Origami Tessellations

Origami Tessellations


As you might have seen, I’ve been working on origami tessellation techniques, so I wanted to show you some models to show you why I think origami tessellations are interesting. One of the first tessellations I folded is the Hydrangea by Shuzo Fujimoto Tessellations basically are just patterns that spread over the whole paper and repeat themselves. This one’s special because it gets smaller and smaller and is somewhat restricted in that way If you turn it around, that’s what it looks like I have a video that shows 3 stages This one has 7 stages but you can easily generalize. Another one by Shuzo Fujimoto is the clover folding, which I also made a video of This one has 7 stages and again the video shows 3 stages but you can generalize. And this is what the model looks like from the back. If you think that kind of looks interesting, you might want to get a book which is called “Origami Tessellations: Awe-Inspiring Geometric Designs” by Eric Gjerde I’m going to show you a couple of models I folded from this book And the book is available on Amazon, so, you know if you’re interested, you can get it. The book is divided up into chapters And the first project actually, not chapter The 1st project is called Five-and-Four and it’s on a square grid and only needs 90 degree pleat intersections — so it’s a very easy model to start with. You can see backlit that this is the pattern that is generated. Very often, when I do tessellations I use transparent paper so that when you backlight it it has this nice effect The 2nd project in that book is Spread Hexagons This one’s on a triangle grid and I went a bit crazy and did 64 divisions which was a lot of work But I think it turned out very nice and the back looks very similar And so, that’s that. You need 120 degree pleat intersections to complete this model. The next model is called Star Puff It’s not designed by Eric Gjerde but by Ralf Konrad So some of the designs in the book are by other creators which I think is actually quite nice I like this model It’s what you’d usually call 2 1/2 D Tessellations are usually flat but this one kind of puffs up the stars and then it’s slightly three-dimensional. The technique you need here is obviously a triangle grid and very many triangle twists — all of these small ones. And this is what it looks like from the back which is also quite nice. The 7th project in the book is the Open Back Hexagon Twist which you can see here the model I wasn’t quite happy with the result of this model in transparent paper So I did another one with non-transparent paper So you can see the hexagons and on the back you can see kind of this weave pattern. For the Open Back Hexagon Twist model you need well, the open back hexagon twist and triangle twists. And again it’s on a triangle grid. The 9th project in the book is the Water Bomb You basically just need a square grid and then you have to collapse, and it’s a bit hard It kind of rolls up and my boyfriend always says it looks like exploded cheese I’m not quite sure why So that’s kind of a fun model So that’s what it looks from the front and this is the back. The 17th project — now we’re jumping to the more advanced models because the projects are all rated from beginners, intermediate, to advanced and this is one of the advanced projects. And Stacked Triangles need rabbit ear triangle sinks and those are a bit tougher to perform And you can see that you have these stacked triangles here If you turn it around you can see a lot of hexagons stacked So those are a couple of models I folded from the book The book shows — let me show you — it first introduces some techniques which is very helpful and then the diagrams themselves first show a crease pattern and then have pictures with descriptions on what to do. So that’s really nice to fold with It’s sometimes a bit tricky, I have to admit but you know, it’s no fun if it’s not tricky. The final one is called Rhombic Flowers it’s a crease pattern that Eric Gjerde put on his website recently His website is www.origamitessellations.com And this one’s folded from a hexagon and it needs rhombic twists I had a bit of difficulty folding it at first I started on a hexagon with a 64 divisions grid And I really got confused and didn’t know where to go, so I started over with the same size paper and only used a 32 division grid and that helped a lot. So you can kind of see a star in the middle but I think what it’s really meant to show is a flower right here So you’ve got a hexagon in the middle and then you’ve got the petals which are rhombi And on the small one you have 3 of them, here’s another one And here’s a 3rd one So if you look at the back you can see I was puzzling a bit, so I drew in some lines And I think that’s fine for a test model sometimes it helps to draw in creases and then see how you get along There’s nothing bad about that at all And if you try tessellations that might be something that you could attempt, to make life easier. So I hope you enjoyed these models I hope you enjoy the technique videos and give origami tessellations a try. Happy Folding!

100 thoughts on “Origami Tessellations

  1. @MurderousPandas shut up and stop being a 12 year old, go mow some lawns, or start trying to do the designs she has who care what links she's included. She she seem to be very good at what she does

  2. @kayzap I actually bought it at a convention I attended in 2007. You can find this in many arts and crafts stores, too. Look for glassine or pergamyn.

