EDTC 300, Learning Project

Learning Project: Finale

That’s a Wrap(ping Paper)!

Well folks, the time has come for me to…fold…my cards. I took up origami for a while…but it was just too much…paperwork. One might say I…folded…under pressure. Okay, I’m done.

Learning how to make origami this semester has been (just one more) two-fold…fun and frustrating. Most of the fun was in the actual folding of the paper and seeing the finished products. A lot of the frustration was also in the folding of the paper and seeing some of the not-so-pretty finished products. Here is a summary of what I learned throughout my Learning Project journey:

  1. Origami folding takes a lot of patience and perseverance because it can be time-consuming and if you rush it, the final piece will end up less than stellar (but more about that later).
  2. I learned so much about online learning through this process. I will break down some of the different apps and programs I tried in a bit but overall I can say I learned how to find different resources online and different ways to highlight my learning from week-to-week. Although I mostly stuck with YouTube, I did try Pinterest and a downloaded app to find origami folding instructions. 
  3. With origami, video instructions are by far the best format for learning new shapes. The other platforms I tried used either step-by-step photo instructions or short animated step-by-step videos and these were not nearly as effective at teaching than the YouTube videos. I definitely needed videos to learn from. 
  4. Origami has its own little online community with many resources and examples of some really beautiful work. I recommend checking out the Joseph Wu Origami gallery page. It’s unbelievable what can be made just using paper! 

Summary of Weekly Posts

Learning Project: Baseline (Ori-gimme Origami)

Shape Folded: In my baseline post, I didn’t fold anything but instead I introduced origami and some of the reasons I chose it for my learning project. I wrote about the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and some of the history behind the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima. I wrote about the materials I had purchased for my project and showcased some of my own personal origami.  

Technology/Digital Tools Used: I did not start folding any shapes this week so I didn’t use any new technology for documenting; however, I did use some technology for my blog post.

  1. iPhone 8 to take pictures/video
  2. WordPress for my blog
  3. Momento to create the boomerang of my newly purchased origami paper pad
  4. Creative Commons to find some public pictures to include in my blog post     

Learning Project: Shape 1 (The Crane Game)

Shape Folded: For my first learning project shape, I absolutely had to fold the paper crane because to me, that is the pinnacle of origami. After a long saga of choosing what pattern of paper to use, I ended up folding multiple cranes to really get the hang of it.

Technology/Digital Tools Used: This week I searched out my first video to use to teach me how to fold my shape. The tech and digital tools I used this week were:

  1. iPhone 8 to take pictures
  2. WordPress for my blog
  3. YouTube video
    1. Crane tutorial by Tavin’s Origami

Learning Project: Shapes 2 & 3 (What do Frogs do with Paper? Rip-it!)

Shape Folded: This week I was determined to fold a jumping frog because I saw a video for it the previous week and I loved how it could jump. Out of all of my shapes, the frog was my favourite just because it turned out exactly how it was supposed to and I loved the paper I chose for it. I doubled-down on the shapes this week and included a butterfly just because I felt guilty that the frog was about the same difficulty as last week’s crane.

Technology/Digital Tools Used: I used a lot of the same technology as previous weeks, but I did use the screenshot function on my Chromebook to mix things up a bit.

  1. iPhone 8 to take pictures/video
  2. WordPress for my blog
  3. Momento to create the boomerang of my the jumping frog
  4. YouTube videos 
    1. Frog tutorial by Jo Nakashima
    2. Butterfly tutorial by Basteln mit Papier

Learning Project: Shapes 4 & 5 (Baby Origami Shark Do Do Do-Do Do-Do)

Shape Folded: For my shape this week, I got my first taste of failure and started out with a very unsuccessful hammerhead shark. After drying my tears, I picked myself up and tried a great white shark with great success.

Technology/Digital Tools Used: Once again, very similar technology as previous weeks.

