Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Origami Bonsai Kit - Review and Giveaway

Congratulations to Holly, winner of the kit from Tuttle Publishing.

Benjamin John Coleman, who you might remember from this post, has a newly released origami kit from Tuttle Publishing.

Origami Bonsai Kit

Origami Bonsai is lovely, as are all of Ben's books, instructional DVDs, and paper creations. Having seen his attention to detail up close and personal, (Ben and I collaborated on a makigami pendant, one of the projects in the All Things Paper book) it's no stretch to say that the 64 page booklet and DVD videos that are included in the kit will show you how to create exquisite folded flowers and leaves like these:

Origami-Bonsai-Flower-Leaves

There's even a sample blossom to help steer you in the right direction. The sheets of specially printed paper, designed by Ben, have a fine sheen and fold beautifully. If you have any experience with origami, you know how critical it is to use the correct weight paper. 

Origami-Bonsai-Kit-Booklet

As Ben says, his goal is to unleash the artist in you. Whether you prefer to learn from traditional diagrams or by watching his hands do the actual folding, this kit has you covered. Here's a example of the type of graceful botanical sculpture you'll be able to make.

Origami-Bonsai-Arrangement

Ben describes the contents of the new kit in the video below:



Leave a comment as your entry to win an Origami Bonsai kit from Tuttle Publishing. The worldwide giveaway will end on Sunday, September 22. Please include your email address or another way to be contacted within your comment. I'll contact the randomly chosen winner and announce the name here after the person has responded. Good luck!

94 comments:

  1. I've always been fascinated with origami. I bought a desk calendar one time that taught you 1 a day using the previous day's paper. I now have a wall at work covered in origami!

    Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!
    Lisa
    lostnthtATgmailDOTcom

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  2. It's been years since I have done origami...this kit looks amazing!

    Thanks for the chance - runcherylrun @ gmail . com

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  3. Wow...Awesome..Love to win this...Thanks for chance, Ann :)
    (skpapercrafts@gmail.com)

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  4. Thanks for this opportunity, I am fairly new to this art and would love to try an learn new things from this kit ! :)

    moallem00ATyahooDOTcom

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  5. Gorgeous flowers!!! Thank you for sharing the kit, Ann.
    darjadraksic @ gmail . com


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  6. I would love to have this kit! How beautiful!

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  7. Love his origami sculpture. What a great giveaway that kit is!

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  8. Beautiful kit!
    little.apfel@gmail.com

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  9. This is one of the most beautiful paper flowers I have ever seen!

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  10. would really love to win!it looks amazing!!!
    cookiesmasher5@yahoo.com

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  11. This looks interesting, I'd love to try it.

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  12. I've found that origami flowers look very nice atop gifts. This set looks very nice. I love reading your blog.

    illuminatecrochet@gmail.com

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  13. love it!!

    rebekah[.]diehl[@]gmail[.]com

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  14. I have never tried origami but have always been fascinated by it ! This kit seems quiet inspiring n very helpful too :) ! Thanks for the chance !

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  15. I did origami as a child, but haven't done much recently... but seeing a display of 1000 peace cranes hanging from the ceiling when I was at the wedding of some friends has re-ignited my interest. Thanks for the giveaway!
    ellen[dot}boudreau[at}gmail[dot}com

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  16. that is a great concept !! I love origami for a long time and would be delighted to try those flowers
    papelhilo(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. these look amazing. I am not sure how mine would turn out but I would be happy looking at the photos :) info at karenzapaperie dot co dot uk

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  18. Wow that's amazing! And wouldn't it be cool to have a 'plant' at work that I can't kill just cos I've taken some holiday. :)

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  19. yesss! this may push me to finally start making bonsais! :-)

    beranybuc@gmail.com

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  20. Wow...Amazing..love to win this kit
    alejandro.rodriguezmartinez@gmail.com

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  21. Wow, this kit really looks amazing, all these beautiful colours combined in one bundle! If I win this kit I would use it in combination with my box making craft. hilde@geckoboxes.com

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  22. Wow!, this is awesome, when you think you have seen everything, something new appears, I wish the most of the people could use their brains to create and not to destroy, we could build a better world on this way.
    maragabo@hotmail.com

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  23. I've been wanting to try origami ever since I heard about the girl who wanted to make 1000 cranes in order to get her wish. :)

    emelina@gmail.com

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  24. I've fold origami for years, I didn't notice that origami can be turn into a whole new level. I would LOVE to WIN this giveway.

