Choosing the right Origami paper

The right origami Paper

For mastering any origami model it is essential to be able to fold the model many times, so the kind of origami paper chosen will be important for the successful development of the project piece, although the paper used for a sketch can be a low cost paper, which can be purchased in rolls of several sizes, or you can used the thin tracing or drafting thumbnail stock, called butter paper.


When learning a complex origami model, the search for just the correct origami paper for the final piece may take some time. Narrow you search for the correct choice by starting a collection of labeled scraps or samples, noting on each your likes and dislikes, successes or failures. All this search and practice leads up to the big moment when you finally possess the skill, the vision, and the perfect paper to execute your project.


Also keep in mind that after investing time and effort designing and executing an origami masterpiece, it is desired that the work lasts, so the origami paper used is critical and we should pay attention to ensure that the paper used is made of resistant fibers, it is acid free, it contains only good quality coloring agents, among other features. For that reason, many origami artists create their own paper, ensuring their art will last for generations.

Existing origami papers

Because of the tremendous selection of papers is available today, the selection process of the right one for a project can sometimes be confusing, so here’s a simple guide to easy-to-find the right origami paper:


Bond paper is rigid and smooth, it contains some amount of cotton rag and it has become within the category multipurpose office paper; it is a good all-purpose origami paper for designing and practicing most simple to intermediate origami designs; It is ideal for folding paper airplanes; It is perfect for creating folding envelopes, folded cards, boxes and containers; we can get it with a good price and in different formats, but It is not suitable for complex miniatures; only the best, acid-free, 100 percent rag varieties are suitable for permanent pieces, Colors are limited.




Kraft paper is usually brown with longer fibers. It is name comes from its manufacturing process; it is cheap and it is commonly sold in rolls, so it is widely used to explore large-scale works; Their colors fade quickly; It looks old after a time of exposure to bright light; and it is not suitable for complex models or permanent pieces.




Kami means “paper” in Japanese and this term is used to indicate most common types of origami paper, used for origami experimentation and crafts purposes. Standard packs have from twenty to forty colors, in sizes ranging from 1 to 14 inches (4 to 35.5 cm).




Washi paper refers to any of the thousands of kind of handmade Japanese origami paper; it may be printed or plain, thick or thin, crisp or soft; since these hand-made papers are often made in small batches, or lots, with ingredients that vary with each growing season, the changes in conditions, techniques, and personnel compounds to yield different qualities and characteristics; consequently, specific types of handmade papers often are unobtainable, out-of-stock, discontinued, or off-quality. It is recommended to purchase and store a good supply of your favorite and trusted kinds, avoiding Imitation papers with poor quality sell even in Japan.




Unryu and Chirigami paper are decorative, usually from Kozo (mulberry) fiber, with bits of bark or strands of under-beaten fibers. These origami papers make great background for mounted or framed paper art, because it is difficult to work with them in models with multiple folds.




Gami paper is glossy, somewhat translucent, made from strong fibers from plants in the Daphne genus; these origami papers are available in many sizes and thicknesses; they are splendid for folding origami plants and flowers; can be buy in natural sheet and color them; it can be used for wet or dry origami projects.




Rice paper, which is not made with rice precisely, is often used to refer to any Oriental origami paper, often white, thin paper. Avoid the paper for serious work.




Yuzen paper, it is general name for silk-screen-printed decorative origami paper; it is soft and cloth-like; weeding favors, party decorations, and color-coordinated gift boxes folded are quite is rarely use printed paper for animals or plant subjects, unless the pattern is integral to the model.




Chiyogami paper, it is decorative Japanese origami paper, where peaceful depictions of rural life and pastoral settings grace Asian-themed-parties. Rarely would we use them for origami art, but it is used for elegant wrapping decorations, envelopes, and backgrounds.




Paper money is widely used for origami projects and there are hundreds of designs; the U.S. dollar is the most popular for these purposes, but other kinds, each with their own specific dimensions, have their following. It is thick but string, these papers are suitable for simple to intermediate folding. Do not hesitate to employ wet-folding techniques! Use new bills where possible. Patterns, shape, and color all figure into the final product.




If you enjoy paper, you will enjoy the adventure of discovering rare fibers and exotic blends. Learn as much as you can about each of the papers you like to work with. Purchase extra sheets when learning about a new paper. Keep samples and record results. Be ever alert to new kinds, and do not hesitate to experiment!

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