  1. iPhone 8 to take pictures
  2. WordPress for my blog
  3. YouTube videos
    1. Hammerhead tutorial by Amazing Easy Origami – Yakomoga
    2. Great white tutorial by Wonpyo Lee – Origami&DIY

Learning Project: Shape 6 (I “Rose to the Occasion)

Shape Folded: This week I wanted to try to fold a flower. After some more origami fails, I found a really pretty multi-piece shape that I decided to try. It turned out really well and I ended up making three flowers. I achieved my goal of folding a multi-piece shape! I also folded a heart for Valentine’s Day which, unbeknownst to me at the time, came into play a few weeks later…

Technology/Digital Tools Used: I used two new pieces of tech this week. First, I wanted to try a resource besides YouTube, so I searched on Pinterest for some flower tutorials. I ended up using a YouTube video anyhow, but it was still interesting to see how many tutorials are available on Pinterest. Secondly, we were challenged to try a new digital tool or app we had never tried before which I used to document this week’s shape.

  1. iPhone 8 to take pictures
  2. WordPress for my blog
  3. Pinterest to find flower origami
  4. VideoScribe to document folding
  5. YouTube videos
    1. Flower tutorial by Ventuno Art
    2. Heart tutorial by Origami Tsunami
    3. My video

Learning Project: Shape 7 (Can I Fold It? You Bet Jurassican!)

Shape Folded: This week I tried my hands at folding a Tyrannosaurus Rex. This was another shape I had wanted to fold for a while but had to find the right tutorial as some of the T. Rex tutorials are pretty advanced.

Technology/Digital Tools Used: This week I documented folding using a program that I’ve used many times and really love. It makes me feel like a professional video editor everytime I use it!

  1. iPhone 8 to take pictures/video
  2. WordPress for my blog
  3. Filmora to document folding
  4. YouTube videos
    1. Tyrannosaurus Rex tutorial by PPO
    2. My video

Learning Project: Shapes 8 & 9 (Wiener Wiener Penguin Dinner!)

Shape Folded: For my project this week, I folded a couple of shapes that included some ink to make them look more like the animals they’re supposed to be. I folded the cutest dachshund and a penguin.

Technology/Digital Tools Used: This week I used a different program to document my shape. I’ve used Adobe Spark a few times for other classes. It’s good for quick videos using photos.

  1. iPhone 8 to take video
  2. WordPress for my blog
  3. Adobe Spark to document folding
  4. YouTube videos

Learning Project: Shape 10 (“Caw-nva”)

Shape Folded: This week, my main shape was one of my favourite birds, a crow. I also tried an elephant and a giraffe but they were pretty simple and the fact that I had to use scissors to make their legs made me feel like they weren’t true origami.

Technology/Digital Tools Used: Instead of YouTube, I used a new app for my folding tutorial this week. I found an app that I could download to my Chromebook that is strictly animal origami. I was also tasked with creating a step-by-step guide for my shape this week so I used a program I’ve used quite a bit for other projects called Canva.

  1. iPhone 8 to take pictures
  2. WordPress for my blog
  3. Animals Origami Instructions app by TunnyApps
  4. Canva to create a step-by-step how-to poster

Learning Project: Bonus Shape (Love in the Time of Covid)

Shape Folded: I had previously folded a heart back when I folded a flower near Valentine’s Day. I wanted to fold some more as my community has been participating in various neighborhood scavenger hunts during social distancing due to COVID-19. People have been putting all sorts of shapes in their windows, including hearts, for others to look for when they go on walks. I enlisted the help of my three sons and together we folded some more hearts to hang in our front window.

Technology/Digital Tools Used: I didn’t mention it in my blog, but I used iMovie for the first time to document this shape.

