Easy Butterfly Origami

My new book, Easy Butterfly Origami features 30 bold full-color patterns designed to accurately portray the dorsal and ventral sides of some of the most beautiful butterflies from around the world!

Origami Folding Tips

Origami, from the Japanese ori (to fold) and kami (paper), began in the 6th century when Buddhist monks introduced paper to Japan. The print-and-fold crafts and easy diagrams are designed to help children with fine motor skills, directions and hand eye coordination. Some basic origami folding tips:
  • Print and cut out patterns carefully.
  • Fold with clean, dry hands.
  • Follow the instructions. Study the diagrams and be patient.
  • Be precise: fold each crease well, flattening the creases by running your fingertip over the fold.
  • Folding the paper away from you is easier than folding towards you.
  • Be creative...use your origami on greeting cards, holiday decorations, table place cards and bookmarks.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2012 is the Year of the Dragon

1928 January 23 to February 09 1929
1940 February 08 to January 26 1941
1952 January 27 to February 13 1953
1964 February 13 to February 01 1965
1976 January 31 to February 17 1977
1988 February 17 to February 05 1989
2000 February 05 to January 23 2001
2012 January 23 to February 09 2013

You are the most eccentric of the cycle. Born with a natural charisma, it is unlikely that you will escape unnoticed at a social gathering. You are lively company and interested in the world around you. You are full of energy and enthusiasm. You also have a brave and charitable side to your character. If a friend has a problem, you will offer help, and when others retreat, you will step forward to resolve the problem with diplomacy and authority. 
At times you become frustrated with others because they do not have your stamina or skills. You border on being a perfectionist and will always try to maintain the high standards you set for yourself. Often you will work long hours in order to achieve what you want. However, if ever your trust has been abused or your dignity wounded, you can become very bitter and will take a long time to forgive and forget.
Be careful that you do not run the risk of being overly-confident because it may cause you to make errors of judgment. However if this occurs, you have the ability to recover and pick up the pieces again.
Your strong will-power and assertive personality will lead you to be successful in your chosen profession. Your leadership qualities are at its peak when you can put your own ideas and policies into action.
You have many friends and will often be the center of attention. You have so much confidence in yourself that you can often become a source of inspiration for others. In China, a Dragon person is always selected to be the head of a carnival and he is also blessed with luck.
Good for matrimony with rat, snake, monkey or rooster year people.
Avoid mating with ox, rabbit or dog year people. .
The dragon is linked to the color yellow, the imperial color of China, that was once reserved for the emperor. Yellow symbolizes progress, fame and achievement. It also represents earth, since the fertile soils in parts of China has a yellow hue.
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