- Make sure that your work space is clean, free of clutter, and large enough for you to work in.
- Make sure the area is properly lit; shadows make it difficult to see creases and fold precisely.
- Folding on a table or other flat surface is the best choice for beginners (some people prefer to hold paper in hands and fold in the air but this may pose as a challenge for beginners).
- It is best to work in an environment that is quiet and free from distractions.
- Large paper sizes work best for beginners. As mastery of folding improves, you may want to consider folding smaller sized paper.
- Have a variety of patterns and colors available to entice people you are working with.
- Have several sizes of paper on hand to accommodate different skill levels.
- Fold as neatly and precisely as you can. Sloppy folding can lead to problems down the line as you continue your project.
- Consider the individual(s) you are working with and decide if they require aids such as a bone folder.
- Sit alongside the individual you are working with to help them orient paper properly and provide assistance.
- Practice, practice, practice!
- Take your time! The focus is on the journey, not the result.
- Use frustration and anger that may occur as opportunities for therapeutic work.
- Take a break. You may not complete projects in one continuous stretch of time. Work at the pace/tolerance level of your client.
- Know your client and adjust the activity to their ability/skill level. The point is to build their confidence and give them an opportunity to succeed.
- Prioritize teaching models that you have mastered and practiced. If clients do request to fold something out of your knowledge, use it as an opportunity to learn together!