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October 1, 2009
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and plant interactions can be used to convey thoughts. durable. as this would be impossible. While it could be argued that origami is a craft and not an art form. These wet Makigami strips are then attached to cylinders and allowed to dry. All Rights Reserved. it is that chaos that is the source of much of the beauty of our work. Origami Bonsai artists aspire to express this chaos in a coherent manner in their work. However. it is clear that Origami Bonsai is an art form as color.org and www. These sculptures are either free standing (can be placed on top of tables). much like the “snakes” you rolled as a child from clay.org is a web site dedicated to further developing Origami Bonsai. For the first time origami enthusiasts can assemble their work into sculptures. visually complex sculptures. or simply to create something beautiful. The world of plants seems chaotic and complex. Instead we mimic nature and use natural forms as inspiration for our works. Recent advances in Makigami have led to the ability to make items like bonsai planters. or wall hanging (attach to walls with a hook).OrigamiBonsai. the solution the strips were rolled in acts as glue. Frequently Asked Questions What is Origami Bonsai? Origami Bonsai is a new art form developed over the past three years by artist. When dry. 1 Issue 1 Page 4 .com is a web site featuring the work of Benjamin John Coleman. At OrigamiBonsai. and it is in human nature to try to add order to that world.com? Benagami. Origami Bonsai is about testing the limits of paper as a medium (material) and about discovering new applications for paper in our work. meanings and even emotions. Makigami means “roll‐paper” in Japanese.org you will Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Vol. These sculptures are appealing and have both artistic and commercial value. The resultant paper product is stiff. Origami flowers and leaves are attached to branches to form dramatic. We do not attempt to duplicate nature. Origami Bonsai is revolutionary. using it to convey a message. Newspaper is saturated in a solution and then rolled. Benjamin John Coleman.Benagami. What is the difference between www. Do you use wires inside the branches? No. It allows artists to make trees (networks of branches) from paper. jewelry. What is Makigami? Benjamin John Coleman invented Makigami to complement Origami Bonsai.Copyright 2009. shape. and easy to work with. and other items from the material. OrigamiBonsai. author and inventor Benjamin John Coleman.
Scribd. The book teaches how to fold many varieties of flowers and leaves and then assemble the flowers and leaves onto real tree branches. All Rights Reserved. but more importantly. It is published by Tuttle Publishing and will be available in book stores in April of 2010. It will be entirely Makigami. “Advanced Origami Bonsai” is the second book in the series. it teaches how to make branches from paper using the Makigami technique. What is the difference between the books “Origami Bonsai. find the latest techniques and folding diagrams.” and “Origami Bonsai Accessories?” “Origami Bonsai” is the first book in the series. It teaches how to fold a few different types of flowers and leaves. jewelry. This is largely an origami book. Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Vol. and can submit your ideas to be included on the site.Etsy.com or on DVD or CD on www. This book teaches how to make bonsai planters. There is a clickable advertisement for this book on the second page of this document that will take you directly to the books. available in April 2010 ) or “Advanced Origami Bonsai” an electronic book available through www. Benjamin John Coleman. and other items from paper. It was published electronically on June 1. If you would like to build a sculpture you will need either the printed book “Origami Bonsai” (Tuttle Publishing.com. “Origami Bonsai Accessories” is the third book in the series and is still in the research and design phase. it is mostly about Makigami. 1 Issue 1 Page 5 . While there is some origami in this book.” “Advanced Origami Bonsai. 2009. How do I get started making Origami Bonsai? All you need to begin is some small squares of paper.Copyright 2009.
