Last year, I think I mentioned that I had started to make some Origami. When it was time to choose a new desktop calendar, I decided upon one that offered an Origami project for every day of the year, thinking it would be ideal for a beginner (some of this Origami is quite difficult).
Each page of the calendar has instructions for an Origami project on one side, and is coloured, sometimes patterned, on the other. The idea is that you save the piece of paper from the day before to use for the following day's folding.
It's a wonderful idea, but, as a guide to Origami, the calendar has presented me with something of a dilemma. The trouble is that I would like to keep the Origami instructions for future reference so I can repeat the projects and so build up my skills. At first I thought I would keep the calendar in tact and just use other paper. But then I saw the paper.
There are such nice colours and patterns amongst the sheets; colours and patterns that would make for perfectly decorated Origami objects. And I think they're just pleasing to look at first thing in the morning when I flip the calendar over to a new day.
After I made a nightingale on the first of January, I also discovered that the paper folds very easily; it stays firm and makes very sharp fold lines, which is the exact quality you want in Origami (at my level).
I've been holding off on folding any of the other pages until I remembered to photocopy the instructions of at least the first month of 2007. I did that photocopying today, and while I was around the office equipment at work, I decided I would scan some of my favourite patterns from January, so you could look at them, and maybe feel all lovely too.