Introduction: Recreating Classical Art With the Da Vinci 3D Pen Cool

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Many breath-taking classic paintings drive people thousands of miles across the globe, heading to a specific museum, just to experience the original piece for themselves, for example, the《Mona Lisa》 by Leonardo da Vinci in Musée du Louvre Paris,《The Kiss》by Gustav Klimt in Schloss Belverdere Vienna,《Girl with a Pearl Earring》by Johannes Vermeer in Mauritshuis The Hague. XYZprinting would like to share a technique with all makers, to create a reproduction of any classic using a 3D-Pen. The method is inspired by pancake art which is easy, simple and suitable for any age to give it a try!


1. 3D-Pen

2. PCL Filament (various colors)

3. Drawing pad or tracing paper

4. Frame

Note: You can get materials 1-3 in the da Vinci 3D Pen EDU Bundle

Step 1: Step 1: Download the Classic Painting and Mirror It

Download an image of the《Mona Lisa》, open Power Point, load your picture file, and flip it horizontally, by clicking the “Flip Horizontal” within the rotate options. Print out a color version that fits your frame size.

Step 2: Step 2: Draw the Outline of Classic Painting

Put the transplant plastic drawing pad onto your printed copy, insert the black PCL filament into your 3D-Pen, and start with tracing the outline of the face, then the hair and clothes.

Step 3: Step 3: Complete the Picture by Filling in Colors

After drawing the black outline, it is time to inspect the classic painting and divide the picture into different color zones, corresponding to your PCL printing materials’ color. For example: The face of Mona Lisa: you can use orange for the shadow parts and yellow for the bright parts, it helps to mimic the depth effect of the original painting.

Step 4: Step 4: Finishing the Reproduction With Black and White

After applying the corresponding colors, there will still be some parts not colored in; we suggest using the basic colors to complete the picture: white for the body and face, black for hair and clothes. Now your reproduction of the classic painting is almost done.

Step 5: Step 5: Flip It Over and Place It Into a Frame.

After you have completed the coloring of the picture,it is time for the most exciting part, flip your reproduction and check the result. Remove your 3D-Pen art from the drawing pad, stick your work on a piece of paper with some tape, put it into a frame, and marvel at your very own 3D-Pen version of the《Mona Lisa》.

Step 6: Create Your Own Gallery of Classical Reproductions

The technique of a 3D-Pen classic reproduction is inspired by pancake art, which uses pancake batter as a medium, which is ‘drawn’ with a squeeze bottle. Using this method, you can create your very own gallery of classical reproductions.