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animals: scottie


As soon as I saw this dog I knew I had to fold it! I love simple models! This model captures the essence of a scottie dog and is quick to fold. And easy! What can possibly top that?
I was planning on folding it with brown canson paper. I know I have some. Somewhere. I must’ve had stored it away to protect it. Having a cat and humidity next to paper insures a short life span. Adding to that, the more expensive the paper the more my cat likes it. Back to the paper, I couldn’t find it so I went with the first square cut paper I found: a beige grayish canson and a blue grayish paper which name eludes me at the moment. After that I found black paper and so a black scottie was born. I love the black scottie! Dark colors suit this model well!
I misread the diagram the first time so I made one extra fold that is quite visible on the first photo, on the bigger scottie. Oh, please do not be like me and actually ensure that the paper you use is square. My squares weren’t completely squares (they were off by a millimeter or so in smaller papers and by 2 or 3 millimeters on the bigger paper) so one of the ears of the scottie isn’t as pointy as it should be. In *all* models. You should always verify that the squares you cut are indeed squares. And so should I!

Scottie is authored by Marc Kirschenbaum.
More information on the model: a 6.5×6.5cm / 2.55×2.55″ square becomes a 3cm / 0.8″ tall by almost 5cm/ 2″ tail to muzzle scottie.
Wet folding offer good results because the final model does not open up. As long as it dries prevented from opening up, that is! I use a strip of paper, secured with tape, for that. Drying complete, strip away. Hmn, nice wording.
This diagram is available online! You can see the diagram by clicking at the preceding sentence.
I recommend dark colours and wet folding for this model but as long as you use a paper you like and enjoy folding anything is fine. Happy folding!

As usual, but even more than usual, I’ve been busy. That’s why there’s such a gap between posts! Now I’m taking any coffee break I can to post about models I have been folding. That or you get a post a year and that’s a no-no!
I’m just using paper leftovers, already cut in small squares, to fold models I like. Models simple enough to be foldable in little time. Since I like simple and small models it works fine. A back to basics or a less is more kind of approach.
So, busy people out there who like origami, these posts are for you!
These models are perfect for beginners too! They require little paper, little time and are easy to accomplish. Great to boost your confidence, add some nice folded figures to your collection or to give away!
And just so you know, actually, instead of a coffee break, it’s a tea break. I’m more of a tea person! Having some Earl Grey, Assam and green tea at my place ensures happiness. On winter, with cookies, and some folding, it’s pure bliss! :)


animals: cat (i)


This is the first of a series of cat posts. There will be a post with a variation of this cat and another post with a different model. If I get the time you’ll get to know even more cats! But, be aware, I can’t specify the time frame between posts! I’ll say no more since I’m owing some kusudama and flowers to the blog and to you, beautiful people who visit this blog even when I have so little time to update it.

TAKAI Hiroaki's cat and standing version

But I have a plan! To buy a transparent necessaire, or a neat transparent bag, for me to carry paper in the bus. This way while I travel back and forth I can fold units and put them somewhere where they are not squashed by my laptop or the books I carry. If I fold 5 units a day, and I use the bus at least two days a week, I can have a 30 unit kusudama in 3 weeks. Long? Yes, but I’m taking any available time to fold. Recently it’s a kusudama every 6 months, 3 weeks is no time at all!
I do not like to read in the bus and I have no time to fold, or so I though, so this is a hour per week, minimum, to fold!
This is the plan!
I’m sharing because, who knows, there can be someone like me out there! You want to fold, you have no time, and then you realize that you may squeeze some folds while commuting from home to work or school or whatever makes you commute. I’ve seen people knitting so it’s not out of this world. And knitting needles can be dangerous. Paper is secure. You can’t even smoke in buses so it’s as safe as it gets!
Oh, and I, or you, can fold while waiting for the bus! I love when I have these very basic yet grounded and obvious ideas.

Author of the cat: 高井弘明/ TAKAI Hiroaki.
About the cats: this is a simple version, there is another version, of a more detailed cat. I’ve learnt this cat, the simple, by unfolding a model used by a friend as an id plate. The one in the photo with the name. A friend of hers folded it, I saw it, took possession of it and tried my luck. I was lucky with the black and white cat. I then noticed that some folds were unnecessary and folded the calico cat.
Then, by chance, I saw a image named “cat by Eric Bergmark”. It’s made on a dollar bill with quite nice results since the o of one serve as a cat eye. On a side note: Is it me or I’m being pursued by one dollar bills? You can see the post on the asian dragon for further enlightenment about me and 1 US$. Returning to the cat: I consulted a nice friend of mine named google and it revealed the cat’s author. It’s on the Origami USA page: the cat in a calendar, nicely folded and even better photographed.
The google search also showed a standing cat so I tried folding it too: it’s the red cat. I also folded the cat from a square paper resulting in a kitten; when you control the paper sizes of different models it turns out quite nice!

