Monday, September 19, 2011

Free Digi Sketch: Origami Peace Crane

Good morning friends! It's Monday and I have another Digi Sketch to share with you today!

This sketch is of an origami peace crane.  Since this Wednesday, September 21st is the International Day of Peace, I wanted to share with you a symbol and story of peace.

If you are not familiar with the story of Sadako Sasaki and the paper peace cranes yet, I highly recommend it.  You can find it in most public libraries and the illustrations are as beautiful as the story itself.  You can find a website about the story geared towards children at the Hiroshima Peace Museum's website, and also as a free pdf:  "The Story of the Peace Crane".
There is a Japanese legend that goes that if a person folded a thousand paper cranes, he or she would receive their wish.
Sadako Sasaki was a young girl in Japan who loved to run.  However she became sick with leukemia from the Hiroshima atomic bomb radiation.  After she got sick, she started to fold cranes with the wish that she would get better and run again, but she never made it to one thousand.  She passed away at age 12, to the shock of her class.  They finished her thousand paper cranes.
Today, schoolchildren all over the world send thousands of paper cranes to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial in Japan, where the cranes adorn a statue of Sadako Sasaki, a heroine of peace for the whole world, reminding us of the cost of peace--both in conflict and in the aftermath.
If you are interested in folding cranes with your own children, you can find directions on how to fold them and and details of where to send them HERE.
File is in .jpg format

You are welcome to use these sketches for your projects, but all I ask is that
1) You do not try to pass off my artwork as your own and
2) Please link back to me on your posts or projects. Images are still copyright to me, Kathryn Ritter. 3) I would love to see your projects as well; please come back and link them up so that we can all see YOUR work! :)

Also, when you are telling others about my free sketches, please use the watermarked image below for display and provide a link back to the main Digi Sketch page--THANK YOU!

As I add more sketches to the collection, you'll be able to find them using the tab at the top of the page. I hope you will keep checking back or follow so you won't miss any new sketches as I make them available. My goal is to share with my fellow crafters so the more the merrier! :)
Have a great day!


  1. Lovely story and fabulous crane image! Thanks so much, Kathryn.

  2. Great post! And, what a great image!


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