Monday, December 5, 2011

Origami 101 Review and Giveaway

***The giveaway has ended. Scroll down to see who won!***

Some time ago I was contacted by Creative Publishing International about their desire to produce an Origami 101 book. I immediately knew who to recommend for the task, as I've admired Ben Coleman's work ever since featuring his incredible origami bonsai. Lo and behold, later on I learned that Ben had indeed been asked to author the book. Thanks to having been sent a review copy that I've had the chance to examine, I must say he doesn't disappoint!

Origami 101 Review and Giveaway

Any origami anxiety you might be harboring will disappear as you fold your way through all forty seven figures, including a roosting robin, tyrannosaurus rex, flying dragon, swans, star, and tree ornament. Come to think of it, there's time to make an entire Christmas tree full of colorful figures. It would be a great family project, as origami is suitable for school age children as well as adults.

Origami 101

Ben developed a unique "glow-fold" feature for the book that takes the confusion out of typical origami diagrams. The glow-fold shows exactly what surface is going to move during a fold and where it went after it was folded... brilliant! His illustrations also clearly show which edges are open and which are folds, something that has frustrated me in the past as I tried to orient the figure to match up with diagrams.

Origami 101

In addition to the book's clear instructions, a DVD is included that shows Ben's hands folding each figure as he talks us through the steps. It's extremely helpful to be able to pause the disc or back up if you need to see a fold repeated.

Origami 101 penguin

Like the little penguin? I do! He's probably the easiest figure in the book. Then I skipped ahead to the crocus and one of the swans and successfully did them too. I'm positive if I put my mind to it, I'd be able to do every one of Ben's creations - his directions are that precise.

Origami 101 crocus

The book comes with a dozen squares of glow-fold paper, and the DVD contains files you can use to print out as many squares as you like. Ben recommends not using the color shaded paper until a model has been mastered with practice paper, and mentions that he ordinarily uses lighter weight paper than the type provided with the book - regular computer paper is fine.

Can you believe it? Another giveaway!

The publisher has offered to send a copy of Origami 101 to two winners in the U.S., Canada, or the U.K. (I'm very sorry, folks elsewhere.) Leave a comment to enter. Winners will be randomly selected on Saturday evening, December 10, notified via email, and announced on this post and the All Things Paper Facebook page. Good luck!

Ben is offering a 25% off coupon code for the purchase of Origami 101, available in his Etsy shop, Benagami. Use code ORIGAMI101 at checkout.

Congratulations to Elyse and LDH! Their numbers were selected by random.org and they've been notified by email. Thanks so much to all who took the time to enter.

76 comments:

Kavya N said...

I just love origami and I still do!! I just love the way ben used glow-folds!! His creations are amazing...Tx for introducing him...=)

Kavya
n.kavya@live.com

Yi said...

Ooh, this is awesome! I've always really loved origami and this blog.

Thanks for hosting the giveaway. ^ ^

Neta said...

I enjoy looking at your blog every day. I am fascinated with all things paper lately. Love origami.

Maureen said...

I love origami, though I haven't tried it in a long time. I know a number of people who will be happy to learn about this book. Thank you for highlighting it, Ann.

sprite said...

How delightful! This looks "logically" laid out, so would be perfect for ...anybody, really. Love the ducklings on the back cover!

Claire said...

Cool! I would love to win and learn more origami!

claire.negus@gmail.com

~Claire

Sathya said...

Wonderful info..Lovely origami.Thanks for sharing this info

Lily said...

Wow, what fun!

I've always wanted to learn Origami... and the giveaway will be on my birthday! What a present (if I were to win)!

Thanks!!

rennbridy said...

This might help my students to not be so confused! Hope I am picked!
donnabridy@aol.com

LostnThought said...

I would love to win a copy of the book!

Lisa

SUGANTHI said...

Looks like an amazing book , I love to fold too.

Suzanne, Brian, Owen and Hayden said...

My boys love to fold!! We'd love to win this book! Thanks for the chance!!

aly said...

