by Rick Beech
- 2002 by Southwater pub
|Skill Level||Simple to intermediate|
|Clear diagrams?||Not really diagrams - but step photographs, all in full color along with explanations|
|Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)?||Full color photos|
|Photos of completed models?||Yes|
|Is there indication to the model size resulting from size of starting paper?||No|
|Are the models "Pure" origami (From a single square - no cuts)?||Most are|
First of all - if you have the book: Origami - The Complete Guide to the Art of Paperfolding, Don't get Action Origami, since it's only a partial collection of models from that book. Nothing new is added. If you don't have The Complete Guide , then maybe you should consider buying it instead of Action Origami , because it adds many other nice models.
The book opens with a colorful section about the history of origami, followed by an excellent gallery of models. Next is a section about techniques (including back-coating and wet-folding) all with color photographs.The models range in difficulty from simple to intermediate, and there are no diagrams - the instructions are all photographs with explanatory text. This can be an advantage to those having difficulty reading from diagrams, and a disadvantage to those who are used to the symbol system.