Yoshizawa, a Japanese artist helped revive the art of origami when he developed a process of dampening the paper so he could mold sculptural forms. He called the process "wet folding". With his geometric skills, great imagination and precision he created magnificent dragons, elephants and birds using a single sheet of paper. His directions for folding have been cited in a great number of origami primers. Yoshizawa received world recognition in the 1950's and later was the cultural ambassador for Japan.
What Materials are Needed for Origami?
Origami is an activity requiring just one physical material - paper. With just one piece of paper an individual can create numerous beautiful and complex compositions. They type of paper used for origami would depend on the project. For simple projects such as a paper airplane or a crane, normal copy paper (19-24lbs) is sufficient. For people who are learning this art, using normal copy paper would likely be a smart idea since it would be less-expensive than buying fancy origami paper.
Origami for Children
As far back as the mid 1800's it was discovered that origami was a delightful project for young children. Besides teaching eye hand coordination and developing concentration the child had a toy they had made themselves when they were finished. With practice a child of any age can even create a number of the more advanced figures.