Origami Bonsai Kit: Create Beautiful Botanical Sculptures

Overview

By merging two iconic Japanese art forms—origami and bonsai—Benjamin Coleman sparked an exciting evolution in paper folding, and made a name for himself in both the origami world and on the burgeoning Etsy landscape. Now, Origami Bonsai Kit makes it possible for paper folders at every level to create Coleman's unique botanical sculptures at home by folding delicate paper flowers and leaves and attaching them to natural branches.

Coleman uses the innovative "glow-fold" method and...

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Overview

By merging two iconic Japanese art forms—origami and bonsai—Benjamin Coleman sparked an exciting evolution in paper folding, and made a name for himself in both the origami world and on the burgeoning Etsy landscape. Now, Origami Bonsai Kit makes it possible for paper folders at every level to create Coleman's unique botanical sculptures at home by folding delicate paper flowers and leaves and attaching them to natural branches.

Coleman uses the innovative "glow-fold" method and utilizes color to identify exactly which part of the model to fold in any given step making it easy for beginning folders to create exquisite bonsai paper art. In addition to sharing his revolutionary paper crafting techniques, Coleman also shows you how to select natural twigs, branches, and stones—and how to assemble them into a lifelike finished sculpture.

Origami Bonsai Kit includes:

  • Full-color step-by-step instructions for 8 different mix-and-match flower forms and 4 different types of leaves
  • Enough custom-designed folding paper (full-color on both sides) to create more than 400 flowers and leaves
  • A DVD featuring more than three hours of instructional footage by Coleman himself
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I love to be able to recommend the best for my readers, and Benjamin's unique talent of merging two Japanese art forms- origami and bonsai, creates an exciting new form of paper art! This unique book "kit" will teach you the art step-by-step with simple illustrated tutorials, and even a DVD to help you along! You can create beautiful delicate paper flowers and leaves and essentially create your own unique paper bonsai!" — Suzy's Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom

"I've purchased a few origami flower kits in the past and the paper with this kit is by far the best suited for creating lifelike flowers." —About.com Origami

"Origami Bonsai is lovely, as are all of Ben's books, instructional DVDs, and paper creations." — Ann Martin, All Things Paper

"I can't wait to make more of these origami bonsai sculptures as center pieces for our Thanksgiving dinner and for holiday decorations. Perhaps I could also give them out as holiday gifts. I think this kit itself makes a great holiday gift to people who loves craft projects as well!" —Yuki's Origami Blog

"With the holidays approaching, folding an origami bonsai would be more thoughtful than spending hours at the mall or online. Highly recommend!" — Cindy Ng, Origami Blog

"This origami kit from Tuttle Publishing contains several tools to teach you how to make unbelievable floral designs and sculptures." — Dana Byerwalter, All Free Paper Crafts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784805312414
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Edition description: Book and Kit with DVD
  • Sales rank: 831,705
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin John Coleman has been hooked on origami since his father brought home an origami book in 1974. His hobby kicked into high gear in 2006, when he left his teaching career and made the creation of origami bonsai his new way of life. He is the author of several books, including Origami Bonsai and Advanced Origami Bonsai.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
How to Use This Book
Understanding Glow-Fold Diagrams
Preparing Paper for Folding
Symbols, Tips, and Tools
The Rotundifolius Leaf
The Ficus Leaf
The Berlin Poplar Leaf
The Ivy leaf
Folding the Basic Flower Form
The Black Eyed Susan
The Primrose
The Foxglove
The Buttercup
The Pumpkin Flower
The Morning Glory
Using Flowers in Assemblies
Finding Twigs and Stones
Assembling Sculptures

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