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Origami Folds and Terms

While the process of paper folding seems simple at first glance, it is important to make sure you understand how to perform the various origami folds that are combined in order to create a model. Knowing the difference between a valley fold and a mountain fold and understanding basic origami terminology such as blintzing the paper makes it possible to accurately replicate the projects you see online and in various origami books.

A Brief Guide to the Different Types of Origami
Learn more about the many different types of origami that you can enjoy as you develop your folding skills.

A Guide to Understanding Origami Diagrams
A brief guide to some of the common symbols and terms you can expect to find in origami diagrams.

Types of Origami Folds
Learning how to identify the most common origami folds is an essential part of becoming proficient in the art of paper folding.

Types of Origami Bases
This guide will help you understand some of the most popular origami base forms used in paper folding projects for beginners.

How to Make Square Origami Paper
Learn an easy method of making square origami paper from a sheet of printer paper. This is a handy trick to know when working with printable origami paper designs.

Blintzing
Learn about the blintz fold and how it is used to create the windmill base in origami.

Origami Crease Patterns
Origami crease patterns, in addition to being beautiful works of art, tell a story of their own about the magic of paper folding.

A Guide to Origami Wet Folding
Wet folding is a technique used to sculpt paper and provide curves that would be possible using traditional origami. The technique was invented by Akira Yoshizawa.

Origami Tessellations: Awe-Inspiring Geometric Designs
Origami tessellations are a fascinating subset of paper folding. This unique approach to origami was pioneered by artists such as Eric Gjerde and Robert J. Lang.

How to Fold Paper Into Thirds
Learn a simple math formula that can be used to fold paper into thirds when you are making your favorite origami models.

Origami and Copyright Laws: What Paper Folders Need to Know
Learn how copyright law applies to origami diagrams.

About the Origami Blintz Base
This slideshow will outline how to fold the origami blintz base and give examples of different projects that you can make using the blintz base form.

About the Origami Kite Base
Learn how to fold an origami kite base and discover what projects you can make using the kite base form.

About the Origami Balloon Base
This slideshow will outline how to fold the origami balloon base and give examples of different projects that you can make using the balloon base form.

About the Origami Organ Base
Discover what projects you can make using the origami organ base form.

About the Origami Square Base
Discover what projects you can make using the origami square base form.

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