Not All Heroes Wear a Cape

If you’re like us, you are inspired by superheroes. A superhero is a character that has extraordinary abilities and uses those abilities to help the world become a better place.

Superheroes are easy to recognize because they wear costumes that stand out. It is not uncommon for a superhero to sport a brightly colored spandex with an emblem that represents the character’s brand. But superhero costumes are practical, as well.

While capes and masks provide a certain flair, superhero costumes often incorporate tools that the hero needs to succeed. When we think about superhero costumes in this context, it isn’t much of a leap to think about clothing as a way to help people exercise their extraordinary abilities — just like superheroes.

Sweatshirts keep us warm. Sturdy shoes help us to run fast. Gloves protect our hands from cuts, scrapes, and blisters. And the list goes on; clothing is simply a practical way to help us live up to our potential every day.

Like superheroes, we all require different outfits to succeed. Many kids are impacted by health conditions that make traditional clothing inaccessible to them. Some forward-thinking companies have started to sell more inclusive clothes that help everyone express themselves confidently and stylishly.

Perhaps you’ve come across a brand like Billy’s Footwear, which smashes fashion with function by incorporating zippers that go along the side of the shoes and around the toe, allowing the upper of each shoe to open and fold over completely. Or perhaps you opt for the DIY approach and use your 3Doodler Create+ pen to modify your kids clothing, lunchbox or backpack so that it works better for their needs. It’s little actions like these that can level up your own superhero’s skills each morning.

Take a look at some of the stores that are now offering more inclusive fashion choices for kids, adults, and seniors.

Designing Your Own Superhero Costume

In honor of National Superhero Day on April 28, we wanted to take some time to look at the myriad ways that clothing can help us shine. With this in mind, Superhero Nation wrote a great article about how to design your own superhero costume.

One of our favorite tips is “a superhero’s costume should tell something important about the hero.” As you’re designing your superhero costume this week, think about how you can best showcase your superpowers. Maybe you can pretend to harness your superior strength through magic bracelets like Wonder Woman, or rely on a high-tech utility belt like Batman. For example, some kids with visual impairments use braille patches to quickly and easily differentiate between parts of their clothes.

No matter how you choose to represent your superpowers (real or imaginary) this week, feel free to do it with some flair. The 3Doodler team has created a free superhero mask stencil for you to use as a starting point in designing your own superhero mask. Check out our full tutorial here.

As you know from previous posts, we love to create wearables because they are versatile, fun, and easy to do with our 3D pens.

What do you wear that makes you a #superhero? Share with us @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate

What on Earth?! Doodling the World Around Us

The first Earth Day took place in 1970. It started an important global conversation about how we can all be better stewards of the environment.

Today, more than a billion people every year celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by looking for new ways to raise awareness for the health of the world around them, reduce their carbon footprint, and advocate for important policy changes that will benefit the environment.

According to the official Earth Day website, there are a variety of ways that we can celebrate our own version of Earth Day, every day. Here are just a few that you can share with your students:

Earth Day Tips
  • Pick up trash when you come across it — even if it’s not yours.

  • Bring your own grocery bag to the store.

  • Turn off lights and appliances in empty rooms.

  • Limit the time you spend in the shower to help conserve water.

  • Recycle! Better yet, compost!

Another cool way to commemorate Earth Day is to encourage your students to incorporate nature into their artwork. Nature is one of the best art mediums around because it is so versatile. Here are a few ways you can work with your students to explore the world around you and create something beautiful:

Explore “earth tones” in your color palette. Many artists rely on earth tones to make their artwork pop. Earth tones are colors like red or brown that we can find in the world around us. Often, these colors are derived from rocks or clay; they have been used in art for tens of thousands of years because they are widely available, relatively permanent, and pleasing to the eye.

Doodle Art Imitates Life

Get inspiration from nature. Some of the most popular artwork of our time has been inspired by the world around us. Landscape painting, for example, is the depiction of natural scenes through art. Leonardo da Vinci is a well-known landscape artist whose earliest known drawing depicted the valley he played in as a child in Italy. Landscape drawings could include man-made structures or people. However, they commonly render mountains, forests, or bodies of water.

