Category: 3D Project

3D Zentangle Boxes

3D Zentangle Boxes


  • Printouts of zentangle animal (zoomed in)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Small boxes (jewelry boxes work well)
  • Small cut out of zentangle animal


  • First, printout zoomed in image of zentangles previously created on white paper.  Make sure to capture all different parts of the zentangle.
  • Begin wrapping box with zentangle paper, similarly to how you would wrap a present with wrapping paper.  Depending on the type and size of box, make cuts in the paper to properly accommodate the edges and curves of the box you are wrapping.  In the classroom, provide students with necessary boxes or have them bring them from home.  As as added step, students can color in their custom wrapping paper with markers or crayons.

  • You have successfully created your own zentangle skin/wrapping paper!
    • My thoughts behind this were to explore the carefully created zentangles of the 2D project.  The 2D project looked unified as a whole elephant, but there is so much detail in the actual doodles that were used to create the elephant.  I wanted to zoom those in and focus on those images for the 3D aspect of this project.


  • You can further enhance your 3D project by adding another element of your zentangle inside the box.  Cut out a tiny image of your zentangle to put inside one of your already wrapped boxes.  Use tape and paper to create a stand to allow the small image to stand up on its own.

  • For my own project, I cut out 2 more small images of my original zentangle to put on the outside of my box.  When the box is closed it looks like a complete elephant face.  When the box is opened, the face separates and you begin to see the elephant image on the inside.



  • Overall, I am happy with my final project.  I think the final step in putting the elephant in the inside of the box and on the outside of the box completed the project and took it that extra step.  I rarely work with 3D materials and so this project was a great way for me to explore creating in different mediums.

3D Tin Foil Angel Project

This is a 3D version of my 2D Angel Drawing Called…

“When I Think Of You In Depth”

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Wood Board or a Canvas
  • Hot Glue and Gun
  • Tin Foil (Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty 16.66 yds x 18 in.)
  • 3D Sculpture of Face
  • 2D Drawing Used as Inspiration
  • Rust-Oleum Spray Paint Matte Clear
  • Antique Gold Spray Paint
  • X-acto Knife
  • Scissors
  1. Manipulate the tinfoil onto your hard head sculpture

  • I tried to manipulate the tinfoil by hand and failed miserably.
    I strongly suggest using a sculpture to mold your foil onto.
    You can use what ever you want, I happened to create
    a bust our of terracotta clay recently and immediately
    thought it would be a perfect resource to create the effect I wanted.
  • This still took time, I think I went through at least 8 pieces
    of foil until I finally realized I need to start at on one side and
    work my way down when pressing with my finger tips
    in a rubbing motion either from left to right or up and down.
  • Be sure to cut your nails since they will puncture the foil
    and do not press hard, soft even strokes worked best.
  • As you can see I felt less was more by the third photo.
    I decided to not create the hair like my original 2D
    drawing since this project was only going to have part of
    the wings and just the head as focal point.
  • I cut away at the foil with a x-acto knife and scissors,
    this allowed me to have more control of the foil.

2. Draw Your Wings- 

  • Once I mastered the foil hollowed out face 3/4 profile I wanted,
    I placed it on the wood board to find the location of where
    I wanted my wings to lay out.

3. Hot Glue The Contour Lines Of Your Wings- 

  • When gluing the contour wings with hot glue make sure you have a large
    supply of glue
  • Make sure to apply the glue with a consistent steady motion and thickness
  • If you see an area that leaves a point take it off and start again since this
    will puncture the foil in your next step

4. Emboss The Wings With Tinfoil On Top Of The Hot Glue

  • Make sure to start from one side and work your way down or across
    to eliminate bubbles and tearing

5. Apply The Spray Paint-

BEFORE: Tinfoil not touched in the raw…

AFTER: Tinfoil sprayed with clear matte and gold spray paint

  • The top image is the plane tinfoil not touched an in the raw.
    It was nice close up but I felt the face was loosing the depth
    because it was too shiny and picked up lighting and colors
    from it’s surroundings.
  • I decided to use a can of matte clear spray paint I just
    happened to have in the house.
  • I really like the effect it gave I did not loose the silver it just
    made the features of the face stand out clearer.
  • I felt the wings were getting loss as well so I used
    gold spray paint again just laying around my house
    to just accent the wings not fill them in.
  • This created the perfect balance of contrast I was
    looking for.
  • Tip: make sure to spray the face at least a foot
    away and in even strokes and not near the wings.
  • Do the same for the wings.