  1. iPhone 8 to take pictures/video
  2. WordPress for my blog
  3. iMovie to document folding
  4. YouTube videos
    1. Heart tutorial by Origami Tsunami
    2. My video

Learning Project: Shape 11 (Greatest. Of. All. Time…Sort off…Not really)

Shape Folded: For my final shape, I chose to retry folding the most difficult piece yet. A goat! I had previously attempted (and succeeded at) this shape a few weeks previous when I folded the dachshund and penguin. I wanted to fold another one, but wanted to make sure to document it this time. It didn’t go nearly as well as the first, but it was still fun to try!

Technology/Digital Tools Used: I didn’t use any new technology to document this week but fell back on some old familiar ones. I circled back to the very first YouTube user that I used for my first shape (paper crane) and used Filmora to edit and significantly shorten the video of me folding the goat.

  1. iPhone 8 to take pictures/video
  2. WordPress for my blog
  3. Filmora to document folding
  4. YouTube videos
    1. Goat tutorial by Tavin’s Origami
    2. My video

Initially I didn’t think to post notifications on Twitter that I had a new learning project post available. But in the 4th week or so I thought to start doing that. Here are some of the tweets from my Twitter account.

This learning project was one of the most enjoyable assignments I’ve ever been assigned! Not only was it so much fun learning how to fold origami, it was so interesting learning about all of the different technology and digital tools available to document the process. YouTube was definitely my go-to resource but it was neat to see the different apps and websites I could also learn from. My family also got quite involved in this project and always got a kick out of the new shapes I’d create each week (at least they acted like they enjoyed it…probably just humouring me). And so I will leave you with this shot of all of the shapes I folded over the past few weeks. I’ll hold onto a few but I might send some to friends or drop some in neighbour’s mailboxes to brighten their day.

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Learning Project: Shape 11

Greatest. Of. All. Time…Sort of…Not really

In my very first baseline blog post I mentioned that my final goal was to create a multi-shape piece, but I was able to create a multi-piece flower in Learning Project: Shape 6 so for my final piece, I attempted the most difficult piece I’d folded all semester. I gave a bit of a hint about the final shape in my Learning Project: Shapes 8 & 9 post but attempted it again this week to show how far I’ve come. Buckle up buttercup! Because this week I had the ultimate origami fail when I tried to fold a goat. A few weeks ago I chose the goat to try because it looked really cute and I absolutely love goats! They have so much personality and can be such trouble-makers. The YouTube video I used is from Tavin’s Origami which, you may or may not recall, is the same YouTube user for the crane I folded in Learning Project: Shape 1. Aha! Full circle moment! The video I used is 16 minutes long! That was a first hint that this would be a doozy. In the video, Tavin says multiple times how difficult of a piece this is which was a pretty clear indication that I may have taken on more than I can manage. I didn’t even think to document the folding of that first goat and when I was done, I was extremely impressed with the final shape.

I knew I wanted to attempt this shape again as the finale to my learning project. Which brings me to the second attempt at the goat. This time I made sure to take a video of me folding. By the time I was done, the video was over 30 minutes long and the final product was…well…I’ll let you come up with your own description of what this is.

Pretty baaaaaahd

In case you’re curious, this is what Tavin’s goats look like.

I cut the video down to about six minutes (most of it was just me repeating folds and sitting completely motionless as I watched Tavin do folds over and over) and then sped it up so if you’re interested in seeing part of what went into this second goat, here’s a quick video. I sort of gave up in the end.

Really struggled at the end there

Similar to Tavin’s crane video I used in my first learning project shape, his goat video was very well done. There was a clear image of each fold along with narration and a drawing in the corner showing each fold. This piece is just so difficult that unless you’re a really experienced folder and know all of the origami terminology, it’s just too much. I think my first attempt at it was a fluke as I just couldn’t get the second goat to look anything close to what it’s supposed to look like. Here are the two side by side.

As an aside, I mentioned earlier, I really love goats, especially the babies, and all the hijinks they pull. If you have the same affinity for them, I recommend this video.

Also this last one that combines two of my favorite things, screaming goats and Game of Thrones!

