I was determined this week to branch out from YouTube and find a new resource for learning a new shape. A few weeks ago I had attempted to use Pinterest as a resource but struggled finding good instructions. Last week I heard about an origami instructional app from the Apple Store (I can’t remember the name of the app). I use a Chromebook so I knew I couldn’t use it, but it gave me the idea to search for something similar that I could install on my computer. Aha! A quick search of the Google Play Store led me to various origami apps.
This app is explicitly devoted to animal origami (which I’m not sure if you’ve noticed is my favourite type of shape to fold). The app is pretty bare bones so it’s very easy to use. There is a pretty extensive menu of animal shapes to choose from.
I tried a few at the request of my youngest son (giraffe, elephant) but I wasn’t happy with how they turned out.
In the end I decided to give the crow a chance. I love all birds in the Corvus family (crows, ravens, magpies) as they’re so smart and I’m always reading about these incredible behaviours that they have. Seriously, if you’re curious, Google crows. They’re truly fascinating!
The instructions on the animal origami app were fairly simple. There is no sound at all. There are just simple animations for each fold. The interface is pretty simple with just six buttons you can use for controlling the play and speed of the animations.
Sometimes I found the animations a bit difficult to follow once the folds got a bit more complicated. In those cases I just had to play those steps multiple times until I completely understood what to do. I like that there is a lot of choice as far as animal shapes go, but a lot of the shapes require having solid coloured paper to truly get the full effect. I only have patterned paper so for my crow, I tried to find the least-patterned piece in the darkest colour.
I decided to make a step-by-step infographic to teach others how to fold an origami crow. The program I used is called Canva (this blog post title finally makes sense!). I’ve used this program a few times before to make posters and birthday invitations. I use the free version but there is a pro version you can buy that I’m sure has many more capabilities and has lots of stock images. The free version does everything I need it to do plus it has a lot of templates you can choose from.
I chose a tutorial type of template and just formatted my step-by-step photos. There were quite a few steps/folds so to fit them all in I had to make the pictures pretty small. It’s pretty clear that an infographic isn’t the best way to teach folding origami. I know this first-hand as my previous experience on Pinterest with these sorts of instructions proved to be useless. For origami, it is my experience that video instructions are definitely the best. But I wanted to try something different, so an infographic is what I did! You’ll have to excuse my unclear folding instructions as it’s really hard to put into words the steps for folding origami.
In case it’s hard to see in the poster, here is what my crow looked like in the end.