12/18/2014

Graphic Double Diamonds

Since you have all become so good at making these, I think it is time for a slight variation. Now these I have seen here and there, and I had the impression that they were kind of complicated to make. But the other day something made me look at the shape again, and I saw that they had to be somehow related to the origami diamonds I link to above. And they are! The first two thirds of the folds are exactly the same. I did a little digging, and found a super tutorial, and gave it a try (see all links down at the bottom of this post).

They are much easier than they look. Are they origami, when glue is involved? I have no idea, but here they are. And as ususal, I felt like making some special paper design for these, because they work well if they are sort of cool and sharp and graphic looking, I think (you can make them in any paper you like, of course!).

The first paper squares have a grey ombré-effect - and I made two sizes; 13 x 13 and 10 x 10 cm. 

And the thing about this print is, that it is actually anything but grey! Isn't that cool? I love playing around with that effect, a Photoshop filter that deconstructs all shades of grey (as in this case) into pixellated color speckle, that looks like this up close.

I felt like making some different even sharper black / white designs, that emphasize all the folds. I always look for this kind of origami paper in shops, but I haven't come across it. I mean, something with lines that correspond with some of the most common origami folds. So I made some. I think it looks great! It works particularly well, of course, with origami designs that are centered in the middle of the paper. Anything star like, pointy or wheel like, I guess, would be fun to make with these paper squares. 




For hanging I just tried this; I took my long needle and stuck it right through with this pink makramé string. You could insert a string before you glue the two halves together, of course.

Feel free to download my two sets of different origami squares, and remember to print them on thin paper (I always use cheap 80 gr. printer paper from the supermarket for origami, because it is soft and a bit coarse).



If the link to the tutorial no longer works (the blog it is found on is no longer active), I have taken the liberty to put the series of step-by-step images - without the explanations, but they are still very easy to follow - on this page.

The stackable wooden candlesticks in the photos are by my clever friends at Helgo.

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