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Origami: Personal and Meaningful Gifts, the Basics

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6 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. The Art of Paper Folding: Introduction

    • 2. The Art of Paper Folding: Paper

    • 3. The Art of Paper Folding: Basic Principles

    • 4. The Art of Paper Folding: Duck

    • 5. The Art of Paper Folding: Whale

    • 6. The Art of Paper Folding: Project

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About This Class

In this first class you will learn how to fold the basic figures in origami and prepare you for the following steps, so no prior experience is required! You will also learn about the paper you can use and how to adjust it to the right shape. In the last part you will learn how to fold a whale and a duck, and I would like to challenge you to find some nice paper, fold a duck and/or a whale and post a picture of your first origami creation.

Some other animals you can fold with origami (upcoming classes):

  • Crane
  • Swan
  • Peacock
  • Elephant
  • Rabbit
  • Turtle

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Hello, I'm Florine.

Next to working and studying I like to fold origami figures to relax after busy days. 

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1. The Art of Paper Folding: Introduction: Hi, I'm flowing. And today's class is all about folding origami figures. I made this one a while ago. It's occurring and saying is that 1000 cranes give infinite health. And when Im mother's friend of mine was severely sick and she was in hospital, then old friends decided to fold 1000 of these for her. She survived, and happily, she's still alive. Um, then a few years later, I met Japanese women and she told me everything about only found me. And that's when I became really enthusiastic about folding all those figures. And today I want to share the the basics and beginnings with you in this short, short clause for this class. No prior skills in in folding origami are needed. Only the basic skills you learned during the primary school. Uh, with the regard to the materials need you need paper. You can use any paper you want a za long as it can. Um, if you can crease it, um, and maybe take some scissors because I'm gonna explain something about how you can make your own origami paper by the end of disclose, you were ableto for a well in a duck and you're also able to fool the basic principles off origami, which you can apply it to fooling all the older figures, looking forward to you joining this class and the older project you will upload in the comments section. 2. The Art of Paper Folding: Paper : Hi. Welcome to the second part of the class. I'm going to tell you everything about the paper you can use for the origami. Uh, first, this book, it's a book with old paper in it. Different colors, different shapes on the paper. Very convenient. If you want to start directly, I'm also going to show you how you can reuse some paper for origami. Is this Ah, better? Nice. Better do you take a square from the book? You put it on it, make really sure the corners fit together. So here this edge, then rep a pencil makes so marks around the corners. So please, you can put away grappa and then trying to fit it together like this. It's a little shorter hiss for the older corner as well. Like it. Take some scissors and then you can cut it out. Once you've cut it out, you can try, if you would. Well, my footing it and see if the corners here. Well, Mitch, with corner one. And also corner too. So mine is on this side. It's OK. So it's just a tiny difference in decided Differs a little toe pick so you can re use scissors to cut it. Even so then this squares dunk. There's also other medicine. I want to show you how you can fix your own paper. And it goes like this. You take some older paper you like, doesn't really matter how big and because the size of the square also determines how big your figure will be. You are going to fool almost show you now a smaller square. So go to the corner off the paper use again something you can make a straight line. Then, for example, I'm going to do five centimeters like this and turn it. Make sure the angle was 19 degrees, right? Turness then in order five centimeters like this They your scissors there Then if you don't cut it a little beyond the line, you drool. So you have some extra space as well in this direction. Now you've got something like this. Then we're going to cut these two lines and you're going to cut any end. So here off the line, you draw just a little in the direction you want. Then you fool it and you have to few disc order and the corner here. Yeah, one this and I watched a corner here. Make sure that it's going towards a sharp point. And then you have to adjust the paper like this until you see here also sharp points almost at the end of the line, you draw with a pencil. If that's okay, you can make a sharp crease the sisters again and cut it. Then fold it open. You say you've got a really nice square you can start using so you can use any paper you want, as long as you can make a nice food in it. And which is also important, the bigger squared. Bigger to figure. Um, a short example. This square makes more or less this figure. 