The almost white cats are wet folded and are made with heavy paper. 100grams per square meter. As you can see the back of the model holds no charm.
Paper ratio: 1:1, or a square paper, gives you a kitten; a 1:1.5 ratio is fine for either the standing or normal cats. The normal cat can be made with ratios closer to 1:1. It depends on how you like your cats, longer or shorter.
The light brown grayish cats are the last I made. I loved folding them! Made with wet folded canson.
Kitten: paper is 5x5cm/ 1.96×1.96″; model is 2.5cm/ 1″ tall and 3.5cm/ 1.35″ wide.
Standing cat, longer tail: paper is 9x14cm/ 3.55×5.50″; model is 7cm/ 2.75″ tall and 5.5cm/ 2.15″ wide. (curled tail)
Standing cat, short tail: paper is 9x12cm/ 3.55×4.70″; model is 6.5cm/ 2.55″ tall and 5.5cm/ 2.15″ wide. (pointy tail)
Normal cat: paper is 9x12cm/ 3.55×4.70″; model is 9cm/ 3.55″ tall and 4.5cm/ 1.75″ wide.
The smaller side of the rectangle gives you control about the head size!
The diagram is available online. It has japanese text but it’s so easy to follow that you can just ignore it! Link on the first phrase.

I hope you like this cat. I’m going for simple things! The easier to fold, the better. Also, you may ignore my rumblings; but I hope they help you or somebody else!

wet folding & little terrier


These are some dogs I folded a few months ago to try out the wet folding technique. The little terrier is simple enough to fold and in wet folding you can add more expression to the model; I didn’t quite get it in the first model but I enjoyed the little details you can add. As soon as I get myself some free time I’ll do it again!
The paper I used was some scraps of mi-teintes canson I had; any canson like paper is good for this model and this technique, like fabriano paper. The bigger the paper the stiffer it can be and the smaller the less unless you want to do it the hard way.
The model is little terrier of Francisco Javier Caboblanco, such a nice doggie! Since I have found the diagram on the net, I’ll share it here too. Unless I’m told to remove it because of copyright issues.

little terrier in canson mi-teintes

little terrier in canson mi-teintes

Quick resume of the wet folding technique
You’ll need a base to humidify the paper, a sprayer with clean water, a clean sponge or towel (whatever works best for you; I use a small towel), the paper. It helps if you had already folded the model or have studied the diagram; when wet folding you need to be fast or you’ll end up with a paper too dry to fold or you’ll damp the paper too much because you keep spraying it.
I cut the squares first because I don’t damp the paper limits that much but you may damp the paper first and cut the squares after that. To damp the paper you spray it evenly with the water; after that you’ll pass the towel or the sponge. This spreads the water evenly and absorbs the excess water. If the paper is too big or too stiff/ heavy you may turn the sheet over and repeat but with less water.
You now have a dampened paper that feels weird to fold: congratulations! You just have to remind yourself that when wet folding you use your fingers and don’t press much. Don’t use your nails and don’t drag your fingers/nails to crease the fold! The objective is to have a model that is life like and creased fold marls wipe that way.

If you are folding little terrier, now you fold the faster and the more accurate you know and you’ll end up shaping the torso, ears and tail of the dog. Experiment a lot and have fun. If you end up with something that doesn’t resemble a dog, well that happens! The next one will be more appealing! You may want to use something to keep the dog shape (like springs or paper clips) until it dries. After dried it keeps its shape for quite a long time, I’ve heard that for years but I can’t guarantee that.

You may also want to try ranoshi by David Derudas; I read that it’s an appropriate model for wet folding. Last time I checked his site it was remodelling and the model was nowhere to be found but keep trying and may find it on-line somewhere. Also, feel free to search around about the wet folding technique: you’ll find more and better explanations than mine!
This is also the fist time I used paper as background for the photos. It gives a more live feeling to the dogs than the usual background, in my humble opinion that is.