Folding the Olive Leaf Attracting Pollinators Origami Paper for Flowers

Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine

Volume 4 Issue 1

Copyright 2012 Benjamin John Coleman

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Editor’s Note Folding the Olive Leaf Attracting Pollinators 2 6 13

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I also built an origami sculpture for an advertisement. In a perfect world rent. If Sunday doesn’t work for you. please call before coming. Origami Bonsai continues to grow in popularity. You may not have noticed. completed two new books and collaborated on a third. but my Origami Bonsai related documents on Scribd have been read more than a half million times! I hope you enjoy this issue. sadly economic reality demands that I earn enough to pay for these expenses. When I started writing this month’s issue I was still in my old studio. and I have open studio hours on Sundays from noon until 4 pm. This makes it much easier to visit. I am now in a first floor studio with more space and direct access to the street. If you’re in Rhode Island and would like to visit.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 Copyright 2012 Benjamin John Coleman Editor’s Note by Ben Coleman I’ve been awfully busy lately and I apologize that I haven’t had more time to devote to this magazine. Benjamin John Coleman 2 . I’m sure I’ll be around. In the past few months I’ve Gallery area of the new Origami Bonsai studio. What continues to amaze me is that I am able to do it through my art and through endeavors related to it. food. Sincerely. please come by. and clothing would be free.

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Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 Copyright 2012 Benjamin John Coleman Folding the Olive Leaf The olive leaf’s folding pattern revealed itself as I was developing content for this issue of the magazine. You may also want to try folding it without veins for a little bit different look. The olive leaf has a highly desirable. which means you should pay special attention to the position of the branchlets as you design your sculpture. It can be folded either with. The olive leaf has a particularly short stem. Click above to play a video that shows how to fold the olive leaf. You can fold your leaves with longer stems. a pointy tip. 6 . oval shape. you’ll lose the oval look for an entirely different one. however. I’m not sure why I didn’t discover it sooner. or without.

2 Fold and then unfold your paper in half diagonally and then flip it. 3 Fold the corners toward the center as shown.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 Copyright 2012 Benjamin John Coleman 1 Begin with the colored (leaf) side of your paper facing up. 7 .

Flip it. fold the top corner down to create a more rounded leaf tip. 8 .Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 Copyright 2012 Benjamin John Coleman 4 Fold the lower outside corners to the center as shown. 6 Fold your model in half on the fold you made in step 2. this time aligning each lower edge with the fold you made in step 2. Optionally. 5 Your model should look like this.

9 . 9 Fold the bottom tip up as shown. so you can feel where this fold should be made more than you can see it. 8 Unfold the fold you made in step 6 and then flip your model.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 Copyright 2012 Benjamin John Coleman 7 Fold and then unfold 4 or 5 parallel folds as shown. These folds will represent veins in your leaf. This fold is made just below the thickest layers of paper in the leaf.

Notice that the dashed fold lines don’t extend all the way to the edge of the paper. That’s because two pockets get formed by these folds. 12 Crush fold the pockets which formed in step 11. See the next step.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 Copyright 2012 Benjamin John Coleman 10 Fold the tip back down leaving a gap. 10 . 11 Narrow the stem by folding the edges in as shown.

Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 Copyright 2012 Benjamin John Coleman 15 Pinch fold your stem closed and then flip it. 11 . 16 Push the surface of your leaf into the stem as shown to complete your leaf.

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tend to have flowers with unimpeded access from above. It should help you develop a better understanding of how and where you A bee collects pollen from a wildflower. flowers in your sculptures to achieve a natural look. like bees. it is important that we understand why plants grow the way they do. The stem. 13 . When I photographed it I noticed ants climbing up and flowers of these plants mostly down the main stem.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 Copyright 2012 Benjamin John Coleman Attracting Pollinators In order to accurately portray nature in our work. much like an airport is. This article will help you understand the relationship between some plants and their pollinators. Those that attract flying pollinators. There are seldom leaves or other overlapping protrusions which This variety of honeysuckle produces flowers close to the main would interfere with wings. That is. Notice that the flower is located well should position above the closest leaf. Perhaps they were acting as pollinators. Pollinators are attracted to flowers by their color and scent – the same things which attract us! It is probably fair to say that. the flowers are positioned to facilitate takeoff and landing. plants have adapted themselves to specific pollinators. over time.