I am very happy with the results from my first tinfoil sculpture.
I love working with household products, and items I use in my
daily life to create something new. This 3D Angel “When I
Think Of You In Depth” project is definitely something I
would do again. If you are like myself and want to break
your habit of having to be in control with everything you
create this is a great project for you. Very little control over
foil and hard to undo what you initially have done.
Working with tin foil gives meaning to mistakes are not
mistakes they are the process of creating a masterpiece. Enjoy!!!

David Shear- Puppet-making

This is a puppet I made to look like my grandma! Here’s how i did it!

Materials Used:

  • Fabric Store Foam sheet with fusible web on both sides (about a centimeter thick)
  • Scissors
  • Rubber Cement
  • Acrylic paint (skin tone color)
  • Cardboard
  • Craft store colored foam sheets (red, black and pink)
  • Extra large black pom poms
  • Hot glue gun
  • Needle and thread
  • Funky patterned socks
  • 1 chopstick
  • Ink brushpen
  • White-out
  • Blue pen

Step by step 

I used this tutorial to help me through making most of the puppet. It’s pretty useful.


1. Print out the pieces

The Tutorial provides a link to the pieces for people to print out. Unfortunately, when I created them at the original size, the head I made was much too small for my hand to fit inside. So I ended up making the pieces 125% larger in photoshop to fit my hand.

Click on both of these and right click so you can save them to your computer and print them out.

If you have big hands, I recommend doing what I did.

2. Cut out the pieces from the thick foam and start assembling the puppet.

First, using the two head pieces you cut out from the template, and apply rubber cement to the areas shown in the tutorial video and wait for the rubber cement to dry. Once dry, the areas with rubber cement will stick to each other and create a seal. Press together to make sure the seal stays. When you’re done you should have this:

Next, fuse the two bottom pieces together into a jaw for your puppet’s head.

3. Follow the video tutorial: add the nose and ears.

4. Paint the outside of the Puppet.

I used Acrylic paint which worked with the fusible web to make the puppet the right skin tone.

I put it on a bottle of honey to dry.

5. (Optional and possibly out of order) Make glasses

In order to make the glasses, I measured the head and estimated roughly how big I wanted the glasses to be on the face and I drew the shape onto hard cardstock paper and drew glasses on it with a sharpie. This took a lot of trial and error, but eventually i got glasses on it! I recommend using hot glue on the brim of the nose to make the glasses stay. (An alternative to this is to follow the video’s advice about making eyeballs or even to just draw eyes onto the puppet with a sharpie).

6. Make the Mouth

Follow the video tutorial around 5:53

and use cardboard and craft foam to create the mouth. I added the tongue in addition to the palate as an optional extra.

You should end up with something like this

7. Make the body

The tutorial originally said use socks, so i found some funky socks that kind of looked like a grandma sweater and i cut them off at the ankles so they were open at the bottom. I then cut them each down the side and connected them to each other by sewing them together so I had an extra large opening for my hand to get through.

I left a large hole on each side of the puppet towards the head while sewing for the arms to come through. To make the arms, I rolled the foot parts of the sock up and sewed them together rolled to create the tube-like arm shape.


If you cut the socks anywhere, be sure to glue the edge that you cut so that the sock doesn’t come apart at the seams. this will happen eventually, so depending on how long you plan to keep your puppet, you may want to do this.

After all the sewing was done i ended up with this:









I kept the arms inside by gluing them to the inside of the holes.

8. Attach the head to the sweater and add hair

For both the hair and attaching the head to the sweater, I used a hot glue gun. The hair is made up of several extra large pom-poms and some smaller pom-poms put in for variety and to fill in some gaps.