3. The Art of Paper Folding: Basic Principles: you always start with a base. There are two different bases. It's just the fish base. We're gonna use it for the duck in the wheel. And this is the bird base, and we're going to use it in order lessons. I'm now going to show you how you can fold both based because they're both really important in origami. I start with the fish base and I control. So you think you're paper you made in the previous listen laid in front of you, then full ID over this. We may discreet earlier. Then make it really nice and clean. Open it again. Make it a little flat. Take one corner, move it towards the lion you just made. Then watch this corner and also the corner down here to make it a nice sharp the line against I can't get And then, like this check if it's still okay. Really Make sure it's a nice sharp line. Many older side exactly to say, Put it over. Maybe it's just a paper A little again which it here and here. And don't worry too much about it being exactly aligned until so this is the fish base late , apart because you're gonna need it because it's also the base for the duck and the wheel. And then I'm going to show you now how you're going to make a bird base. Take another paper and start again, as we did with a fish base folded over. So the corners. Mitch, look at this one. Done gently put it and see if it's aligned here is See also, if it's aligned here, it seems quite OK. Then you make it Greece like this full. It's open and then do it also you all the way around again. Watch 2/4 noose. Quarter this corner seems okay then Make it again like this. Open it again. Then this way again. Which the corner See if they're OK. You could also see if here it aligns with the cross off the lines you made before then open it again. Stern. It last one like this aligned quarters again and getting watch that it's closing older older lines you made before. And then you can fold it like this. So now you've got all those lines. You fold it here is a square. There also. Then I like to turn my paper like this. And then you seek a line to one of the corners. You put your finger, your index finger on top of it. Then pull with your thumb from here. Decides toe, watch each other like this. Help with your hands. Got it like this. The older side do the same like this. His lunch would go inward. Then There you go. You've got a fish base, and from underneath it should look like this. So now you learned how to make a bird base and also a fish base. 4. The Art of Paper Folding: Duck : so in disbarred, you're gonna learn how to fold the duck. You need a paper with a fish base from there, you're going to start for the duck. So this is the fish base you started with. You gonna turn the rounds and then you're gonna make sure this corner fits nicely to that one like this. You're gonna fold it. Then you can take a little part. Doesn't really matter how much fold it over and then fold in Bic. But not entirely so something like this here day, then folded back and turn it over. So distant goes up there like this, making nice Greece re folded. You're gonna need this one later. And it's one back in place. No, you need this to go there. Then during his little do you get up, fall it like this. Yeah, food. There you take the duck, white it seal So the rear part. Gently grip it here. So you have this'll. And now you're running. Pool it up this direction so it's more or less vertical and check also the other side. If it comparable, it is in turn and pick. Now we're going to exactly the same with the head. So pull it out and make here decrease. Then put it down, take a wing and pull it out. So you make a fee shape in here, Make the grease to a new doctor around, and then this one, you should compare with what you did in the older site. As you can see here, you see the line you made earlier and then cut the corners really well to get her, See if it's better. Also Indians, you know, make the Caribbean and then you've got your first duck. 5. The Art of Paper Folding: Whale: in this part, you're gonna make a wheel. So for the wheel, I would like this color to be on the outside. So I start with this one up. When we started getting with the fish based. So for the scorers to better like this, then open it. But these again watch this point that it's nice and sharp. Then the older side again which discordant it. It's nice and sharp. If you fool it, then turn it around. This corner goes over there like this and turn it again around. You've got to flips. We start with this one, you lift it up and you're going to push this point inward like this. So again he lifted up. Push this corner inward. So aligning with this line here, make sure it's a nice sharp points appear it's aligned with the ally was under it. So along with this one and then also here making nice crease order side the same so lift of the flip. Push this work inward And then again, make sure it's a nice creams. What, this all the way like this. Then you've got this figure. You've got it like this on the other side looks the same. So then you fold it like this open. Turn it around, see where the flips are, both the same side and turn it around again. And then this point goes over there. Make sure it's the site with the flips, your folding Tudor midline. Then you big it up. Turn it around. You've got the midline You're gonna fold it over the midline like this. Then the flaps should be on the side with the stump and full flaps back, and you can choose at which length you like it. So I do something like this alignments with this length. So I turn it around and do it the same for the other side. If you want to compare big it up like this and see if those two are at the same point, then for the to you're gonna put your index finger in between two holes and then do it like this. So one more time but your index finger in here for your thumb and put it up like death. So, like this, those backwards, make sure it's straight up. You can adjust like this if you want to for this crease and then to finish again. Put your index finger in between two holes and put most upper part a little down. Put it together and then you don't with your first Well, so then you fold it like this. 6. The Art of Paper Folding: Project: in the lessons. You learned a little about origami, so that paper you can use how to fold fish base and a bird base, and we also folded together the whale and the duck for the project. I would like to challenge you to fold your own duck or wheel on. Upload a picture of it. If you have any questions, feel free. Tow us can. Don't hesitate. You can fill these figures as a gift for someone. If you want them to make them personal and meaningful. You can write a little text, and if the text is on the inside and maybe you should tell them there's a text inside. Theo, thank you for watching. Disclose all your hopes you enjoyed it and learn a lot from its and looking forward to hearing from you.