Looks like a lot of fun. I love origami!

Aurelie D. said...

wow glow-fold sounds like a really good idea for more complicated origami models. count me in :)

Melanie said...

My 8 year old son LOVES origami ... he would be thrilled to get this book!

Leanne said...

My son now 12 loves origami. I have some books, but none have these patterns.

Lorraine said...

You have piqued my interest about that glow fold technique. I am definitely going to share this information with the art teacher at my school. Thanks!

Pat said...

Thank you for sharing. I would love to win a copy of the book.

Lauren C said...

This looks awesome! I love origami!

Ann said...

sounds like this book is a winner for beginners. A DVD would be very helpful since I seem to do better if I can see someone actually doing it. The pictures you've shown here though look quite helpful too

Kai said...

I've tried and TRIED to do origami and I feel STUPIDLY HOPELESS. This would be an awesome book! Please, include me in the drawing! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Ana Laura said...

My dad is a Doctor he makes origami figures to his little patients, and to do origami with my kids
It would be such a great gift for him
Thanks for the oportunity
sra_de_romero(at)yahoo(dot)com.mx

Anonymous said...

This book would be a great addition to my library. Thanks for the opportunity.

Lori said...

My son has just recently discovered origami and this book would be a great source to create more inspiration. Thank you for the giveaway!

Ellen said...

This is such a great book! I love the idea of glow folds. I have such a hard time following other diagrams because I don't know where they are trying to fold to.

marancat said...

My grand-daughter and I have been trying out origami but we are now a bit stuck! This book looks just what we need! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

Laurie said...

Maybe I could make the little penguin, too? Hope so! What a terrific giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I tried my hands at origami several years ago and was discouraged. Your review sounds motivating. Would love to win !
prachi DOT bora AT gmail DOT com

amrita said...

Looks wonderful..thanks for the chance to win :)

Josephine Sutji said...

i'm a paper-crafter but bad at origami lol i hope this book can help me to learn and love about origami! :)

email:
josephine.sutji@hotmail.com

LDH said...

I would love to win a copy of this book too! :)

kdy12570 said...

My daughter is beginning to try origami (she's 6) and this would be a great help to both of us! Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win this great book and for inspiring a very young paper crafter :-)

Anne Temple said...

Looks like a great book to learn from. THanks for the opportunity to win one. Love reading your blog and seeing what you discover for us.

lynneatw said...

I love origami and would love this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

Stacey (FreshStitches) said...

Oh, my goodness... looks like such a great book!

Michele said...

Being that quilling is a passion of mine, a love of paper comes naturally to me. I have just begun to dabble in orgami and even ran a craft table at our church's Advent Celebration teaching children how to make a star ornament. I would love to have a copy of this book to expand my knowledge.

Thanks for sharing - the timing is perfect!

Michele Johnson
michele.kay@gmail.com

Jan Castle said...

I'm a dunce when it comes to Orgami! I love all things paper and iris fold, do faux quilting, etc., but for some reason Orgami escapes me - this book sounds like a dream come true...please pick me!!!
Paper Hugs,
Jan Castle

Kylie said...

Thank you for the lovely giveaway, I loved origami when I was younger but never collected any books. My niece and nephew are the perfect age to learn and this would be a great project book for the three of us.
kcarlson1152[at]hotmail.com

vickie said...

I <3 origami

maxell144@hotmail.com

Danielle said...

Thank you for hosting the giveaway! The glow-fold illustrating concept sounds like a great idea--I'm looking forward to seeing it.

Edna said...

Wow, it is such an amazing book, I have been playing paper folding all the years, now I am also teaching kids of grade 1 to grade 6 to do origami, they all love to learn how a paper can be worked into creations with some incredible folds.
Thanks for the chance to win such a wonderful new book.

Elena said...

That looks like a good book. I like the idea of having a DVD with all the video instructions in there. And the fact that we could print our own paper is brilliant.

Elena (UK)
elena@quillingprojects.com

Kim said...