Incorporate natural objects into your artwork. Perhaps one of the most interesting ways to honor nature through your art is to include it directly. There are lots of fun ways that kids and adults do that every day:

  • Creating a sandcastle at the beach is a form of sand sculpture that uses materials found in nature — in this case, sand — to create something unique and beautiful.
  • Ephemeral art encourages people to find items in nature, including sticks, leaves, rocks, shells, etc., and arrange them into artistic patterns.
  • Using nature as a paintbrush, via flower painting, is a fun way for kids to be creative and work with new materials. Simply find a flower and dip it in paint as a paintbrush to create a beautiful piece of art.

Now that Spring has sprung, the 3Doodler team has particularly enjoyed walking around our respective neighborhoods to collect leaves growing from local trees and bushes. It’s fun to look at the different colors, sizes, shapes, and textures of this new growth — and it’s a great opportunity to create new artwork.

While we often create stencils for you to use to Doodle new projects, we’d encourage you to use Mother Nature as a stencil this Earth Day. Collect a handful of beautiful leaves from your community and use your 3Doodler pen to draw their unique veins and blades in 3D! Pay attention to what makes one type of leaf different from another. Choose earth tones or bold colors to accentuate the shape and texture of each leaf.

After you’ve traced your leaves, take this project a step further and use your leaf tracings to create other types of artwork, or enjoy them as-is. The point of this project is similar to the point of Earth Day: to “leave” your mark, whatever it may be!

A DIY Feeder that Brings all the Birds to the Yard

Spring has officially sprung, and the 3Doodler team has found some exciting new ways to connect with nature — including birding. The National Audubon Society has some great tips on birding with kids, and we can vouch for the fact that birding helps kids to embrace their inner ornithologist and fall even deeper in love with science.

Aside from the gorgeous sounds that birds use to communicate, we’ve recently been inspired by the interesting colors and patterns that mark the birds around us. A bird’s colors and patterns are an important way for it to:

  • Attract possible mates
  • Identify its own species
  • Hide from predators

Today, we thought it would be fun to work together to Doodle a bird feeder using your 3D pen, which you can use to attract local birds in your backyard! Here is a free bird feeder stencil for you to download here

After you’ve printed the stencil, take a look at the different parts of your feeder and plan out which colors you want to use for each section. Did you know certain birds are attracted to certain colors? We chose red for our feeder. Use your 3D pen to trace each section, paying attention to the number of pieces required for each section. Once all of your pieces are Doodled, it’s time to assemble! You can follow along with our step-by-step tutorial here.

Once you’ve assembled your feeder, fill it with your bird food of choice and hang it in your backyard. Make sure to put it somewhere that you can easily see from a window, porch, or favorite outside spot so when the birds discover your creation you’ll have a front-row seat.

Need something to do while you wait? Doodle a bird using one of our handy templates here or here. If you’re having trouble coming up with birds to Doodle, think about the types of birds that have caught your eye in the past. What color feathers are most appealing to you? Why?

Not feeling inspired by the birds you’re seeing outside? Not a problem!

You’re probably familiar with a lot of different kinds of birds. Think about recreating some pretend birds like Big Bird, Tweety Bird, or Toucan Sam. Or perhaps you could design your own Mockingjay, as in The Hunger Games book series by Suzanne Collins.

Did you Doodle your favorite bird, or create an entirely new one? Share your design with us @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate

 

Celebrating Rainbows and Unicorns in 3D!

Life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. But sometimes it is.

April 9 is National Unicorn Day. And while no human being has officially seen a unicorn, that doesn’t necessarily mean that unicorns are not real. To put it into perspective, no human being had ever seen a gorilla in person until 1902!

Though the unicorn is classified as a “mythological” creature, the idea of a horse with a single horn on its forehead has been around for quite some time. In fact, the unicorn was included in early Mesopotamian artwork, ancient myths originating from China and India, and even certain passages in the Bible.

The creature also makes an appearance in modern literature. Unicorns are mentioned in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis; in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling; and in Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn — just to name a few familiar titles.

