If you are like me, you have a hard time wrapping your head around 3D drawing. Well, just think sculpting. That’s what 3D drawing is — sculpting something in space from a special colored plastic that is extruded from a pen with a blue light on it. That’s it in a nutshell. After getting a feel for the pen and the ink, Emma decided to make an elephant.

Artistic Tips for Using the AtmosFlare 3D Pen

I asked the resident artist what advice she would give other kids using the 3D pen in terms of creating artwork.

  • Test it out first by building a little cube or tube like the photo above. See how far apart you can make the strands to see how it works.

  • Your thumb and hand will get cramped from pressing the ink out. Pace yourself.

  • Some of the colors are easier to draw with than others. The consistency differs by color.

  • Work slowly, and watch your line. When it starts to droop, connect it to something to anchor it. If you work slowly and extrude enough ink, you can go pretty far in mid-air. The video below demonstrates this tip.

  • Clean your tip periodically by dabbing it onto a disposable surface.

  • Your creation will stick to whatever you build it on. Make sure it’s something you can throw away eventually. And when you peel it off, be very careful! Let is harden for several days before even trying or you may destroy your art.

    Read the whole article here: http://jimmiescollage.com/2016/03/3d-pen/