Australia. Ben Coleman Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Vol. this represents a windfall for the ecology of our planet. The finished product is now strong enough to make things like one‐time‐use chopsticks. Benjamin John Coleman. Since then thousands of readers have subscribed to Origami Bonsai publications. The publisher says the book will be available in April of 2010 rather than November of 2009. who better to consult on developing a more durable form of Makigami? Together we developed a new type of Makigami that is approximately four times more rigid than the existing material. Origami Bonsai Update for October 1. 1 Issue 1 Page 6 . the United States. “Origami Bonsai” has been delayed. However. Gretchen Anderson. 2009 by Benjamin John Coleman Copies of “Advanced Origami Bonsai” have been shipped to countries around the world. they plan to include a DVD with folding videos in the book. All Rights Reserved. On August 21. 2009 “Advanced Origami Bonsai” became a “featured” document on the electronic book site Scribd. El Salvador. toothbrush handles and many other consumer products.” Finally. I also received some disheartening news from Tuttle Publishing. She is an expert in the field of both adhesives and paper. 2009 my account was put on Scribd. it does open the door for Makigami to enter the consumer products market. The printing of my first book in this series. Italy. Of late I have been working with my cousin. Peoples’ desire to stay informed on Origami Bonsai’s progress is an indication that this may become a very popular art form. and Chile are participating in this creative synergy of Origami and Bonsai. When you consider that Makigami is easily recycled and requires far less energy to product than plastic. Germany. People in Brazil.com.Copyright 2009. Indonesia.com’s suggested subscriptions list. While this new Makigami is not good for making branches. on September 2. The next day it graduated to the “hotlist. a curator with the Carnegie Natural History Museum.
but you will never achieve a dark. The final step to obtain a natural looking leaf color is to add a mixture of water (10 parts). All Rights Reserved. How to Create a Realistic Dark Green Color for Leaves by Benjamin John Coleman One of the most frustrating obstacles I have encountered in my work is obtaining colors that look natural. For the darkest possible leaves. When white light hits a piece of white paper. To obtain a good dark green. You can repeatedly add more coats of green. you can use an acrylic color from a different color family. We do this by limiting the reflected light spectrum of the paper with blue. it appears white. Black water color paint actually appears to be dark purple when applied to white paper. My first attempt at creating dark green was a disaster. I have also used dilute acrylic black. If red light is directed at a white piece of paper. another equal part of artist medium and about 10 parts water. the first coat of paint applied to white paper should be a mixture of equal parts of dark blue (Prussian or Ultramarine blue) and dark yellow (Yellow Ochre) along with a half‐part of dark brown (burnt umber) water color paint. Our eyes interpret color based on the spectrum of reflected light (http://en. water and artist medium to darken the leaf color as a fourth coat.wikipedia. yellow light reflects back as light yellow.org/wiki/Color_vision) a colored object emits. or for lighter leaves add some bright yellow (lemon yellow) to it. It should be noted that using black watercolor is a mistake. and tends to diffuse any existing or subsequent colors. Allow your leaf sheets to dry completely before continuing to the next step. This mixture will provide a glossy yet natural coating to the leaf that is also dust resistant. Benjamin John Coleman. looks natural. To make your leaves look even more interesting. I find using burnt sienna. After three coats of paint my paper was still light green. not the absence of color. It is this whitewashed green that isn’t particularly desirable. The reason is simple. acrylic paint (1 part) and artist medium (1 part). Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Vol. To create a real looking dark green we have to overcompensate for the white color of our paper. I started out using the darkest green in the set of water colors I had purchased.Copyright 2009. When we add a coat of green paint to the white paper it reflects a stream of light into our eyes that is a mixture of white and green. apply a second coat. lush and natural looking green in this manner. white is a color. it will reflect back as pink. This is a problem that can be overcome by an understanding of both our materials and how color is perceived by the human eye. a dark orange‐brown. 1 Issue 1 Page 7 . making them look less distinct. improving the color somewhat.