9. Add the stick and iPhone

The final thing I did to my puppet was give her a way to move her arm by attaching a stick to it, kind of like what they did in the muppets. So i took the end of the arm and attached a wooden chopstick and a piece of cardboard that i cut and painted to look like an iPhone.


And now I have a puppet!

There are a lot of artists who use their homemade puppets effectively.

For example: Glove and Boots

Glove and Boots use Youtube as a platform for publishing their videos with their homemade puppets they also sell merchandise on their website in order to make a living off of not only their youtube ad revenue but they sell shirts and iphone cases, and the occassional puppet they’re never going to use again.

Mario and Fafa


3D Project How-To

Step 1: Brainstorming. The big question is… How do I translate my 2D project into a 3D project?

  • A lot of brainstorming is involved with this one. If you could envision your 2D project in 3D form what would it look like? Is it doable? Can you continue to expand on your original idea? What do you consider 3D? Can you continue to work outside of your comfort zone?
  • As I looked at my 2D project (above), I wanted to create a giant food sculpture, but then a few thoughts came to mind. Thoughts such as, this may be very expensive, it’s a waste of food, it will rot, how will I create this food sculpture and what will it represent for me?
  • I began looking at food sculpture anyway, like that guy who made Nike sneakers out of sushi, carved food, food glued together into faces. I took the night to sleep on it.
  • I did more research the next day, and then it came to me. A 3D book, like a 3D food journal, but still playing off of my original thoughts and images. But how would I do it? Here is some inspiration I found:
  • Pinterest is the best. Not just for what it offers but the unlimited amount of creative posts on there to inspire new ideas. I’ve taken Book Arts in the past as part of my BFA in printmaking program, but I had never accomplished a 3D book. I’ve done accordion style books, homemade bound books, illustrated books, but never had I attempted a 3D book.

Step 2: Begin your 3D process.

  • Where do you begin? What materials do you need? How will you physically create this?
  • I walked into Michael’s and found myself looking at a ton of different sketchbooks and journals. Ultimately I chose one with blank pages but with heavy cork covers to hold itself open. I opened the book to what felt like the middle and glued all the pages together on both sides.
  • I found two main images to work with, a brain and a mouth. I printed and cut them out around their contour. I traced them on the right top page and the left top page. Using an xacto knife I carved the tracings into the book until I reached the cover on each side.

  • I then colored both sides in with black sharpie to create some depth. Also, if any of the backgrounds were showing, it would be black instead of white.

  • I cut the mouth into separate depths of field. I glued the the dark back of the throat down to the cover.
  • Using a cardboard box or any deliver box, I cut tiny squares to hold up different parts of the mouth. The higher I wanted it, the more squares I added. So the tongue had two squares holding it up, the teeth three and the lips had four. The same went with the food falling into the dark abyss of the mouth.

  • Next was the brain. Using the same previous steps to add black, and cut the brain into different depths of field. This time, I incorporated the rusted gears which required me to cut more of the brain out to show them.
  • I worked back and forth between the two sides of the paper, treating them as two separate projects.
  • I also used real fruit as I originally wanted to, covering the with a thick gloss before gluing them together.
  • When I thought of my last project and using food to paint, I used blackberries this time, with some blueberries to paint with a better stain.
  • Because of the weight I felt on the right side with the mouth and fruit, I kept the left side of the brain more open by just gluing some gears around the image.

The fruit did eventually rot and the book has a lot of mold on it, so it is a temporary piece. However, I am much more satisfied with this outcome than the original 2D project. It was a push out of my comfort zone and a constant lesson learning process.


For this 3-D project, I followed the same concept of not knowing what my end result will be. I went through this entire project not knowing what I was going to come up with so I decided to just continue the trend. I started off by looking at my first 2-D project trying to figure out what I was going to do.


After a couple of minutes, I decided to just print out images of my project and work from there. I started to cut and glue different pieces from my project on to a base image. That is when I started to come up with some ideas. I decided that I was going to create just a 3-D based abstract version of my original painting. Cutting and pasting multiple aspects of my painting that I loved the most. I continued until we had to present our project. I did not have an end in mind and still to this day I could just continue to add to this project.