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Learning Project: Bonus Shape

Love in the time of Covid

My family and I want to dedicate this bonus origami shape to all of the grocery store employees (clerks, unpackers, shelf stockers, etc.), careworkers (nurses, doctors, pharmacists, technicians, custodians, etc.), teachers, kids, parents, and anyone/everyone doing their part to social distance who are affected by this moment in history (so basically the entire world!). The area I live in has been doing a bit of a social distancing scavenger hunt where people hang hearts in their windows or on their doors.

One of my neighbours

My children and I wanted to participate and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to use what I’ve learned during my learning project to spread some love and positivity in my community, including my online community.

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Learning Project: Shape 10


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. 

After reading the reviews for a few, I settled on an app called Animals Origami Instructions by Tunny 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.

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Learning Project: Shapes 8 & 9

Wiener Wiener Penguin Dinner!

This week I reverted back to the animal theme that I have visited over and over. Spoiler alert! The first shape I attempted this week was extremely difficult. I think I’m going to save it for one of my final weeks as a finale shape. I didn’t document folding it and it was way too difficult and took too long for me to fold for me to do another one. I’ll just leave it here by saying that it’s the greatest of all time…

Okay so back to the shapes I folded for this post. I thought I would do a couple of shapes that included some ink enhancements to add to their cuteness. The first shape I completed was a dachshund. The YouTube user that posted this video is El Origami

This video was comparable to a lot of the videos I’ve used in the past. The music was upbeat and the video was nice and clear. There were no illustrations of the folds but this shape wasn’t too difficult so it was easy enough to follow along. As shown in the video, I added the little nose and eye to make it look like a little dachshund which I think really finished it off. It’s pretty adorable and I think I might give it to my son’s sitter who has a dachshund of her own.

The second shape I folded this week was even cuter! The most adorable penguin, complete with eyes and a little yellow beak. As soon as I saw this shape I just knew I had to fold it. If I had solid blue paper like the paper used in the video I think it would have been even cuter but the paper I had worked just fine. This video was posted by OrigamiAko  who appears to have some really nice holiday-themed shapes on their channel. The video is completely silent although there were some captions that randomly pop up giving directions. Two elements to this video that I appreciated were a photo of the finished product in the corner (so you could always see what you are working towards) and the folder often points to the corner you’re folding and where you’re folding it to to give a heads up to the next fold. These little elements help a surprising amount when doing these shapes.

I didn’t formally document the folding of the penguin as I didn’t think it was necessary but I’ve included an Adobe Spark video that I made of the folding of the dachshund and the final penguin. I had completely forgotten that I had previously used Adobe Spark in a different class so was pretty excited to use it for this week. It’s really easy to use. It’s pretty limited in its function but for doing a nice little slide show, I think it works pretty well. Oh and you’ll have to excuse Finn and Kylo Ren peeking out in the pics. I was using one of my son’s Star Wars books as a folding surface.

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Learning Project: Shape 7

Can I Fold It? You Bet Jurassican!

For my learning project this week, I decided to try a Tyrannosaurus Rex – a shape that I found a few weeks ago that I really wanted to try but was a bit scared off by its tiny arms. I found a video that folded a version of the T. Rex with fairly easy-to-fold arms so thought I’d give it a shot. The video is on YouTube and is by YouTube user PPO. The video tutorial was pretty good. It has some catchy music and has clear video of the folder’s hands making all the folds. 

I thought this would be a good shape to use a bigger piece of paper with and since I still have not bought bigger paper (by now I think I might just call a spade a spade and say buying bigger paper is just not gonna happen), I thought I would just use a piece of construction paper and fold then cut it to make a square. Unfortunately the construction paper that I have does not fold well at all so I had to scrap this plan and use my trusty 6” x 6” paper that I’ve been using all along. I was reading one of Richelle’s blog posts where she gave some tips and tricks on using tutorial videos and one of her suggestions was to watch the video at 3/4 speed so it’s easier to follow along. Previously I had always been pausing and starting the videos so I could keep up with the folds but this week I tried Richelle’s suggestion and it worked pretty good. Thanks Richelle! 

