Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. It’s all in the name. Origami literally translates to paper fold.
It is just you, a piece of paper, and your imagination. You can easily substitute your imagination for a good origami instructional book.
The only equipment you need for origami is paper. Indeed, the use of any other equipment detracts from the art.
That is why the quality of paper you use is so important. In this art form, the paper is everything. Here are a few other reasons why quality paper matters so much:
Know When to Fold Em’
You can technically use any paper for doing Origami. But there are some models you are simply not going to be able to do well, if at all, using standard paper.
There is an outer limit on the number of times one person can fold a piece of paper. We used to believe that number was 7. Now, someone has made it to 13. But those higher numbers are achieved by non-practical means. 7 is still about right.
Plain copy paper will give out faster than that. This is why you need origami paper that can take the fold.
Take a good look at your pattern before you select your paper. Highly intricate patterns will require thinner, higher quality paper.
Even within the category of origami paper, there are huge differences in quality. From a practical level, not every piece of paper can be folded into every model.
Justified by the Ends
Some of these models are very difficult and take a long time to complete. You are going to need some practice paper for getting the techniques down. But for the final project, you are going to want paper worthy of the effort.
Some of the papers have a special texture for that finishing touch. Some are intricate combinations of foil and tissue.
The more exotic papers are specially made, and come from different countries in special factories with secret processes. Origami paper is a big deal because your efforts are worth it. And the results are spectacular.
Fit and Finish
High-quality paper is not just about the folds and creases. It is also about the fit and finish of your display and gift pieces.
When you are crafting one of the most realistic Asian Elephants outside of a zoo, only Origamido paper will do. Handmade from various plant fibers, it is universally hailed as the best there is. Good luck finding some.
What you need to know is that there is quality paper in every style, size, thickness, color, and texture.
Even an imperfect fold can be overcome by the perfect finishing paper.
Origami is an art, not a science. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take it seriously. It is definitely worth doing right.
And doing it right requires practice. You should practice on Origami paper. Typical washi will do. But as your skills increase, so too, should the quality of your paper. Your effort is worth it for that perfect finish.