The Art of Making an 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 an art of paper folding that is always associated with the Japanese culture. The primary objective of origami is to convert a flat sheet square of paper into a beautifully finished sculpture by folding and sculpting. Different applications implement the principles of origami, such as packaging, stents, and other engineering applications. There are basic origami folds which can be combined in different ways in order to make a more detailed and intricate designs.
Almost any flat or laminar material can be used for paper folding, as long as it holds a crease. Origami paper or “kami” is commonly colored on one area, and white on the other side, usually sold in prepackaged squares of different sizes ranging from 1 inch to 10 inches or more. It weighs less than a copy paper which makes it suitable for a wider range of designs. 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. Origami flowers are beautiful and intricate, making a lovely gift for Valentine’s day, birthdays, Mother’s day, anniversary, and many more. To make a beautiful flower ball, kusudama flowers can be used, as well 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. Turn the origami paper so it looks like a diamond, and fold the bottom half into a triangular shape horizontally, making sure to align the points before making a 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. Diagonally fold the left point of the triangle, meeting the last crease you just made and unfolded, then do the same step with the right triangle’s point. Now, with the two points of triangles, fold them backward over themselves, giving your 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.