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ORIGAMI SYMBOLS

Know the most basic points about origami - its symbols because they will help you to read diagrams for folding from almost any origami source.
It is very important to understand these origami symbols because they show the direction in which the paper has to be folded. Look at the diagram to note which way the lines, dots and arrows - all symbols demonstrate, and fold your paper under the diagram. If you are novice in origami, start to learn how to read diagrams of folding. Take a few squares of paper and study the following symbols and techniques. If you'll have this way, surely you will get to know the most basic points about origami. And, after spending a few minutes learning the symbols, you will be able to fold from almost any guide (book, CD or something else) on origami, even if you cannot understand the language in which it is written.

 

Valley fold

Valley fold


Valley fold and unfold

Valley fold and unfold


Step fold

Step fold


Inside reverse fold

Inside reverse fold


Pull out

Pull out


Open out the back layer

Open out the back layer


Turn the paper around

Turn the paper around


Reduction the following diagram

Reduction the following diagram


Blow up

Blow up


Mountain fold

Mountain fold


Mountain fold and unfold

Mountain fold and unfold


Open and squash

Open and squash


Outside reverse fold

Outside reverse fold


Open out the front layer

Open out the front layer


Turn the paper over

Turn the paper over


Fold the paper over and over

Fold the paper over and over


Enlarging the following diagram

Enlarging the following diagram


Push in

Push in


The most of the symbols used in origami have been developed by the Nippon Origami Association and by Akira Yoshizawa, the famous origami author.

 

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