Author(s): Benjamin John Coleman
Explore the exciting world of origami floral art! The Japanese art of flower arranging is an age-old practice that honors nature and creates beauty through harmony and balance. This brand new book, "Origami Ikebana," shows you how to create unique ikebana-inspired paper flower arrangements any time of the year. Since discovering ikebana some years ago, origami artist and author Benjamin Coleman has worked on developing techniques that enable him to create ikebana-style floral arrangements with simple folded paper. In this book, Coleman combines the principles and techniques of ikebana, origami and "makigam"i (paper rolling) to create beautiful and lifelike paper flower arrangements. You'll learn how to construct stems from paper-mache-like "makigami" rolls and cap them with exquisite folded paper flowers and leaves, as well as how to display the arrangements on stone-like bases made of paper.Topics covered in this ground-breaking book include: Basic flower folding and assembly techniquesPainting the leaves and flowers to enhance realismUsing incremental leaf sizes for a greater sense of depthMaking stems using "makigami" paper rolling techniquesCreating "stone" bases for your arrangement from paperDozens of different flower arrangements are described in this book and the enclosed DVD contains detailed step-by-step video lessons showing you how to create each model. Don't spend a fortune on real flowers and plants that will wilt in a week--make your own beautiful paper floral arrangements that will last forever!
Benjamin John Coleman has been hooked on origami since his father gave him his first origami book in 1974. Ben's revolutionary contribution to the art has been the creation and design of origami bonsai botanical sculptures. He enjoys sharing the history, beauty and simplicity of this art form with others.