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How to Become Skilled at Origami

By Edited Jul 13, 2015 0 0

Origami Goat

I have been a large fan of origami for most of my life. For probably nearly 20 years now I have been creating origami models and by now I've gotten decently good at it. Even so, I almost feel as if my skill level has plateaued and I've stopped getting better.

I'd say I'm at around an average skill level when compared to the unbelievable models I've found on the Internet created utilizing origami. I'm most certainly interested in getting better but beyond just folding more models and possibly trying to fold harder models, I'm kind of at a loss as to how get better.

After performing some internet research and asking several people who are a lot better at origami than I am I've come up with the following helpful advice that I'd like to share with you about how to boost your origami abilities.

A good way to learn more about the art is to meet other origami artists in real life to learn from them and to fold things with them. Origami conventions are an outstanding way to meet other gifted artists.

It's possible to also try folding several kinds of different types of models. Rather Than folding only animals for instance try folding dissimilar things like shapes, modular models and tessellations.

Paper of course also plays a big role in origami. Try various unlike kinds of paper and apply the paper to fold several types of dissimilar kinds of models. Soon you will learn what kinds of paper work better for you or for different kinds of models.

Another outstanding suggestion that works great for all kinds of things, not just origami, is to try to fold something much more difficult than you're used to. Make an effort with it for a while and even if you are unable to fold the more complicated model, when you go back to the more or less easier things you were trying to fold before, they will seem much easier.

If you're interested in planning to design your own origami models then folding numerous models using crease patterns rather than diagrams is definitely going to be of benefit. Pay extra close attention to each fold and try to understand its design.

Folding as many models as possible from various types of designers will also enable you to see how each designer makes similar parts differently. Breaking down an origami model into smaller sections like heads and limbs for instance can not only allow you to see how to form each section but also how each part of the model fits into the larger unit.

And naturally there's always practice. Fold a lot of models, fold frequently and don't be afraid to ask someone for assistance. There are tons of capable origami artists on the Internet who are rather friendly and willing to help you if you ask them pleasantly.



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