  3. @kayzap I do have vague plans to show more tessellations. Three more from this book would be a lot, though.

  4. @MrKoolTrix Yes, the video explains the concept. It should be easy to extend it to higher divisions after that.

  5. @julianrafael99 I'll probably make a video on this, because many have asked that question. I'm not sure when that will be, though.

  6. Sara,it's me again.No i haven't tried. I've tried to make it (your comment help me),but i can't.I'm having a problem with the making of the fourth stage.Will you send me a tutorial how to make it with four stages?

  7. @dgeorgieva I do want to make a video on how to make more stages, but I'm not sure when yet.

  8. @jamgirlrock People may not realize that many tessellations take hours and hours to fold, so such prices would result in a ridiculous hourly wage. In general, though, I don't sell origami models. I do my videos, and have a normal full-time job.

  9. After watching your video, I just spent several hours working on the very first project of that book, five-and-four. It is just hard to fold them perfectly.

  10. The stacked triangles are really easy to do. 1 flap requires 2 sinked triangles and a triangle requires 6 sinked triangles. The real problem is the paper size… A 32 grid would be kind of a nightmare . So use a 24 one!

  11. Where do you get your paper? I'm not very good at tessellations, so every time I try the paper ends up tearing. 🙂

  12. have u tried the origami magic ball? im only 11 and i completed it , its pretty simple if your folds are clean and neat and if you be patient , you should try it

  13. @AdamsSara how about u sell those that u dont really like very much? they wont be junk or wasted in some drawer and they become money~

  14. @SteveJobsAndCoffee I bought it from the BOS: supplies.britishorigami(dot)info/index(dot)php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_31&products_id=306

  15. @scottghost67 Caps won't get you any more attention. 😉 I'll consider spread hexagons for my next tessellation model video.

  16. @SuperKrissy1999 Depends on how much origami they have already done. Generally, I think children prefer simpler models, especially if they are action models. Tessellations require precise folding, which younger folders often find more challenging.

  17. @rusty8785 I bought it from the BOS: supplies.britishorigami(dot)in­fo/index(dot)php?main_page=pro­duct_info&cPath=1_31&products_­id=306

  18. @destroyerx32 I don't usually time myself when folding. Also, it depends on how many divisions the grid has and which type of paper I'm using.

  19. @3rdmariah The transparent paper I bought from the BOS: supplies.britishorigami(dot)in­­fo/index(dot)php?main_page=pr­o­duct_info&cPath=1_31&product­s_­id=306 – if you are having problems with the paper tearing I can highly recommend Elephant Hide. Check happyfolding(dot)com/paper-review_elephant_hide for details.

  20. Hi! Sara. I just love the way you explain and i loved your site too. I wanted to ask What kind of paper you use? I tried some of these with tracing paper. It works but is doesn't look great..

  21. Elephant Hide paper is great for tessellations. I've also folded quite a few tessellations from translucent paper, although not lately. You can also try Tant or generally paper that is slightly heavier and doesn't break or rip as soon as you fold it back and forth a couple of times.

  22. Check out my most recent video – it's essentially a tutorial for stacked triangles. 🙂

  23. Does the book origami tessellations require you to know a lot about those unique techniques required for those models or do they teach you?
    I'm really interested
    Thx !

  24. In my opinion Elephant Hide is better than Tant – that's for tessellations, at least. But Tant works ok, too, at least if you're not attempting too elaborate tessellations.

  25. The book has diagrams for all the basic techniques required. Plus, you can check my videos on tessellation basics in case you get stuck. 🙂

  26. I'm not sure what paper I used, I'd bought it at a convention. Something a bit heavier, perhaps 120gsm. As to the grid, yes, I think it was a 16 by 16 grid.

  27. Can you link or tell where you get your translucent paper?? If you got it in a non-online shop please tell me where ecactly. I have been looking for this kind of paper for AGES and havent been able to find some. Thank You

  28. Hi Ms. Sara, i really like your tutorials you illustrate the diagrams clearly, thanks for that 🙂 I think the tessellations are cool and I want to try it using glassine. I already tried using campap tracing paper (100gsm) but it does'nt give a shiny effect like the colored glassine you used.

  29. I just ordered the book and I can't wait to get it! I have just become interested in tessellations so I hope the book is not to difficult for me, having never done a tessellation.

  30. Use supplies.britishorigami.info/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1_31 they will ship your paper worldwide and the shipping costs are very reasonable.

  31. This is video really convinces me to buy this book. They are really cool, Sara!
    Keep on making these videos! They are awesome…

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