Another Important Base

Previously, I learned the Waterbomb fold which was the base for many other origami models like the Waterbomb and the Lily. I wanted to expand my knowledge and ability to fold other models so I decided to continue on with learning other origami bases. The next more popular and widely used base in origami is the Preliminary Base.

According to the Origami Resource Center, The preliminary and waterbomb bases are the bread-and-butter of the origami world. There are many origami models which start with these two bases. In fact, the two bases are inter-convertible: if you invert the preliminary, it will become a waterbomb base. The opposite is also true, a waterbomb base can be inverted to form the preliminary.

Instead of using the Stephen O’Halon’s Origami Page like I have for the last couple of time because of it’s easy to follow step by step illustrations, I wanted to branch out and explore different websites for learning origami. I came across the Origami Resource Center website which was well organized with easy to read tabs for different origami models, step by step illustrations, and simple easy to understand instructions.

This Preliminary Base was not too hard but I did find some difficulty in making this base. Although there were written instructions and illustrations, I found it a little difficult follow because they were posted below the pictures. As a visual learner, I needed to see the picture so I can fully understand how to make the fold. I found myself scrolling up and down the page comparing the written instructions with the illustrations to make sure I was doing the correct fold.

After completing the Preliminary Base, I wanted to try to fold the infamous Paper Crane, one of the most widely recognized models in the origami world. Sounds like an impossible task as a beginner but with the numerous types of instructions found on the site, I was able to complete the origami model. The site provided traditional diagrams that had written instruction alongside illustrations, step by step photo illustrations with instructions, and a video demonstrating the steps in folding the paper crane. All of these resources were useful in helping me figure out and understand the steps in completing the model.




The Waterbomb Base Fold

After practicing to the mountain and valley folds a few more times, I decided to move onto something a little more advanced.

According to Stephen O’Halon’s Origami Page, there are several ‘bases’ commonly used in origami. These are a series of steps that lead up to an intermediate model. Many different models can then be formed from this base. The most commonly used bases were named by Samuel Randlett and Robert Harbin and these are; the Waterbomb base, the Preliminary base, the Fish base, the Bird base and the Frog base.

First off, I wanted to try the Waterbomb base as it was a starting point for many origami models. I looked at two different sites which taught beginners how to fold this origami base. Both of these sites had easy to follow instructions with step by step pictures/illustrations or videos.

I started by looking at the illustration of the Waterbomb from the Stephen O’Halon’s Origami Page as it was a familiar source. There were many different arrows and letters on the instruction page which I thought would have been difficult to understand but it was pretty easy to follow. I liked that it provided me with simple steps and labels that were easy to understand.


The second source I looked at for learning the Waterbomb base was Origami-Instructions. This site provided photo illustrations of each step that had dotted lines to indicate where to fold along with written instructions. I liked that this site a little bit better as it had multiple photos illustrating the step which provided a clearer understanding of how each step should be done. Along with photo illustrations, there was also a short video demonstrating the procedures for completing the Waterbomb base.

With learning the Waterbomb base which was a starting point for many of the origami models, I tried to make the Waterbomb using the instructions from the Stephen O’Halon’s Origami Page.

Feeling quite successful, I carried on to trying to make a Lily using the photo illustrations and video from the Origami-Instructions page. This was a tough model to fold compared to the waterbomb or anything else I’ve folded earlier. I started off with following the photo illustrations but I got a little confused with some of the steps so I watched the video which made it a lot easier. Although folding the Lily was difficult, it’s not going to discourage me to try new origami models.


The next origami base I would like to learn how to fold and eventually master is the preliminary base.

Until next time!

First time was a success!

Here we go!

As you know from my previous post, I am learning to fold origami for my learning project. I don’t know much about origami so I decided to search online to see what I can find in terms of learning the basics for the art of paper folding. It was easy to access different websites and videos on learning to fold origami. I browsed through a few of the websites looking to see if it was easy to read, organized, had clear instructions, and most importantly, had visuals like step by step pictures or videos.

Here are a few websites I came across:

Stephen O’Halon’s Origami Page

Origami Instructions

Origami Fun

Origami Resource Center

Origami Club 

I noticed as I was browsing through the different websites that some of them contained a section where they taught you the basic foundations of folding which are usually the starting points or base of many origami model. With knowing these essential foundations, I think it will be a lot easier and less frustrating when trying to fold a new model. But before thinking too ahead, I have to learn and master these basic folding techniques.

I started off reading the Origami Basics of the Stephen O’Halon’s Origami Page which introduces all of the major folds in origami and shows how they are done. There were clear step-by-step instructions and diagrams with explanation which were easy to follow and understand. It also provides a large number of simple models that aim to allow one to practice these folds.

The instructions on this page were divided into parts which I thought was really well organized. The parts consisted of learning about choosing the right paper and deciphering the meaning of the arrows we see on diagrams, different folding techniques, and lastly a few bases which are foundations for most models. The first part of the basic instructions taught beginner origami enthusiasts how to read and differentiate the meaning of the arrows that are often illustrated on diagrams. On origami diagrams, arrows show you which direction the paper is to be folded in. It is important to understand which direction the arrow is telling you to fold.


Just with looking at this picture, I am feeling a little overwhelmed. Although there are only a few arrows, each one of them illustrates a different way folding. These all look very similar and I will have to memorize the meanings of these arrows so I don’t fold the paper in the wrong direction.

After familiarizing myself with the arrows above, I made an attempt to try to practice the Mountain and Valley folds by making my first origami Samurai Helmet. The model didn’t consist of many steps and the illustrations were easy to follow which made the process very easy.

With my first origami model being a success, I am optimistic to trying new and more difficult folds and models.

It can’t be too difficult, right?!

This is the chance for me to learn a new skill!

It may not be too useful but it has been something I’ve been wanting to learn for awhile now. For my learning project, I have decided to learn to fold origami. I know it might sound a little childish but I’ve always admired my older sister who can fold a bouquet of roses out of paper. And me, I can’t even fold a boat (which many people have tried to teach me). The only thing I am somewhat good at folding are paper planes (which my preschool students tell me I am extremely good at!).

With this learning project, I am determined to learn how to fold at least a few things like different animals, flowers, or boxes/containers. As I am a very visual learner, I am hoping to find some instructional videos on Youtube and easy to follow websites with step by step pictures for this project.

Although I can choose what I want to learn to fold and start with an easy origami design, I am a little worried that I am going to make the wrong folds and end up creating something weird. Oh well! Making mistakes is all part of the learning process.

I will keep you updated with my learning project as it goes.