Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Eleven and More Tatos

A tato doesn’t have to be square. You can fold one out of almost any geometric shape. Taotos are also often more decorative than the ones I showed you yesterday.

The basic steps for the first form yesterday will produce a simple tato from other geometric shapes. Fold each edge in to the middle, then open flat. After all the edge creases are established, fold the edges in to the middle again sequentially. Tuck the end of the final fold under the first fold.

Here are some that I made.

The blue octagonal tato at the top of the image has had some extra steps added to create a more decorative top.

Here are my instructions for folding a tato from a pre-cut hexagon.

You can draw your own hexagon, or print out the template pdf here.

Establish the centre of your hexagon either by folding in half three times, matching each flat side to the one opposite, or by placing a ruler where the dotted lines are and marking the centre with a light pencil line. You can erase the pencil mark after you do the folding.

Fold each side of the octagon in to the middle, opening flat after each fold.

Then fold the sides in again, one at a time, bringing the bottom corner down and over the previous layer. Two points are indicated below.

Fold all six sides. You will have something that looks like this.

Reach under the last section folded and pull out the point of the first fold so that it lies on top. For a simple tato, you can stop here. For a fancier closure, there are a few more steps.

Lift up one of the points. Fold it to the right to make the next step easier. Repeat with the other five points.

Lift up the point again and squash it gently to make a kite shape. The tip of the kite should touch the centre of the hexagon.

The flattened shape should look like this.

Repeat with the rest of the points, tucking the last kite shape under the first one.

Here’s another one in pink.

If you would prefer video instructions for the hexagon, you could try this tutorial.

If you want to fold an octagon, there  is a link to pictorial instructions below the image.

Octagonal tato.

If you want to try folding a fancier tato, there are lots of instructions on the internet. Try googling ‘origami tato’ or ‘tato envelope’ to find one you like.

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About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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1 Response to Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Eleven and More Tatos

  1. Pingback: Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Twenty-five and An Index | Byopia Press

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