Welcome to our monthly "Origami Page". Origami is folding paper and ending up with delightful figures and models, such as flowers, boxes and animals. This feature will showcase a different origami model in each monthly issue, with diagrams and photos to help readers learn how to fold them. Most models use one square of paper, some use a rectangle, and others use more than one piece of paper.
This origami Evergreen Tree is easy to make. Use 3 squares for the tree layers. If you’d like to add a tree trunk use a 4th square, cut a little smaller than the three squares.
After attaching the units to each other, this 3-D tree is free-standing. That makes it a wonderful decoration for holiday displays. If more stability is desired, glue the tree trunk into an upside-down lid, which resembles a tree-stand.
For a 3-D greeting card, attach a folded tree to card-stock. Glue two layers flat and the other two layers will pop up, but lie flat for mailing.
A great way to dress up a holiday table is to make small trees and attach one each to place cards for each guest.
There are many ways to create visual variations of this model, primarily by using different kinds of paper. Patterned papers make colorful trees, and papers with edge designs can have stunning results.
If using white or solid color papers, decorate with markers. Or use colored pencils, glitter, sequins, or even colorful stickers. Use either a ‘white-out’ pen or a white paint-marker to create dots all over your tree for a snow-fall effect. For an overall design, draw on the paper before folding.
Happy Holidays and Happy Folding!
Origami originated in ancient Asian cultures and has been adapted by contemporary artists worldwide to reflect their own cultures. Local artist Mary Ellen Palmeri has incorporated paper folding into many of her mixed media art paintings, and teaches origami classes locally and nationally. Some of her work can be seen in a Tucson Happenings feature here: Artist_Profile
All of her Paper Dream Paintings can be seen in her Etsy shop where custom matted art prints of her original work can be purchased. Go to: www.etsy.com/shop/LyricFineArts
Ms. Palmeri's original origami models have been published in books and magazines, she has been featured on broadcast media, and her mixed-media fine art works often include various original origami models. Origami LAFF (Lyric Arts Folding Fest) is a Tucson based club founded by Ms. Palmeri to provide a venue for sharing this art. The group meets monthly at a local library; for more details please contact the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org