Book Review: Japanese Paper Crafting

Japanese paper crafting

If you’ve always been curious about washi paper, you’re in luck because this book is for you! Japanese Paper Crafting by Michael LaFosse will teach you how to create washi paper as well as uses for it!

You can use wash to create your own awards and writing letters, especially when using calligraphy. Another surprising use of wash is that you can create Shoji Screens – a type of room partition or divider – these paper walls help organize life into pleasant, illuminated, harmonious spaces. Also you can use washi paper to make containers, wrapping paper, book covers, lanterns, and kites.

If you don’t want to make washi paper, there are instructions to make the famous origami crane, envelopes, vase cover, and decorative boxes. Washi paper simply inspire beauty in our lives and it’s fun to make!



Book Review: Origami Animal Sculpture

origami animal sculpture

(FYI This book is for advanced origami enthusiasts, aka teenagers and adults!)

Origami Animal Sculpture, by John Szinger is a wonderful advanced origami book for ones who want to create lifelike and expressive origami models inspired by nature. Individuals who are detail oriented and able to stick with a long instruction sequence will find the results extremely rewarding as you’ll have the opportunity to practice patience and teens will have a leg up when they take geometry. The nerds in geometry class will have fun calculating all the angles and fully comprehend the mathematical principles it would take to create these models.

My favorite ones are the octopus and turtle.

Book Review: Origami Ikebana

origami ikebana

If you liked Origami Flowers, you’ll like Origami Ikebana by Benjamin John Coleman. Ikenbana is the long beloved flower arranging technique that honors nature and creates beauty through harmony and balance.

For those who don’t have a green thumb, like myself, you will find this book a godsend! You’ll learn how to fold 8 different leaves and more than 30 different flower types. What’s more, paper origami flowers won’t wither over time.

“Assembling Origami Ikebana” – an important section that explains – at a high level – how to combine all the pieces together into a beautiful arrangement. He discusses shape, heigh, perspective and color. Once you understand all the different principles, you’ll be able to let your imagination run while, creating your very own ikebana – for yourself, friends and family!