This looks doable, I've had trouble with profanity before. Also, saw you the other day on "that's clever" it was fun to watch it again!

Kim said...

Oh my gosh! Text prediction turned origami into profanity!!!! Sorry!!!!

Ann Martin said...

So funny, Kim! I've been known to swear at origami sometimes myself. :) How nice to hear That's Clever re-aired the episode.

creativenimi said...

Origami is one of my favorite paper art. In fact I have wanted to be an expert in origami forever. This book could add to my skills for sure.
Thanks. Again trying my luck on a giveaway which I hardly ever get.
Fingers crossed :-)
Nimisha

Ng said...

would love to explore that book!

Carley L. said...

I'm an origami addict and have found that watching video tutorials really help me out when I just can't quite figure out a particular step.

Raspberry said...

What a fun book. I have a baby brother who would think this was the ultimate. :)
rae_sunshine4(at)yahoo.com

Doogie, Bailey and Jin said...

Origami is so fun! One of my goals in life is to make 1000 cranes and so far I am up to about 100.. long way to go!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

oh how fun, thanks. count me in!!

lauren51990 at aol dot com

sandyandcosmo said...

What an amazing book, thanks for the giveaway!

Kelly Massman said...

I'd be thrilled to win! I love paper folding and would love to have a book that teaches so many things in one place!thanks for a chance to win!
And, have a GREAT day!
kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

brunette said...

I love the origami flowers...there's just something about them!

thank you!

brunettewithblueeyes[@]gmail[.]com

Wendy said...

I'd love to win this for my 10 year old son who has recently developed a fascination for origami!
welindsey (at) gmail (dot) com

ElfRenee said...

This looks great!!

Sarah said...

Love this! Origami is so fun!

sblake1[at]student[dot]framingham[dot]edu

gill said...

This looks such a great book! I'd love to have a go!

sukanya said...

Wow! Looks like a lovely book!! The last time I actually bought an origami book was as a kid.. I just got started all over again recently and I would love to have this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sukanya
sukanya(dot)doshi(at)gmail(dot)com

Angela Cisco said...

I have always been interested in learning Origami, and now would be the perfect time to start!

E. said...

This looks like so much fun!!

Serenap95 said...

Thank you for hosting this giveaway. I would love to learn how to do Origami.


serenap95(at)hotmail(dot)com

Ang said...

My kids and I would love this one - thanks so much for the giveaway!

Ang
ang_vaughan at yahoo dot com

True Kim said...

hmm...sixty three entries already and it's only Thursday...maybe I'll get really lucky 'cause I really want to win this one!!

Anonymous said...

Great giveaway! I love origami.
Lost_Star_99 (at) yahoo (d0t) ca

Jubilee said...

This is such an unique giveaway. I absolutely love the idea! My current origami instruction book was given to me when I was 8, so I would love to look through and challenge myself to some of these harder figures.
eddiesoftime (at) gmail (dot) com

B Greene said...

I have been itching to introduce origami to my son and this would be the perfect book to use. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

J said...

Ooh, the glow-fold looks fascinating. This would be a great gift for my sister-in-law and her 3 kids!

Carole Meisenhelter said...

while I tend to be origami-challenged at the best of times; this book would be a lovely surprise for my ten year old grandson who is very interested in 'craft' projects.

Katelin said...

Origami has always been kind of hard for me. But fun!

sourlemon14@Hotmail.com

Melissa said...

OMG! They have a T-Rex! I have to have the book so I can make Lachlan a T-Rex! :D

Elyse Angel said...

Oh!! This is awesome!! Maybe I will finally be good at something.

Elyse Angel
eangel91@yahoo.com

Marie said...

Like your blog...long time haven't done origami this book will be great to start again. Thank you

Ann Martin said...

The giveaway has ended. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, everyone. Your enthusiasm for origami is inspiring!

LDH said...

Dear Ann,

I have received my book and already had a great time perusing through it! Thank you for your giveaway!

Kindly, Lorraine

Jane Benad said...

Lovely

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