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  25. B E A U T I F U L and I would love to win this giveaway.
    Thanks for sharing.
    monie@q.com

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  26. this origami book looks awesome! edo@slu.edu

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  27. I love origami and admire his work!!

    origamigal22(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. I just picked up a huge pack of origami paper today, and I would love to use it for practice! And, I'd love to teach my students how to make origami flowers- we could decorate my rather boring looking classroom! And, with flowering plants I could never kill... added bonus!

    msgould_ams AT hotmail DOT com

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  29. wow! this is so beautiful! I love Bonsai's, love to do things with my hands, and I never win anything. That's okay.
    I wish good luck to all of you.
    And I'll be happy to buy this kid as soon as I can.
    Thanks so much, you make my day!

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  30. Looks beautiful and a lot of fun. I'd love to win! leef @ theriver . com

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  31. What a beautiful set! This is just amazing!
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  32. thanks for a chance to win! keeping my fingers crossed for some bonsai folding!

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  33. Looks fantastic, would love to get a chance to learn origami properly. Pretty please, with the sugar on top :).

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  34. These flowers are gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  35. Just beautiful. Even I don't win this giveaway, I'll definitely be giving this particular application of origami a try!

    molihua89 at gmail dot com

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  36. I love this! Looks like so much fun! aobrumet@gmail.com

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  37. I loved Ben's work in your All Things Paper book ... this looks like great fun and a wonderful stress reliever!

    deicher@pdidesign.com

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  38. Such a pretty flower. Thanks for the chance Ann.

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  39. Oh! I would love this book!
    The 22th is my birthday...
    carlen_miriam@hotmail.com

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  40. Gorgeous! I'd love to learn to do this!

    (you can click through to my profile to email me)

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  41. Thanks for this giveaway, Ann. The kit looks wonderful. Would be great to win it!
    sangitapillai@hotmail.com

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  42. i desperetly need this lovely book ....god...i wish i will get it ..

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  43. I love the way he did all this plants. Benjamin tried to give justice to both Bonsai and sculpture art.... I wish to have this copy to understand more about his art

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  44. Oh wow that paper is so cool! What a super kit.

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  45. Ahh man, I was really into origami a few years ago- I was trying to fill my room with 1000 paper cranes haha.
    I tried doing roses and flowers but they were always the trickiest, and no matter how many tutorial videos on youtube I searched for- I could never find one that I could make sense of :c
    These flowers look beautiful, and I would love another opportunity to try learning how to make them with a more in-depth tutorial
    (alice.7-7@hotmail.com)

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  46. What a great kit. It is beautiful. I would love to win it.

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  47. This is so lovely! Thank you so much for this great giveaway!

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  48. Wow!! Looks amazing, I love to have a go.
    Thanks for the chance to win. Helen C fuzzbear08@sky.com

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  49. I love the new origami kit. Simply delightful. As an origami paper artist who createst flower, it is pretty exciting to me. Kghornsten@yahoo.com

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  50. what a beautiful book, would love to win it. If not I will definelty buy it.

    xx Joanne

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  51. Exciting giveaway! Just beautiful origami pieces!

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  52. How lovely! hewat at earthlink dot net

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  53. That would make two wishes for me come true. Learning origami and keeping a Bonsai alive :).

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  54. I'd love to win this wonderful set!

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  55. Including a video is such a great idea. There have been patterns in the past that I have tried and couldn't finish because even though I thought I was following the directions, mine didn't look quite the same.

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  56. I have Ben's book Origami Bonsai. The book is beautiful. I would recommend it to everyone except for good pictures, educational level of the book is great, and Ben is the easy way on how to make your own creation. With a new book presented herein is obtained by the continuation of the world of origami bonsai. You need to try this because anyone can do it. My creations:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/origamivajgand/8027799414/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/origamivajgand/9089552921/

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a set of this wonderful
    vajgand@gmail.com

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  57. Thanks for this giveaway, Ann. The kit with those gorgeous set of papers looks wonderful. Would be great to win it!Hope to be lucky...
    http://www.kalasirjana.blogspot.in/
    sumanpandit@gmail.com

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  58. What a wonderful kit. My daughter loves doing origami...this would be a perfect gift! Thank you for this opportunity to win. (valerie.gurley@att.net).

