-More than 600 origami video tutorials; the new ones added every day! -Learn to fold many interesting items: flowers, birds, stars, penguins, unicorns and much more! -Step-by-step demonstrations with simple instructions given by experts! -Follow instructions and learn to make ingenious items that can serve as gifts and impress your friends! Traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD at the latest and was popularized outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. It has since then evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of material into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, and as such the use of cuts or glue is considered kirigami.
There are also standard named bases which are used in a wide variety of models, for instance the bird base is an intermediate stage in the construction of the flapping bird .Additional bases are the preliminary base (square base), fish base, waterbomb base, and the frog base. It is common to fold using a flat surface but some folders like techniques doing it in the air with no tools especially when displaying the folding. Many folders believe no tool should be used when folding. However a couple of tools can help especially with the more complex models. For instance a bone folder allows sharp creases to be made in the paper easily, paper clips can act as extra pairs of fingers, and tweezers can be used to make small folds.
The number of basic folds is small, but they can be combined in a variety of ways to make intricate designs. The best known model is probably the Japanese paper crane. In general, these designs begin with a square sheet of paper whose sides may be different colors or prints. This traditional Japanese art, which has been practiced since the Edo era (1603–1867), has often been less strict about these conventions, sometimes cutting the paper or using nonsquare shapes to start with.
Many books begin with a description of basic which are used to construct the models. These include simple diagrams of basic folds like valley and mountain folds, pleats, reverse folds, squash folds, and sinks.