I had some issues with the head (throwback to my issues with folding the crane head and the hammerhead shark head) and made a few mistakes along the way that could easily be undone (it didn’t have a tail for a short while). 

This week I decided to make a video of me folding the T. Rex. I used a program called Filmora to edit the video. I’ve used Filmora a few times before. It’s probably my favourite video editor as it has a ton of really neat effects and is really user friendly once you figure it out. It has lots of music options and really cool transitions for photos. Plus I like how it has video and audio layers that are easy to edit independent of one another. Unless you upgrade, it does have a watermark on the finished product, but I don’t think it takes away from the final video. I also had some issues trying to crop the video so there wasn’t a bunch of carpet in the background which is why it jumps around a little bit – I split the video before cropping so attempted to crop each part of the video the same which was next to impossible. Oh well – I’ll say it was on purpose to make the video more visually interesting…

I ended up folding two T. Rex’s. As per usual, I folded the first one the wrong way so the plain, white side of the paper was facing outwards. I learned my lesson on the second go around. These are my two T. Rex’s together.

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Learning Project: Shape 6

I “Rose” to the Occasion

As promised, this week I ventured away from the animal kingdom and looked for a good origami flower video to try. I thought I’d try a different approach this week and went onto Pinterest and did a search for flower origami. As per usual, Pinterest did not disappoint and there was a plethora of projects that popped up. Most looked way beyond my ability level but I found a couple that I thought I could handle. Unfortunately they did not include video instructions (which apparently is key for me) and instead just had step by step photos. I won’t get into it too much but here are my failed flower attempts.

Back to good old reliable YouTube. I found a flower video that I thought looked much more manageable by YouTube user Ventuno Art. This was by far the most aesthetically pleasing origami video I’ve seen yet. The video itself has an almost nostalgic feel to it with a beautiful piano melody playing. It’s like watching a music video. The video went through the steps pretty quickly so I had to pause a lot during it, but any shortcomings in instructional quality is made up by the cinematography of the whole thing. The music really is beautiful!

To document this week’s shape, I was tasked with using an app or tool that I had not used before. I don’t even know where to start with this task. This turned into a three-hour long wild goose chase. I have a Chromebook so I did Google search after Google search trying to find a good (free) video editor for Chromebooks. I must have downloaded and deleted about five different apps. Every time I tried one, it either required a paid subscription in order to have any useful capabilities (even though it was advertised as free) or it just wouldn’t work. I don’t know if it’s my inexperience showing or what, but I was getting frustrated to no end. I also have a Windows-based desktop PC so I thought it might work better to try a Windows-based app. I found one called VideoScribe that uses photos instead of video. This app “draws” your photos for you that you can put together into a video. You can set it to music and even add text. It was getting a bit late in the day (on a Saturday night no less) and I was getting pretty tired so I’ll be honest, I didn’t explore this app as thoroughly as I would have liked to. The way it works is you import your images into the app.

There are different options for how you want your picture to appear. They can slide in from the side or appear to be drawn. I chose “draw” for all of my pictures.

For each picture you can change how you want it to appear, how long it stays, and how it transitions to the next picture. These changes can be made when you import the photo or there’s a quick option to make these changes.

At any time you can also rearrange the order of photos.

Overall I thought this was a very user-friendly app. It had a lot of stock music options to choose from (although I wish I could have found that beautiful piano melody from the flower YouTube video) and it was very easy to export for me to share. I didn’t explore the text option but from what I can tell there is an option to add text to each photo as well. I would recommend this app to anyone looking for this sort of capability. The biggest downfall is you have to pay for the app in order to remove the watermark and use this app for more than a week. I downloaded the trial version and only have it for one week. Here is my final result.

