Everyone loves dragons right? Whether it’s drawing dragons, sculpting dragons or making a fierce dragon out of paper, dragons are one of the best fantasy creatures. Since it’s Smaugust this month, we’re going to keep celebrating all things dragons. Head to the Smaugust link to check out our drawing prompt list if you haven’t yet!
Today’s dragon celebration features an easy origami dragon tutorial.
The Art of Origami
The Japanese word “Origami” is a compound of two smaller Japanese words: “ori”, meaning to fold, and “kami”, meaning paper. Origami is an ancient art form. It is believed to have started back in the 6th century when Buddhist monks carried paper to Japan. The first Japanese origami is dated back to this period. It was used for religious ceremonial purposes only because of the high cost of paper.
Now the art form has grown and changed significantly. Artists create pop culture characters, fantasy creatures and more. The popularity of the paper folding art has even given rise to societies such as the British Origami Society and OrigamiUSA.
Folding an Origami Dragon
Often is can be a challenge to make an origami dragon. The complex shapes can take a lot of folding. Stéphane Gigandet of Origami Plus created an easy tutorial. It can be done in less than 30 minutes! It’s a good origami dragon for kids or beginners.
This dragon is modeled after the Western dragon style with two wings. To make the dragon you just need a single square sheet of paper. Only one side of the paper will show so you can use any kind of paper you want.
Are you going to try out this origami dragon technique? It makes such a cute little dragon.