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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Monday, February 22, 2016

Origami Creations - The Mighty White Rhino

I have folded a white rhino design before and blogged here.  But when I saw this simple model by Paul Frasco, I can not resist to make one.

Lovely form and stance
The diagram for this awesome design is from the Issue 8 of the Creased Magazine.  Some minor shaping is required to ensure its beautiful form and I am very glad that I was able to achieve it!

Wishing one and all a great week ahead!

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Origami Creations - All things sweet in One

Hearts and butteflies ... lovely subject folded in one uncut square sheet of paper.  Yes, this is the design by the "Hearts" expert love-origamist Andrey Lukyanov.  Check out his flickr account.

Great Combo
The diagram for this model was included in the latest International Origami Olympiad (5th) held in October of last year.  If you are interested in joining this year, check out the details here so you can get a good idea of what to expect in this friendly competition.

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Origami Creations - Simple and Awesome Skull Origami

I know that Halloween is still a long way from now but I just could not resist to fold this design by the japanese origamist Katsuhisa Yamada.

Perfect symmetry
It is a simple design but all the salient features are taken into pinpoint accuracy consideration.  To better understand what I mean, try making it with the tutorial below.


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Monday, February 15, 2016

Origami Creations - Impressive Two Tone Cows

Another favourite of mine ... color change origami models.

Here are two (2) models of cows which uses the awesome technique of color change in origami.

Color and Body shaping at its Best
This first one is a complex model by the origami master Roman Diaz and the diagram can be found in his book Origami Essence.  It's structure and appearance is so accurate as you can see in the photo.  Other than that, I did struggle in my shaping as I nearly destroyed my kami paper :-).

Cute and Playful
Next one is by the japanese origamist Gen Hagiwara.  A more simpler model and allows one to experiment with the color change on the body.  The diagram fro this model is in his book Spirits of Origami.

Hope you all have a great week!

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Origami Creations - Loving Sea Otters

A lovely Valentines tribute ... the cute and adorable sea otters holding hands as they float on the water.

How very sweet <3 <3 <3!

Here is a cute design by the japanese origamist Fuchimoto Muneji of the lovable sea otter.

Cute overload
You can find the diagram for this model in his book Origami Pet Island.

Enjoy your Valentines day celebration!

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Origami Designs - Koko's New Year's Message

Have you seen Koko, the Gorilla, New year message in TV?  Here it is ...

Astonishing and adorable, huh?  Fix Earth, Help Earth.  Simple message but very relevant and powerful.  

Here is an awesome gorilla design by origami master Joseph Wu.  Diagram can be downloaded in the WWF website here.

Perfect form and structure
It has an amazing form, posture and outlook.  A video tutorial is also available below.


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Origami Creations - Three Wise Monkeys

As we are in the 3rd day of the Lunar New Year of the Red Monkey, I would like to share a cute fold titled the "Three Wise Monkeys" designed by the Japanese origamist Tsubo Tadashi.

See No Evil, Speak No Evil and Hear No Evil

It carries a wonderful message of not dwelling in evil thoughts and actions so as to ensure embracing a positive perspective in life.

Below is another photo of the three monkeys.  Ain't they cute?  You can find the ori-diagram in the book Tanteidan Magazine no. 154.

Enjoy and hope we can all embrace and practice the teaching of the three wise monkeys!

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Origami Design - Red Monkey Year Celebration

A sincere and heartwarming wish for a Grand and Happy Chinese Lunar New Year to All!  May all your hearts desires finally come true for the Year of the Red Monkey.

Here are my red monkey design.

Red Monkeys 2016
I am not really good in shaping and was only using Kami paper but I enjoy making these animal.  The design actually grew from my CNY Red Packet creation.

Let me also share with you so many artistic expressions/works received for the Year of the Red Monkey below.

Enjoy and abundant blessings of Good Health and Good Fortune be showered for us all!

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Origami Creations - Cats and Lego Pirate

Other than origami, I also enjoy playing Lego.  The thrill of assembling and creating Lego is another way for me to relax and  practice mindfulness :-).

Lately though, I haven't bought any Lego set as they are quite expensive.  So, I just have to settle and play with my old ones.

Shoot 'em Cats.  Har, Har, Har!
This simple design by the japanese origamist Gen Hagiwara is a cool one.  It's action pose is playful so I just got to shoot it down by Captain Jack Sparrow.

Poised and so queenly
I found this second cat fold in my box and could not remember when I made this.  Though it seem elongated it looks quite avant garde to me and well worth the mention in my blog (sans the pirates).  Well, surely it will just snob them :-).

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Origami Creations - My Best 9 Pics in Instagram

I got my best nine (9) photos in Instagram based on the number of likes from my 1,650 followers.

Among them, three (3) are my own designs.  And surprisingly, three (3) of them are modulars.  

Quite happy with my achievement and I look forward to 2016!

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Origami Creations - Striking a Balance

Yin and Yang or Dark and Bright, in Chinese philosophy, is described as how opposites or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected and interdependent in the natural world.  

A balance between these two opposite elements would make for a more meaningful life.  

Here is the famous Ying-Yang symbol as designed by the australian origamist Steven Casey.

Duality prinicple
In youtube, I found a video tutorial by another designer - origami master SY Chen.  I also recommend his website with many more diagrams to enjoy from - click here.

Enjoy and may you have success in finding your yin-yang balance!

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