Thank you for being patient with me as I learn the ins and outs of blogging.
So far....some mistakes.....a lot of fun! :0)
- Fold a piece of paper in half.
- Fold in half again but only make a small crease to show the midpoint. Fold the bottom right corner upwards to make a 60° angle at the midpoint (begin to fold into thirds).
- Fold the bottom left corner upwards to meet with the folded right-edge of the paper.
- Trim the excess paper to form a cone shape.
- Make several cuts out of the cone shape and then unfold to discover your paper snowflake. Be careful not to cut too much - that will cause the entire snowflake to fall apart.
Note that cutting half-a-heart will open to reveal a heart cutout. Similarly, cutting a semicircle will reveal a circle; and cutting a triangle will produced a diamond shape.
I am sorry about the ads above, but I can't figure out how to copy the visuals without it!
Go to their website - they have many good tutorials on origami and kirigami.
I like to use scratch paper when first making a design. That way if I make a wrong cut, or don't like the result, I haven't used any of my "good" paper.
TIP: BUT don't be afraid to use that good paper. It isn't doing any good sitting in a drawer and getting old.
Here are some samples to play with. These designs are visually set up so you start with your kirigami folded triangle, with the long tip at the bottom. The top of the designs are the uneven paper at the top of the triangle.
Now try some traditional "snowflake" type cuts. There are just so many fun things you can do with this base.
TIP: When you make a cut at the very tip of the base form, you get a lovely little flower shape. Save these to add later as the centers to paper flowers or stamped cards.
Here are some photos of kirigami that I have made:
Tomorrow we will discuss all the fun ways to use kirigami, and how to add kirigami to compliment rubber stamping, cooking, and scrapbooking!
Laugh today! It will improve your blood pressure, stress, and feelings of depression!
Here are a couple of photos to get you started. This is Tanner our current Great Dane.
He is asleep...