Rose (Brian Chan)

Chan, Brian
Adams, Sara
Difficulty Level: 
Model type: 
Flowers & Plants
Paper ratio: 

This picture shows two first-tries.
I made tissue foil using white glue for the first time. The picture shows both sheets I made, one of them I used for my first fold of Brian Chan's rose.

Making tissue foil
I'd tried making tissue foil with spray glue before, which - even when doing it outside - smelled quite toxic. I think I also chose the wrong spray glue back then, which resulted in tissue foil that was too thick and the glue lumped when you creased the paper.
So today - white glue. I used Metylan Ovalit T, a glue for heavy wallpaper that is transparent when dried. I thinned it down by quite a bit, because I needed light paper. I'd say the ratio was maybe 1 to 1. First I rolled some foil on a picture frame, any smooth surface that's easy to clean will do. Then I applied the thinned down white glue on the foil using a foam paint roller. Next I rolled the red tissue onto a cardboard roll (wrapping paper is often sold on those rolls), and then rolled the tissue onto the foil. This prevents you from getting too many air bubbles. I then used a cloth to get rid of the air bubbles that did sneak in. Finally, I turned over the tissue paper and did the same thing on the other side, just this time using green tissue paper. Finally, I removed the tissue paper, attached it to the window sill and let it dry there. After cleaning the picture frame I checked the paper and it was basically dry already. So all that was left to do is cut some squares from it - I cut two 28.25cm squares from it. I didn't have the right template size at hand, so I aligned two of them, hence the strange size.
It all worked really well, and I was surprised by how thin the tissue foil turned out to be.

Folding the rose
Of course, using very thinned down glue did mean that while folding I had to be careful that the layers didn't separate again. Thankfully, Brian Chan's rose doesn't have too complex procedures in it. But I think the paper was still not thin enough for the rose to reach its full potential. Maybe using tissue paper with two - or even just one - layer would deliver the desired paper weight. But I only have tissue that bleeds, so I can't make red/green tissue paper with it. And I did want to have that colour change effect in the finished model.
I'm pretty happy with the finished rose, given that it's my first fold. The diagrams are very clear, but I'm not sure I love the model as much as I want to. It's just so many layers of paper stacked on top of each other in the stem. And the rose itself essentially consists of four flaps that you shape to taste. Still, it IS a beautiful model, and I applaud Brian Chan for having met the challenge of folding a rose including stem and leaves from a single sheet of paper. And you can add thorns if you use a slightly modified crease pattern, which he provides at the end of the diagrams.

Paper: 28.25cm square of tissue foil
Model: 16.7 cm long


You made a really great one Sara. Its my favorite model so far. Do you think you might be able to make a video on how to make it?

Firts of all I would like to say I have been following your page and videos for a while and I really love them. You're trully amazing at what you do. I understand you don't particularly love this design but it would be great if you could make a video on how to fold it if you get the time (and Brian Chan's permission, of course), the pattern alone is just a little too advanced for me.

Thank you so much and congratulations on a beautiful first attempt!

why cant you just paint the red double with green

You may, if you wish, paint one side of a sheet of paper green. I haven't experimented with painting paper, though. Also, you have to be careful that the paint does not penetrate the paper (thus changing the back colour), and that the paint does not negatively effect the foldability of the paper.

-- Sara

can you teach the rose

Hi Sara
You've folded a great rose.
I'd like to fold it too, but I can't finde a store with the book.
Where did you buy the book?
Thanks for the answer.

u can by this on passion origami according to gilad's origami page :) ( this time i did it on reply i dont no why really but i did)

u can buy that book at according to gilad's origami page :)

No, you can't anymore. Tanteidan 12 was sold out.

-- Sara

cause i checked the website

hi, how many steps has this model got??
i really want to fold it but i havent got the diagrams!


I'm not sure how it helps knowing the number of steps, but here you are: there are 50 diagrammed steps for that rose.

-- Sara

You should display your rose just like Brian Chan displays his...over ared sheet of paper and next to Guy Fawkes Mask a.k.a. V's mask a.k.a. The V for Vendetta Mask.

If you go on youtube and type in Guy Fawkes Mask Origami you can find a tutorial on how to fold Brian Chan's (V's Mask actually) origami mask. And, I really just wanna say this to you for once "HAPPY FOLDING"

-your biggest/#1 fan

Ha, I actually already folded that mask from the video you mentioned. Not as easy as he makes it look. I think he shows a variation in the video, or his picture shows a variation of the model he shows in the video. Some details look different, but maybe it's just practice and placing some judgement folds differently.
I should give that mask another try!

-- Sara

Hey Sara could you do a video on this ? it has only 50 steps not too much for a video and it's intermediate so you can make a video if you want and if Brian Chan gives you the permission right? So please try to contact him to make a video on this!!!!!!!!

Hi sara

I need help by step 44.
I don't know how to outside-reverse fold.
I hope you can help me.


I had a quick look at the diagrams and couldn't make out why the step is difficult just from looking at that. I fear I currently don't have the time to fold the model to point you in the right direction. However, you can try getting help in the origami forum. Check

Hope this helps a bit,

-- Sara

No, I don't. I wish I would, though! I fear it was out of print and sold out too quickly for me to secure a copy. :(

-- Sara

Well, sometimes I do fold with friends. And they do sometimes have books I don't own. :)

-- Sara

i heard he was writing a book whats in it, and where can i get it?
he said wall-e is going to be in it (like i need diagrams for it, the pattern was all i needed), and
V's Mask
Fiddler Crab
Dorcus curvidens (stag beetle)
Wall-E (If I can get approval)
and he is *** asking people what they want to be *In The book***! here http://www.facebook....
its (i think) call "Brian Chan" well its late to suggest, that was 2009 ¬_¬"

I believe you are right in that Brian Chan is working on a book. However, I believe it's not ready yet. As to the post you referenced, that was less than a year ago. And the models hadn't been decided yet. Preparing and publishing a book does take some time. :)

-- Sara

My guess is as good as your guess. I'm sure it'll be announced once it's available, maybe there'll even be a preorder.

-- Sara

i read on his youtube video it should be comming out later this year (he said in may?)

What do you mean by "on the bottom"? The other side of the leaf is mostly red, yes. Other than that, the stem should be green throughout, and only the petals should be red.

-- Sara

Hey, I was wondering how you made your petals like that. Every time I fold this model, I can't make the petals seems to go up like that so I end up making them rose buds instead. Is there any way you might be able to show how you made it like that? o.o

Hi sara! I was tring to make the rose but at last i cant curl the petals as they do not get locked.... plz tell me how to lock them????

Your work is remarkable.. wow!!:-) :-)

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