Monday, September 01, 2014

Origami Ikebana Review & Giveaway

I love the origami flower folds in Origami Ikebana by Benjamin John Coleman, published by Tuttle of Vermont. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. The author combines the principles of ikebana, origami and makigami (paper rolling) to create beautiful paper flower arrangements. This is the Buttercup, one of about 30 variations of the Basic Flower Form. A single sheet of paper is required to make it, I used an 11 cm square of dollar store origami paper. Coleman uses the innovative Glow-Fold method of paper folding, a diagramming technique he developed to simplify origami instructions. There are also lessons on how to make leaves, stems and bases all from paper and then fit them together. An instructional DVD is included. Get your copy below! Paper flowers are always in bloom.


How to Use This Book
Introducing Glow-Fold Instructions
Symbols, Tips, and Tools
Cutting Paper for Origami Ikebana

The Rotundifolius Leaf
The Ficus Leaf
The Berlin Poplar Leaf
The Ivy Leaf
The Boxwood Leaf
The Bamboo Leaf
The Fern Leaflet
The Micro Leaf

The Black Eyed Susan
The Basic Flower Form
The Michelle
The Curly Michelle
The Primrose
The Thistle
The Bud
The Phlox
The Phlox with Stamens
The Ipecac
The Banana
The Banana with Stamens
The Fleur de Lis
The Buttercup
The Pumpkin Flower
The Morning Glory
The Morning Glory with Stamens
The Short Shooting Star
The Bunchberry
The Trillium
The Hippeastrum
The Scorpion Weed
The Clematis
The Dragon Head
The Solanum
The Posey
The Long Shooting Star
The Pyrola
The Cranesbill
The Snap Dragon
The Droopy
The Foxglove
The Daisy
The Corolla
The Lady Slipper

Using Flowers in Assemblies
The Columbine Flower Assembly
The Double Dip Flower Assembly

Painting Leaves and Flowers
Making Rocks and Boulders
Painting the Rocks and Boulders
Introduction to Makigami
Assembling Origami Ikebana

Origami Ikebana is available in both my Canadian and USA Amazon Stores and worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

Tuttle Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Origami Ikebana! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Open until September 15, 2014. Canadian and USA addresses only.


  1. I would also like to read the book Acupoint Tapping. It looks like a very interesting book.
    Sherri J

  2. Chinese Knotting would be a really great book.

  3. I bet you really need to have a steady hand to do that don't you. It would be very interesting to watch too I'm sure. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I would love to have the Bible Origami Kit. Following email teachinmomma123abc at yahoo and GFC at Linda Bradshaw.

  5. I would like to get the Creative Beaded Jewelry. I have a lot of the things I need but have no talent so it would help.

  6. I would love to have the book "Paper Cutting for Celebrations". I love to do craft projects involving different kinds of paper.


  8. I would really enjoy to have the book "Paper Cutting for Celebrations"

  9. Several of my friends are into K-pop and Korean dramas, so "K-POP Now!" sounds interesting.

    Thanks for the chance to win --kirigami and origami is always a lot of fun. I used to fold a lot when I was a kid, but these designs look so much more professional!

  10. Chinese Embroidery looks really nice

  11. I would love to get the Asian Children's Favorite Stories for my kids!

  12. I would like to receive Everyday Life in Traditional Japan