Most origami instructions come in diagrammatic form, so you will need to be familiar with the system of symbols used. These are relatively self-explanatory, and quick to pick up. You can, of course, learn to fold modular origami models from the wealth of Youtube videos shared online, but I personally find that folding from original diagrams feels more authentic, and ultimately more rewarding. Interpreting them is part of the challenge! However, video instructions certainly have their uses, and often prove an invaluable aid to add some visual clarity when encountering particularly tricky folds.
Saying that, I have just purchased this bargain 500 sheet pack of coloured origami paper (on special offer at Amazon at the moment). And recently I found two packs of the most gorgeous rainbow geometric paper (above), which I've yet to use: Rainbow Patterns paper and Geometric Origami paper.
In a nutshell, though, pretty much anything goes! More information about different types of paper can be found at Robert J Lang's blog, here.
- Mathematical Origami: Geometrical Shapes by Paper Folding, by David Mitchell
- Beginners Book of Modular Origami Polyhedra: The Platonic Solids, by Rona Gurkewitz and Bennett Arnstein
- Tomoko Fuse: the renowned master of modular origami and author of several books of designs
- Robert Neale: alongside Mitsubo Sonobe, accredited with reinventing modular origami in the 1960s
- Thomas Hull: mathematical origamist; author of Project Origami: Activities for Exploring Mathematics
- David Mitchell: mathematical modular origamist and author of several books on the subject
- Meenakshi Mukerji: modular origamist and author of several books of designs
- Rona Gurkewitz and Bennett Arnstein: modular origamists and co-authors of several books of designs
- Maria Sinayskaya: kusudama and geometric modular origamist; see photos of her work here
- Ekaterina Lukasheva: kusudama and geometric modular origamist; see photos of her work here
- Krystyna Burczyk: mathematical origamist, specialising in 'twirligami'; see photos of her work here
- Francesco Guarnieri: geometric single sheet and modular origami; see photos of his work here
- Carmen Sprung: elegant geometric origami including stars and flowers; see photos of her work here
- Nick Robinson: @nickorigami, author of two Geometric Origami Kits
- Francesco Mancini: see photos of his work here
There, that should be more than enough to get you started! If you have any questions do contact me here or in the comments below. And happy folding :)