To Obtain a Dark Green 1. Apply one coat of the mixture to both sides of a sheet of paper. 1 Issue 1 Page 8 . Mix equal parts of dark blue and dark yellow with one half part of brown and artist medium and about 10 parts of water. 3. 2. Benjamin John Coleman. All Rights Reserved. Apply a second coat of the mixture to the side of the sheet which will be visible after folding.Copyright 2009. Allow your sheets to dry completely before proceeding to the next step. They should curl a bit and feel rough and “crispy” when dry. Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Vol.
but will add some variation and a nice finish. and then add another coat of black acrylic. The burnt umber mixture yields this resultant color: The black mixture achieves the desired dark green final color. The final coats won’t greatly alter the overall color. Here are some ideas: 1 coat of the mixture 2 coats of the mixture 2 coats and 1 coat of lemon yellow acrylic 2 coats and 1 coat of burnt sienna acrylic 2 coats and 1 coat of black acrylic 2 coats and 1 coat of orange acrylic In this example I will add a coat of burnt umber acrylic. To see ivy leaves made from this sheet.Copyright 2009. Benjamin John Coleman. artist medium and water. 4. Decide on a color scheme for your leaves. 1 Issue 1 Page 9 . artist medium and water. Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Vol. All Rights Reserved. turn the page.
Watch the bottom tip to ensure you don’t over or under fold it.Copyright 2009. the ivy leaf will add variety to your work. 2. Flip the paper. Benjamin John Coleman. 3. Whether used as a component of a hybrid sculpture. All Rights Reserved. or for creating ivy plants that wrap around other plants. 1 Issue 1 Page 10 . Fold the square in half diagonally. Fold the corner 1/3 of the way to the center. 1. Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Vol. Folding the Ivy Leaf The Ivy Leaf is a useful and easy to fold design. with the leaf color facing up. Start with a square of colored paper.
Fold the other side the same way you did it in step 3.Copyright 2009. Fold the corner to the center line aligning the edge. Make sure you align this fold to the one on the other side. 1 Issue 1 Page 11 . 6. Flip your model. Benjamin John Coleman. Perform the same fold on the other side. Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Vol. 4. 5. All Rights Reserved.
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Fold “veins” in the leaf by folding and unfolding both pleats of paper repeatedly. All Rights Reserved. Fold the tip you folded in step 8 in the other direction Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Vol. Unfold the center of the leaf. 9.Copyright 2009. 1 Issue 1 Page 13 . Fold the upper tip of the leaf towards the opposite tip. 7. 8. Benjamin John Coleman.
1 Issue 1 Page 14 . 10. Pinch the tip to form the stem. Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Vol. All Rights Reserved. “Crimp” the leaf stem into the base of the leaf by squeezing with the thumb and index finger of one hand while pushing into the stem with the thumb of your other hand. 11. Benjamin John Coleman.Copyright 2009.
The resultant sculpture has long needles. and the leaves are oval. Benjamin John Coleman. similar to those of an ice plant. the flowers are influenced by the colors of Christmas cactus flowers. This sculpture was donated to Rhode Island PBS and will be available through their televised auction in December.Copyright 2009. Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Vol. “Succulent” by Ben Coleman This is my interpretation of a mix of Christmas cactus and Ice plant. 2009. 1 Issue 1 Page 15 . Hybrid Origami Bonsai plants combine either different plants or plants with animals to create unique interpretations of the resultant species. I have been having a lot of fun with this concept as you will see in the following pictures. we are doing the same. but in the medium of paper. Hybrid Origami Bonsai While the press and the public are hard at work discussing the impact of genetic engineering on plants and animals. All Rights Reserved.
Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Vol. seemingly in response to their weight. “Weeping Dragon” by Ben Coleman This sculpture is a combination of a weeping willow tree and a snap dragon plant. The flower shape is also snap‐ dragonish. The snap‐dragon influences are reflected in two shoots that emit individual flowers at the top of the sculpture. All Rights Reserved.Copyright 2009. Benjamin John Coleman. Each branch droops earth‐ward. just like a weeping willow tree. 1 Issue 1 Page 16 . The weeping willow tree is reflected in the droopy branches of the sculpture.
Email me at Ben@benagami. If you do.Copyright 2009. The “Squidrose” Challenge I made this “squidrose. Benjamin John Coleman.com. 1 Issue 1 Page 17 . Origami Bonsai Electronic Magazine Vol. email me a picture and I will include it in the next issue of this publication. All Rights Reserved.” a combination of a rose plant and a squid by rolling a group of stems and then rolling two sheets of paper around the stems. Perhaps this concept could be improved upon? I invite you to try to make a squidrose.
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