Origami - Not just an average entertaining art
Origami is not just an entertaining art but also holds many moral lessons.
Origami is an art that originated from Japan, where you fold square papers in many types of materials into incredible 3D arts. The most impressive is the wet Origami arts.
Origami's association with the Vietnamese childhoods
When I was young, I used to buy colourful stacks of papers to fold into stars and believed that when I folded one thousand of them, all my wishes would come true. I even used 500VND papers to fold into small shirts and cranes.
The 500VND papers were very popular back then due to their eye-catching red colour.
Back then, just like many generations of young Vietnamese, I did not know what Origami was. But now I know that it is an art "immigrated" from another country into Vietnam.
In the kindergarten that my child is currently going to in Japan, Origami is also taught during the art class.
Different from the art classes back then when we needed to have glue, scissor, and paper to create "works of art", with Origami you only need a piece of paper and meticulous hands.
A square piece of paper is enough for a masterpiece
Any type of paper can be used in Origami
Originally in Japan, they used colourful square papers to fold Origami. But now I notice that everyone fold Origami with many different types of paper. Even a newspaper can be used to fold into spirited arts.
The special thing about Origami is that anyone can be an "artisan" and turn 2D papers into 3D abstract works of art.
Which type of paper should I choose as an Origami lover?
I have folded Origami using many types of paper such as newspaper, kami paper, pearl luster crumpled paper, kraft paper, etc. as long as they are square-ish. Among them, I like using the Canson paper the best to fold wet Origami.
The Canson paper is not too thick and has great water-resistant so it is most suitable for folding wet Origami, even though its main function is for drawing.
When you spray water onto its surface, the water spreads evenly on the surface but does not get absorbed all the way to the other side. The paper also retains its durability and does not crumble or get lumped up.
Normal people would see no difference between wet and dry Origami arts. However, in the eyes of "Origami artisans", the wet Origami folding is a lot more soulful.
Moreover, thanks to the wet paper, I can easily adjust the shapes while folding, as if I am sculpting a piece of art. With wet Origami arts, sometimes you will need to use paper clips and tapes to hold their shape.
Origami is a great teacher of moral lessons
With Origami, I need to complete a piece of art within a fixed period of time, meaning I cannot leave a piece unfinished and return to it another time. Thanks to that, I learn how to manage my time effectively.
I have folded paper cranes in many sizes, from 1cm to 10cm. Learning to fold tiny cranes, 1 cm in size was not easy. I was so frustrated when I first started learning to fold such small shapes.
But after some time as I patiently learned, each mini Origami sparked great joy for me since I was able to overcome these self-imposed challenges. Thanks to that, I learned how to become more patient and meticulous with my work.
For me, Origami is my childhood, a great entertaining art after a hard day's work, and, above all else, a great teacher that taught me patience and effective time management.
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