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  59. Awesome kit! I love origami. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  60. What a lovely book. Thanks for the opportunity, Ann. Crossing my fingers !
    prachi DOT bora AT gmail DOT com

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  61. I love origami--my office has characters, flowers, etc.. all over it
    drasmusan@hilineford.com

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  62. How exciting...love the bonsai look and would love the opportunity to work with these beautiful papers! Thanks for the chance to win!!!!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  63. I love origami and am always looking for new and unusual projects. This bonsai kit looks wonderful! Thank you for the chance to win. :)

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  64. This will be a wonderful win I have would love to learn this craft.

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  65. It's a wonderful kit. I can't wait to start working on it.

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  66. Beautiful projects!
    Ellie Austin elaustin@live.com

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  67. My email address is annod_t@yahoo.com thanks for the chance for this

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  68. I've followed Ben since your original post. I'ts beautiful work! Would love the kit! bev . frey @ alaska . edu

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  69. I learned to make origami animals as a child with my mother,(then as is the norm forgot all about it). Learned all over again when my children wanted to give it a try. Then you've guessed it, I forgot all about it again. I have just started for the third time for my daughter's wedding. She wants an origami floral arrangement next to the seating arrangements at the reception. This could give me some great ideas if I was lucky enough to win.
    Susan
    shw_samuel@sky.com

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  70. I love making paper flowers and origami. These are beautiful! Would love to win.

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  71. Eu tenho o primeiro livor do Ben,o trabalhop dele é lindo. Adoraria ganhar este kit e aprender novas dobras com ele.
    vanda.albuquerque@gmail.com

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  72. I've always loved origami, but I'm even more fascinted when tradition meets non-traditionaldesign as it does in this kit! Thanks for offering this giveaway!

    susieq1_53223@yahoo.com

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  73. AWESOME!! I'm a huge origami fan. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway!

    tsaimilton@yahoo.com

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  74. Oh my, this kit looks awesome... thanks for the chance!

    LindaSonia - baddabinda@yahoo.com

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  75. This kit seems interesting.
    Lisha
    alinda915 at gmail dot com

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  76. This looks amazing! My fingers are crossed until Sunday!!

    My email is cathy at theorigamiboutique dot com

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  77. Thank you for sharing such talent and creativity, giving us the opportunity to learn how to spread more poetry and blossoms in this world. I hope I can win this kit.

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  78. My sis and I folded a whole zoo and I found this giveaway kit...I didn't notice that there are such things like origami flowers(I feel dumb)...wow this would be great around the animals and dinosaurs...many thanks for this giveaway

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  79. It would be lovely to win this kit! Thanks so much for the chance. I've always loved origami, and do paper folding automatically if I have a piece of paper (it doesn't matter what kind - a receipt, gum wrapper...) in my hand!

    n.serene@gmail.com

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  80. I have been given 2 Bonsai trees in my life and have not managed to keep either of them alive. This would be a perfect thing for me, I still love bonsai's (though I don't adopt them anymore) and anything to do with paper makes my heart skip a beat.

    cutandfoldpaper@yahoo.com

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  81. Would totally love to win this kit. I love plants and I love paper, what could be better than putting the 2 together? silkenpaw at gmail dot com

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  82. I love origami and I love paper crafts! I hope to win this wonderful kit.

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  83. I just bought some origami paper because it was so pretty but I am at a loss where paper folding is concerned. I would put this book to very good use should I be lucky enough to win it.

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  84. My profile links to my email address but providing it here, just in case.
    123beulahbee@gmail.com

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  85. I love this kit! It looks awesome! I did an origami themed Christmas tree last year... Maybe this year my whole tree could be mabe of paper! ( even if it is a small one... Lol!)
    erikabilledeaux at yahoo dot com

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  86. This giveaway has ended. Thanks so much to all who entered.

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