As you can see from the video, I ended up making three of these flowers. Each flower is folded from five different pieces of paper. Needless to say I had become extremely proficient at folding the petals by the time I got to the fifteenth petal. In my first Learning Project post I had mentioned I wanted to work my way to a multi-piece project so I’m happy to say I’ve achieved that goal. 

If anyone has any suggestions for good (free) Chromebook video editing software (that actually works), I would love to hear from you!

Oh and as an aside, because this was the day after Valentine’s Day, I tried folding a heart which I think is super cute. These little cuties might be popping up around the house, in my kids’ lunch boxes, in birthday cards, in the envelopes when I pay my bills…

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Learning Project: Shapes 4 & 5

🎵Baby Origami Shark Do Do Do-Do Do-Do🎵

This week I thought I’d give a shark a try. I was going to start with a great white shark first, but then I saw there was a video of a hammerhead shark so I thought I’d jump into the deep end (of the ocean) and give it the old college try. Let me start off by saying that was a big mistake. As you’ll see, it was a bit tougher than I anticipated. I guess the fact that it was a 12-minute video should have been the first hint it might be a bit more than I can handle. The video I chose was from the YouTube user Amazing Easy Origami – Yakomoga. This video was different than ones I’ve used in the past in that it was completely silent during folding. There was no illustration of folds or any sort of narration but the video was good quality with a clear and close view of the hands folding the shark. I’m not sure if it was the complexity of the folds or the lack of narration/illustration or some combination of them both, but I did not find this video as helpful as previous videos I have used. 

I chose my paper and got started. Right off the bat I realized I was folding the paper the wrong way so the white side of the paper was going to be on the outside. I was committed so I kept on…believe me, the white paper was going to be the least of my concerns. I kept on folding…

…and folding…

Until I finally got to the finished product. I’m hesitant to call it a hammerhead shark because, well, as you can see, it doesn’t look like much. The head was really difficult to fold because the more I folded, the smaller it got and the harder it was to make subsequent folds.

In case you can’t tell how awful it turned out from the side profile, here’s a shot of it from the front. Yikes!

This was a pretty complicated shape to fold and I think it must be beyond my ability level at this point. The video was 12 minutes which speaks to its complexity. Here’s what the head is supposed to look like:

Once I stopped laughing at how hideous my hammerhead is, I decided I should go back to my original plan and try the regular great white shark. This time I used a video by Wonpyo Lee – Origami&DIY. Again, this video did not have illustrations to show the folds, but it did have narration giving instructions. Unfortunately for me they were in Japanese (I think it’s Japanese). But the narrator’s voice is very soothing and I did enjoy listening to him for the entirety of the video.

This shape had some similarity to the hammerhead at the beginning, but was not nearly as complicated when it came to the head.

Turned out much better! I’m happy with how it looks. Here are my sharks together.

It would have been wise to start with the great white and then move to the hammerhead. I mentioned last week that I wanted to get bigger paper but I didn’t have a chance to pick any up. The hammerhead likely would have been easier with a bigger piece. I might revisit it again in the future to see if I can redeem myself.

I think next week I might try to venture away from the animal kingdom and try a flower of some sort. I would also like to try a t-rex at some point as I’ve seen that pop up a few times. But it may have to wait until I get that bigger paper because its teeny tiny arms look like they’d be difficult with the smaller pieces I have right now. I also noticed on the Wonpyo Lee – Origami&DIY YouTube page, he has some multi-paper pieces that almost look like tops (they can spin) that I would like to work up to. But those are weeks away. Until then I’ll just keep swimming… 🎵🎵🎵

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Learning Project: Shapes 2 & 3

What do Frogs do with Paper? Rip-it!

As promised last week, this week I thought I’d try folding an origami frog. I wanted to try this one because I liked that it can hop. In last week’s post I said I would pick random pieces of paper going forward but I just had to find a nice green piece for my frog.

It even looks like little frog feet on there!

