Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Waterways Project- Origami Canoe

Today, Dear, Watery Readers, I had a lovely knitting date with my good friend Kelly who also happens to be gifted in the "bright ideas" department. This conversation along with caring, intelligent suggestions from our band of Merry Bloggers here has helped me to shake up my art making practice. This little tutorial is an homage to all the enlightening ideas I have been feasting on and a tiny hint of things to come in the Waterways Project.Here's a very LARGE thank you for your support and good wishes!

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What's happening here is that you gently turn the whole form inside out (without ripping the folds!) to form the canoe.

Using a bone folder helps set the creases more firmly.
If you want the outside of your boat to have a pattern, fold with the pattern side of the paper down on step one.

Here's a You Tube video with a slightly different approach.

Now I need to figure out how to fold a paddle.


Jeanette said...

Oh I like this idea. The little canoe is perfect. I can almost see a series of pieces just around it.

Travels with my canoe...

Isn't it great to explore different ideas and see where they lead?

Katherine Tyrrell said...

I bet this made you smile Lindsay! It'll soon be time to get out the big one....

Gesa Helms said...

fantastic idea, lindsay! boats as origami books... with paddles to turn the pages. great idea, and i'm looking forward to seeing more :)

Lindsay said...

Thanks everyone. It was lots of fun to make this one and I'm now researching appropriate materials for something fun!

I'm starting to build back up my upper body strength in anticipation of getting "Old Leaky" launched next month.

Laureline said...

I love the idea of your focusing on the canoe and paddle for a series of pieces, two-dimensional or 3-D! If you decide to do this, there's a wonderful book by Moira Huntly that will help you to see structure and shape clearly:

I find I need to know structure even if I'm abstracting and simplifying shapes. You may not have that need.

Lindsay said...

Thanks Laura and I'm on my way to check this out!

vivien said...


I have to make these with Sam - he'd love them.

Off to save and print it .......

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

Our first origami post on Watemarks...just shos there is no end to watermarking! Very original idea and exciting and a glimpse on Old Leaky's appearance soon!