

I wasn't able to find a similar tutorial for this piece but you may try this one by Leyla Torres of Origami Spirit.

Enjoy your week!

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Origami Creations - What's an Ass (Equus Africanus Asinus)?

An Ass is another word for a Donkey which was derived from the acronym of the latin phrase Equus Africanus Asinus.  Tried to do some google checking and noted that their is no such link from the word "Ass/Donkey" to the "buttocks".

Now for the more important masterpiece at hand, here is my Ass or better still Donkey fold designed by the master origamist Roman Diaz.

Looking sad ... could be the ugly "A" word :-)

Here is the video tutorial (not sure if permission was given) to make this amazing model.


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Friday, March 4, 2016

Origami Creations - Cute Plumpy Mouse

I always find it difficult to use wet folding to properly shape my origami creations.  The models by vietnamese origamist Hoang Tien Quyet is really a challenge and for today I decided to do one.  

Great snout and posturing
It takes a lot of patience and clipping to get the desired shape and hopefully I did this piece justice.

Here is the tutorial for this model.


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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Origami Creatons - When you wish upon a Star

Since my last modular fold of Gary's Star, my interest on modular stars began to increase.  Frankly, they are simple to fold and assemble but they guarantee to bring joy in my heart.

Here is the Tico Star designed by Maria Sinayskaya.

Lovely symmetry
It's unmistakably beautiful on both sides.  It is another simple model yet magical indeed!

Here is the tutorial for this model.


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Monday, February 29, 2016

Origami Creations - Christmas Leftovers

I just realized that I had so much Christmas folds in my work basket.  Even though Christmas was two (2) months ago, I thought I should post my creations and share with the origami world.

Pureland Reindeer
My reindeer is from an old japanese book but I couldn't remember the creator.  It is a simple piece yet and enjoyable item to behold.
Cool Santa with Sack
This Santa Claus with Sack is by the japanese master Hideo Komatsu.  Undoubtedly an origami masterpiece as I very much enjoy its geometric shaping and rough and sharp edges.  Other than that, its folding sequence is surprising and magical.

Have a great week ahead!

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Origami Creations - The Famous Chippetes

Have you heard of the famous Chippetes?  Well, here they are on "Single Ladies".

They are so cool but frankly annoying after listening to them for a long while.  

Now, I tried checking if there are origami designs for chipmunks and was fortunate to find two (2) impressive models.

Cute and cool
First one is by Andrew Hudson with a cute model.  Diagram is available in the Creased Magazine Issue 9.  You may also check his flickr account and be impressed with his talent.

Awesome color change design
Second is by the japanese origamist Gen Hagiwara.  Again, another terrific model with very smart color change technique for the stripes.

Hmmmmmm ... I should make me a chipmunk too!  Only time will tell ...

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Origami Creatons - Wild Boar vs Pigs

From a biological perspective, boars and pigs are members of the same domesticated species.  However, the two are physically distinct and differ in their impact on the environment and their use of their habitat.

Although the wild boars are considered environmental nuisance and considered as pest, the flipside is that they are more intelligent and their meat is considered more superior than their farm-raised brothers.

To clearly show a wild boars' physical form, I have folded this model by the origami master Roman Diaz.

Trim, Strong and Alert with Tusk 
Now for the domesticated pig, here is Gen Hagiwara's design.  

Chubby, Round and more meaty :-)
Obviously both have distinct qualities and indeed both designs are impressively great (and the folder too!).  

Hope the week is going on great for all of you!

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