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                   SORTS OF ORIGAMI PAPERS

The only thing you really need for origami is paper, paper and paper. You're hands are the
only tools you need. There are countless sorts of papers people can choose for a model,
because everybody has his own taste according to colors/styles etc. The paper used for
a model doesn't have to be real origami paper, almost every type of paper is suitable for
folding a great model.

Typical Japanese folding papers

real japanese origami paper
japanese origami paper
typical japanese origami paper  
origami paper with typical japanese flower print 

Most of these japanese papers have a detailed pattern with tiny flowers, hearts, stars
and other cute stuff. These papers are great for folding kimono's and boxes:

origami box on a pink polka dot background

japanese origami kimono doll

Standard/Normal origami paper
These are papers with one solid color and
most times the backside is completely white.
A standard origami paper is 6x6 inch.
These papers have bright colors, the colors
of the rainbow. Smart designers can make
great models out of these one colored papers,
shade also does a lot:

pink origami pig by Ronald Koh
origami sleeping panda
sweet red origami rose bouquet with bow around stems
box with 1000 standard origami papers

    Gorgeous Roses More info    Sleeping Panda  More info          Pig by Ronald Koh   More info

Choosing the right color is very important for these models, because you only can choose
one + maybe the white backside.

(Colored) A4 papers
Most A4 papers are great for origami and it's easy to cut a square out of it.
Or, if you need a real large paper, just glue some A4 papers together and you have
one large folding paper.
I made these models with A4 papers:

large modular origami cube
origami milk carton
cute origami daffodils on a pink polka dot background

    I made these cute daffodils             First, I made large squares           I made this milk carton of one
    completely with A4 papers.             from A4 papers. Then, I folded     a4 paper, after I've printed a
                                                                 these squares into origami           cow pattern on it.
                                                                 stripes which are woven all          

Wrapping Paper
Most wrapping papers have modern patterns
in bright/happy colors. And it's easy to fold
large models with them, like a party hat,
shopping bag or even a complete dress.
Wrapping paper is great for creating
origami fashion models, many people use
it for this purpose.
And another advantage is that most
wrapping papers are pretty cheap to buy.

polka dot wrapping papers in various colors
origami wrapping paper dress
origami christmas wreath
origami bracelets

    Bracelets  More info             Christmas Wreath More info     Dress    More info

Printing (online) papers yourself
The computer + printer has made it very easy for people to design their own special

origami papers and print them out on A4 papers. Nowadays we don't depend on
shops anymore, we can make a pattern which fits exactly to one model if we want.
At are many great printable patterns which you can print for free:

origami paper with tiny pink hearts
origami paper with tiny stars pattern
valentine origami paper with blue heart print

Newspaper Origami
Instead of a newspaper manipulating you with all written nonsense, you can manipulate
the newspaper yourself by releasing ancient japanese folding techniques on it.
Almost all existing origami models have been folded with newspapers too,
we all have a few old newspapers in the house and it's easy to fold large models out
of them:

newspaper origami skirt
newspaper origami horse
newspaper origami earring
newspaper origami dress

   Newspaper skirt                Newspaper horse                                    Newspaper dress                  Newspaper earring
   More info               More info                              More info                  More info

Newspapers can be very handy when you're somewhere and there's nothing else to do,
maybe the others will join you if they see what great stuff you've just created from those
old newspapers...

Post-It Sticky Notes

pack with colored Post-it papers
sticky note origami animals
tiny sticky note origami boxes

Sticky notes are great for                                                                                   Cute boxes
folding cute and easy models.                                                                             more info
They come in many different colours,
and some people even made books
with sticky note folding instructions
Folding with Post It notes is
also called office-origami sometimes
(for people who have nothing to do                                                                     Sticky note animals
at work)                                                                                                                More info

Folding with real Banknotes

Money folding is one of the most popular variations next to folding with 'normal' papers.
Some artists concentrate on money folding only and almost never fold with normal papers.
You might think that it's not possible folding real advanced models with banknotes,
because the papers are much smaller then standard origame paper size, but these are some
models to show this is not the case really:

dollar bill origami dragon
dollar bill origami cat
money origami pony

    Dragon    more info               Cat (Roman Diaz)  more info       Pony (Dominik Meissner) more info

Some artists use the patterns and/or colours on the banknotes to give their models
extra recognisable details:

dollar bill origami fish
money origami cherries

                                                   Fish  More info                          Cherries     More info

Kawaii Origami Paper

Kawaii papers have very cute and colorful patterns:

kawaii origami paper with fashionable girls print
pink kawaii origami paper with tiny flower print
kawaii origami paper with animal print
pokemon kawaii origami paper

This kind of models are made from kawaii papers:

kawaii origami strawberries
kawaii origami lucky stars

pink kawaii origami earrings

         Pink earrings  more info     Strawberries    more info              Lucky Stars + Kusudama more info

And a very popular variation is
Kawaii Hello Kitty Origami paper:

cute hello kitty origami paper
pink hello kitty origami paper
kawaii origami hello kitty paper

Foil Paper

origami foil papers

This paper has shiny foil on one side and the backside is completely white. It's easy
to make very sharp folding lines with these papers and the models get a metallic and
shiny look:

foil paper origami christmas tree
foil paper origami butterfly earrings

   Christmas Tree  more info     Butterfly earrings  more info    Modular Ball   more info

foil paper origami modular ball

Make paper yourself

handmade origami papers

If you have plenty of time and really like handwork, you can make your own papers.
Some origami artists do it too, I've never tried it myself, but some papers really look
very cool:

pink handmade origami paper
handmade origami paper with tiny star pattern
handmade origami paper with tiny hearts and polka dots

    More info here                    More info here                      More info here

The internet is filled with articles and instructions for handmade papers, these are
some I found:

Wikipedia - Papermaking

How to make homemade paper

Potty paper Origami

This is one step to far for me, but if you wanna hide in the toilet for a while, you don't
have to get bored anymore:

toilet paper origami magnolia

toilet paper origami dragon

                                                        Toilet paper dragon   More info

            Magnolia  More info

Some people even make
toilet-paper (wedding)dresses

girl in toilet paper origami dress
toilet paper origami wedding dress

                                                  Wedding Dress   More info           Toilet paper dress  More info

So, almost every type of paper is suitable for folding great models (also: business-cards,
tissue papers, magazines, flyers etc.)
There's always something in reach for people who can't hold their hands still.

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