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Bird of Paradise Flower

 

Origami Bird of Paradise Flower

Paper used:  a single un-cut square of back-coated mulberry tissue paper treated with methyl cellulose.

Design date:  September, 2012

Base Crease Pattern: 

Origami Bird of Paradise Flower Base

Design Reference:

Real Bird of Paradise Flower

 

I love origami flowers, and my trip to Hawaii was in many ways the original motivation behind this - most of my first flower designs (such as my hibiscus, heliconia, lotus flower, and torch ginger) were inspired by that trip.  I find it strange, and can't really explain why, that it took me this long to design a bird of paradise flower.  I really like the way it turned out - I only wish I had a brighter orange paper to use.  I think the picture looks great by itself but, when side-by-side with the real picture I based my design on, the orange in my model looks a little faded.