14 . iris. leaves. or are separated from. So how can we mimic this sort of flower configuration? Perhaps the best place to start is by looking closely at a real plant.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 Copyright 2012 Benjamin John Coleman tower above. examples of large single flowers. Rhododendron and Hydrangea are probably most common. however there may be a plant that produces even smaller clusters as close as your refrigerator. clustered flower. thorns and other growths. To a flying pollinator. with few impediments to airborne insects surround us. Broccoli and cauliflower are both plants that produce this type of small. to tulip. Which begs the question. these flowers represent little aircraft carriers above a sea of foliage. daffodil and marigold. and lily. From the impatiens. These large flowers are easy for a pollinator to spot. are there plants that produce small flowers that compete for the same pollinators? It turns out that there are many varieties of plants that produce clusters of small flowers which attract the same pollinators as those that produce large flowers. A cluster of origami flowers with makigami stamens. Examples of these sorts of flowers are common. In this example I’ll use a local wildflower that produces a canopy of blossoms.

Perhaps looking at flower before it has bloomed will reveal its structure. Each flower must be connected to a shoot and each shoot must be connected to some sort of support.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 Copyright 2012 Benjamin John Coleman Notice how the cluster of flowers seem to form a graceful curve. the engineering required to achieve this is formidable. This is a common configuration. At left you see a photo of an array of tiny flower buds. 15 . However. and then finally connected to a branchlet. almost as if they’re part of a sphere.

16 . Sometimes the shoots attach directly to a stem.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 Copyright 2012 Benjamin John Coleman Notice the structure. This is a highly complex structure which will be hard to mimic. A similar flower from last year. and finally to the main stem. The clusters of shoots then attach to a branchlet which then attach to more branchlets. Each bud is attached to a shoot. and sometimes they attach to another shoot.

You should also make the components of your sculpture including makigami stems. Cut a tiny hole in the bud of each of your flowers. In this example I made shoots in three sizes. 2. branchlets and shoots for flowers. The first step in the process is to make as many flowers as your sculpture will require. Make sure the hole isn’t too big as it needs to be tight enough to hold the flower in place as you engineer your assembly. 17 .Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 Copyright 2012 Benjamin John Coleman Engineering a Cluster of Flowers 1.

Use the assembly you made in step 3 to determine the position of the shoot. Do not glue the flower in place as you will need to remove it before you paint your makigami assembly. 4. Insert a shoot into the hole you created in step 2.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 Copyright 2012 Benjamin John Coleman 3. Insert a flower onto the main stem of your sculpture. 18 .

19 . Repeat steps 3 through five for your next flower.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 Copyright 2012 Benjamin John Coleman 5. 6. Notice how the petals of my flowers have developed a slight curve. Once you’ve determined the position. cut the shoot and glue it to the main stem.

Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 Copyright 2012 Benjamin John Coleman 7. My fifth flower completes the assembly. My fourth shoot and flower extends the curve in another direction. 8. 20 .

Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 Copyright 2012 Benjamin John Coleman 9. Complete the sculpture as you normally would. Remove the flowers and paint your makigami assembly. each with shoots for five flowers. Here’s the completed makigami assembly for my sculpture. 10. I have two clusters. 21 .

Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 Copyright 2012 Benjamin John Coleman The completed sculpture. 22 .

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or worse.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 Copyright 2012 Benjamin John Coleman Origami Paper for Flowers by Ben Coleman I think I’ve dreamed about manufacturing origami paper since the day I folded my first flower. Please don’t misunderstand. Worst of all. it isn’t possible to print it on both sides. No matter which folding pattern I used. I began investigating manufacturing origami paper about three years ago. Luckily I continued my research and eventually found several printers that were willing to try. because origami paper is thin. Regular origami paper works. the expert said the paper wouldn’t dry. 24 . I remember turning to painting because I couldn’t find suitable paper. expensive. and time consuming. but it doesn’t create a convincing flower. Packing the paper was a lot of work. I love painting. I ended up with white paper peeking through petals. Specifically. it’s a barrier for people who want to fold beautiful flowers but don’t want to make a big investment in time and money. I was told by a printing expert that. but it’s messy. a flower that when flipped revealed a pure-white underbelly.

the first origami paper designed specifically for folding Some tessellations folded with the new paper. Origami Bonsai brand origami paper is here!!! Click the image above to watch a short video that describes Origami Bonsai paper. 25 . I learned a lot more about graphic design software than I ever intended.Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 Copyright 2012 Benjamin John Coleman So I spent the past few months creating color patterns. flowers. The designs were sent to the printer and viola. Eventually I developed a method for mixing colors in layers that is remarkably similar to the way we paint.

. Wedding/ Baby Shower Available in four color collections: Sampler Dazzling Alluring 26 Click here to order .Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 Finally. Copyright 2012 Benjamin John Coleman Origami paper designed for folding flowers is here! Origami Bonsai brand origami paper is printed on both sides so your folded flowers look more like real flowers..

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