Tips and Tricks for “P” Origami folding..
All right. I should be writing something else, but found this and am really thinking about origami.. I kinda want to fold, but once again cursing out space, and wishing it was warmer.
Found these really cool tips from Marcela Brina’s blog entitled Origami P’s.
- Paper: Commercial origami paper is handy as it is already cut into squares, but you can also use copy paper, magazine papers, recycled paper, scrap paper, artist papers or any paper that can hold a crease reasonably well and it’s not too thick.
- Plain surface: Although you can fold in the air, it will be easier for beginners to fold on a plain (flat) surface.
- Perception: Learn the symbols. Be sure that you start with the right color side up or down and if you should be facing the edge (horizontal position) or the corner (diagonal position) of the paper. Look carefully at the instructions. The written instructions will give you extra hints.
- Preview: When folding a step, it’s always helpful to look at how the model should look like in the next step.
- Prescience: Read ahead in diagrams to see what is coming up. It makes the current fold easier to understand.(Thanks to Breadbox).
- Precision: Fold as precisely as you can. Position edges and corners carefully before making your creases sharp.
- Practice: If you get stuck in the middle of the model or if it does not look as it is supposed to, try unfolding one or two steps and try again. If that does not work, leave it, do something else, and then start again with a new piece of paper.
- Perseverance: Don’t be discouraged if your first try isn’t perfect, it’ll surely be better the second try.
- People: Meet other people who likes origami. Origami is something to share, teach and learn. Join an origami group, go to conventions, participate in the origami email lists, blogs, sites, contests (Thanks to Breadbox).
- Pride Aside / Plead for help: Put Pride Aside and Plead for help if necessary. In other words, don’t be afraid to ask for help on blogs etc, people are always willing and eager to try to help (Thanks to Frances)
- Patience: Don’t rush through the fold. Take time to be precise (Thanks to Kathy Knapp).