Bringing this into the classroom would be beneficial in many ways. How I would present this would be the same as the 2-D project. This would be an abstract 3-D project with no references, no end result, and no desired outcome. There are no rules with this lesson plan. I believe that this is a good way for students who are shy or not confident in working 3-D to practice and become aware of the endless possibilities.

3D Self Portrait

Create a 3D Self Portrait 

Supplies Needed:

  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencil
  • Compass
  • Card Stock
  • Computer with Photoshop and Printer
  • Air Dry Clay
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Adhesive (TBD)

Step 1: Cut Hole in Card Stock and Construct Convoluted Set Up for Photo Taking Process

Once I decided I wanted my 3D portrait to look as if I were coming out of a hole in a chair, I felt that having the image at the angle I wanted to portray would make the 3D aspect more believable.  In order to create a “hole”, I used card stock and, ideally, would have used a compass to make a perfect circle.  Realizing I did not have a compass, I attempted to create my own (Image 1) which failed miserably and so instead I free drew a circle as best as I could (Image 2) (This circle can always be adjusted in Photoshop anyway).  Once I set up my “hole”, I put a timer on my phone and slid into place.  Be sure to make the strangest face possible, wait for flash, check to see if photo is acceptable, and repeat as needed.

Step 2: Adjust Opacity in Photoshop to about 30%, then Print Photo

It’s helpful if you remember to take photos of each step, however, I did not.  Therefore, you can’t see my initial light print out, but you can see that after I printed the light print out, I then colored over it with colored pencil.  This is a great way to get comfortable with drawing realistic portraits, and by using your own original photo and editing it in Photoshop yourself, it feels less like “cheating”.

Step 3: Pick a Place to Animate, cut hole, and film animation GIF


For my eye, I used the GIPHY CAM app on my phone.  When it came time to display my final project, I placed my phone under the hole and had it loop indefinitely.

Step 4: Add Depth with Clay and Paint

I had the idea that sculpting parts of the hand out out clay then painting them to blend into the photo would be a great way to add to the “coming out” effect of my portrait.  What I did not take into consideration was 1: the clay takes 3 days to dry. 2: painting wet clay makes it a gross grey color, not the color of the paint, and 3: the clay will not stick to the paper.  I, of course, discovered all this the hard way, so learn from my mistakes and allow yourself sufficient time for clay to dry, be painted, and of course, experiment with adhesives in order to attach “hands” to paper (hint: hot glue will not work).


3D Project

For my 3d project I took Ziggy’s old cage and suspended feathers from it, and put two iPads at the bottom; one showing a video of coy fish swimming, and the other the same but with a negative filter effect over it. The screens bring the viewer to the inside of the cage expecting to see a bird, but instead see fish swimming.  The feathers add a sense of mystery, and sway in the air. Please see the two videos I uploaded.

3D/Newhive Project: Wood face by Yunsang Cho

For my 3D project, I’ve combined natural objects with art. Because my 2D project had a face and flowers collaged, I thought why not create 3D art using real nature things.

First of all, I knew I wanted to have a face painted on to something so I went out to see if I can grab any natural materials I can utilize for this specific project.

It wasn’t easy at first but then I saw pebbles and large wood sticks which I’ve used to create art when I was young.

For my pebble face I put gesso on before putting any colored paints so I can have a paint-friendly surface to work on. Once face was done, I cut a part out of a large piece of wood stick and placed pebble face with wood glue. For my base I had to put my main part on top of wooden base using nails. The whole process was a bit hard but satisfying after all.


When I had to come up with something for my newhive page, I immediately thought of my 3D project and add some type of moving or video effect on top of the image.

Like I mentioned few times earlier, a simplest mechanic can become tricky when it comes to myself who has to use the program.

However, I tried my best to create a veil-effect on my 3D project image. The reason behind of creating veil-effect was simple. My 3D art was actually facing upward so when it stands it looks as if a person is looking up. So I thought what if I create an effect where it looks like stars are falling down on the face?

The final image came out as I wished and I think it does look like stars are falling but I can always upgrade the image by adding more effect which I have to learn in near future.

Working with Newhive was such a challenging process for me but I’m glad that I finished the project on my own and I think I’m at least once step better than myself before.