After yesterday’s post about the wonders of a stick… it somehow felt natural today to write a post about a piece of paper – not just any piece of paper though, but one carefully folded into a paper boat.
In the dim and distant past, whilst at art college, I became quite fixated about folding these delicate Origami designs and folded and photographed loads of them. It was a cheap way of getting afloat in the years when actually owning a boat seemed an impossibly expensive fantasy. I still find those folded paper boats every now and then, when I take a book off the shelves and one, perhaps once used as a bookmark, falls out…
CHALLENGE: if you’ve never attempted one take a look at the instructions further on in the post and have a go, it’s seductive, and frustrating, and then very satisfying when you actually get one that’s balanced well enough to float without toppling over. And if you do get one to float, release it, perhaps with a message, or (if you’re feeling daring) with a tea light. As it floats why not take a photo of it, and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll publish your efforts here on the blog.
Here are a few images of paper boats to whet your appetite… Come on, why not have a go?
ps. if you don’t like working from drawings, there are other instructions HERE.