I found a video on YouTube that was from a different user than last week. This week I tried a tutorial by Jo Nakashima. Similar to last week, I thought this was a really great video. It had a clear closeup of the folder’s hands as well as an illustration in the corner that showed the folds.

This one did not have any narration but due to the simplicity of the folds, I didn’t think it really needed it. I liked this video because it was short (only four minutes) and easy to follow along. The final product looked pretty similar to the final frog in the video so I think I did an okay job. My youngest kiddo loved that it jumped and added it to his collection of paper cranes that he has claimed.

So once I completed the frog I felt like I needed to try another folded piece because the frog was about the same difficulty level as last week’s cranes. I want to get better and better each week which I know won’t happen unless I try progressively harder and harder shapes. I decided to try folding an origami butterfly as it looked like it might be a bit more difficult. This time I tried following a YouTube tutorial posted by Basteln mit Papier (I think it’s a German user). As with the other two tutorials I watched, this video was a closeup of the folder’s hands. However, this video did not have the illustration of the folds which I think hindered the process. Although the folder completed the folds at a nice, slow pace, due to the complexity of some of the folds, I think an illustration would have been useful. I had to pause and rewind the video a few times to understand what the fold was. I appreciated the length of this video at four and a half minutes.

My final butterfly was not as pretty as the one in the video.

I believe I’ve mentioned it before but I think I might need to get bigger paper for some of the more complicated shapes. Next week I’m going to try to fold a shark as it looks like it might be a step up in difficulty. I’m also going to see if I can find any tutorials for the following week that are not on YouTube just to see what else is out there.

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Learning Project: Shape 1

The Crane Game

Last night I decided to try folding my first origami paper crane. I did a search on YouTube to see if I could find a good tutorial video and pretty much the first video that popped up was the video I used. There were so many different videos and, I eventually discovered, paper cranes are probably one of the easiest shapes to fold so I don’t believe it would have made much of a difference which video I chose.

Once I found my tutorial video, next step was choosing a piece of paper from my paper pad. One would think one could just randomly pull any piece of paper, but not I! As a classic overthinker, I had to consider what message I wanted to convey with my chosen piece. Should I go bright or neutral? Big, bold print or small, intricate detail? See! Such an overthinker! If I’m going to make the number of shapes I think I am over the course of this project, I’m going to have to reign my overthinking in. Going forward I may just close my eyes to pick the piece to avoid future overthinking delays. So, this is the piece I decided on.

Netural colour with a relatively bold print

Now to get folding. The video states the difficulty level for origami paper cranes is a 3 out of 10 so I think it’s a good shape for someone starting out, like me.  

I think it turned out pretty good. The head is a bit wonky but not bad for my first shot. I decided that to say I truly learned how to fold paper cranes, I had to be able to fold it by memory. So I tried a second one with the goal of not consulting the tutorial video. I was almost successful as I had to check it once for a quick reminder.

Love the colours on this one

I think my second attempt turned out better than the first, especially the head.

This morning I wanted to test how well I had learned from the online tutorial and decided to try folding a third crane without consulting the video at all. 

Great success! That pesky head still leaves something to be desired, but with practise I’m sure it’ll shape up in no time (shape up…nudge nudge).

The YouTube channel that I found my video on is called Tavin’s Origami. Tavin seems to have lots of different video tutorials for many different shapes. I thought the video was very effective and well done. I did notice a few spelling mistakes on the opening screen which is always a pet peeve of mine, but I can overlook that. The video itself gave clear directions with step by step instructions and a clear video of hands folding paper into a crane. It also had a step by step drawing in the corner showing each fold. In addition there was a narrator to explain each step. This combination of instruction is useful for both visual and auditory learners. I would definitely use Tavin’s Origami again. In fact I’m tempted to search through this channel to find other pieces to fold but I think it would be best to try another source for my next piece for comparison. That being said, I will definitely be revisiting this channel.

Next up…origami frog. I hear they even jump!