I am quite possibly the world’s most artistically-challenged person. (Just thought I’d throw that out there for any other homeschool moms who feel completely inept in the art department. Y’all are not alone.)
I can’t imagine where my daughter, Kaylee, gets her love of all things artistic, but I’ve done my best to encourage her interest. She enjoys drawing with pen or pencil, painting with acrylics, and using chalk pastels, among other things.
Needless to say, Kaylee was excited to have the opportunity to try a new art technique: 3D drawing.
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Introducing the AtmosFlare 3D Pen
AtmosFlare 3D has introduced an affordable 3D pen that is perfect for homeschoolers. This handy little 3D drawing pen can literally draw and sculpt in mid-air. Super cool!
As with most art techniques, there is definitely a learning curve to 3D drawing. With practice, though, the possibilities are virtually limitless. From simple to complex, this tool can bring to life almost anything your mind can imagine.
Kaylee jumped right in with the 3D pen, learning and fine-tuning her touch as she went. She definitely enjoyed the experience. In fact, she commented that she could see herself really getting “into” 3D drawing!
Several of the kids hung around, watching her create various objects. And I’ll let you in on a little secret: I even took a turn with the 3D pen! That’s huge, folks.
Kaylee tried a cube design first, and then began working on a tree. This is far from the amazing 3D creations I’ve seen online, but I was impressed with how well she was able to do on her first 3D design ever!
When you purchase the AtmosFlare 3D pen, you also receive two ink cartridges (red and blue), four pen tips, and one AA battery. Additional ink cartridges are available for purchase separately.
If you’d rather not purchase online, you can also find the AtmosFlare 3D pen at Toys “R” Us and Best Buy.
Tips for Using the AtmosFlare 3D Pen
1. Always work on dark paper.
We didn’t think that paper color would really make a difference. It’s just a work surface, right? But from our experience I can assure you that dark paper is a must for successful 3D drawing.
When Kaylee tried to work on white paper, the ink would dry too quickly. This would either cause the ink to clump and clog the tip, or to become brittle and break off mid-stroke.
This whole issue actually makes sense when you remember that light colors reflect light, which ultimately causes the ink to dry more quickly. It’s science, y’all.
2. Begin drawing before turning on the light.
The light causes the ink to dry and harden, or “cure.” Kaylee found that if the light was on while beginning to draw, it caused the ink to dry too quickly and clump in the drawing tip.
Beginning to draw and then quickly turning on the light worked beautifully.
3. Remember that the ink will not air-dry.
It may seem safe to assume that the ink will dry and harden with exposure to air – after all, isn’t that what happens with modeling clay?
However, the ink actually requires exposure to UV light in order to harden. That nifty little blue light produces the UV light that dries the ink as you draw.
If your completed project has some spots that aren’t dry, you can either use the light on them a bit more or set your project in direct sunlight. Either way, it will be exposed to the UV light it needs in order to cure.
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