Over time, unicorns have become synonymous with beauty, power, magic, and mythology. And, if you’ve ever heard of someone talking about “finding a unicorn,” you know that they mean they have found someone special. So, in honor of National Unicorn Day, the 3Doodler team thought it would be fun to Doodle our own special unicorn horns — or alicorns.

Check out our tutorial here.

We’re excited to work with you on this project for two reasons:

It’s fun to create wearables with your kids.
Dressing up has always been a great opportunity for kids to learn, play, and exercise their creativity in new ways. When we combine these skills with the excitement of using a 3D pen, we’re essentially giving our kiddos the tools they need to amplify and more deeply engage in these lessons.

Not to mention, creating wearables with 3Doodler 3D pens is safe and easy. The learning curve is small, and you never have to worry about the plastics being hot to the touch. Wearable projects with 3Doodler are truly “create and play.”

We have the supplies your kids need to make their unicorns picture-perfect.
Last week we shared some exciting new plastic bundles with you that are fit for a unicorn! Colors like lilac, pistachio, lemon zest, and Spring green are sure to get your kids’ creative juices flowing — and add that special “something” to their unicorn horn projects.

So, if you have the time, please join us in creating your own unicorn headband so you can celebrate National Unicorn Day as it was meant to be celebrated — with a little bit of creativity and magic.

Share your magical unicorns with us: @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate

Exploring Fabergé Eggs

As we gear up for Easter, rather than working with your class to dye eggs for their baskets, why not encourage them to doodle their own Fabergé eggs?

3Doodled Fabergé

Fabergé eggs have acquired an almost cult-like status in popular culture as symbols of the power and wealth of the Russian Empire. Created between 1885 and 1917, the intricate, jeweled eggs were originally made as Easter presents for the wives and mothers of the Russian aristocracy.

Would you believe that there are likely only 57 Fabergé eggs in existence today?!

A Fabergé egg is a unique and festive gift for students to share with their families. Plus, they can enjoy their designs as Easter decorations for years to come. Since Fabergé eggs are made up of jewels and intricate artwork in real life, creating Fabergé replicas with your 3Doodler pens and plastic is a natural extension of the medium.

Wondering how we created our Fabergé eggs?

We started with a real egg, poked a hole at the bottom to drain the yolk and egg whites. Make sure you do this over a sink or a trash can; it can get pretty messy.

Then we took our 3Doodler 3D printing pen and began Doodling an outline design on the egg’s surface.

Lastly, we created our final look by adding on a few additional accents and unique decorations up and down the egg until we felt it lived up to the name, Fabergé.

For a more in-depth step-by-step process to Doodling your first Fabergé egg, head on over to our tutorial here.

Fresh Spring Deals for Oodles of Doodles

To give you even more festive seasonal Doodles, we’ve curated a couple of limited-time Plastic Bundles for our 3Doodler Create+ and 3Doodler Start pen owners.

Today through Wednesday, April 7, we are offering the following deals that you’ll want to hop on before time runs out!

3Doodler Create+ Plastic Spring Bundle
Enjoy four calming Spring colors for $25, including:
  • Lilac

  • Snow White

  • Pistachio

  • French vanilla

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3Doodler Start Eco-Plastic Spring Bundle
For $25, help your students expand their artistic palettes with lighter shades, including:
  • Pink

  • Lemon zest

  • Pastel blue

  • Spring green

  • Plus Red, Blue, Gray and Green

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Additionally, both of our Essentials Pen Sets, the Start Essentials Pen Set and the Create+ Essentials Pen Set, will be available at 25% off on our site through April 7. So, if you’re looking to stock up, or in need of a great gift, now is the time to grab one of our Essential Pen Sets!

Of course, all of these offers are good only while supplies last. We’d recommend you act quickly to be sure you have the supplies necessary to participate in some of the upcoming projects we have planned for the month of April. The new color bundles will pair well with the Spring Doodles we’re planning, and we can’t wait to work with you — and your students — to make them come to life.

Next week? We’re taking a look at unicorns. Stay tuned!

Share your pastel Fabergé eggs with us @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate

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