Today we are reviewing Kseniia’s blog about 3D pens and printers. The website is aptly named Pen and Plastic, a fitting reference since the site focuses on 3D pens and printers and the plastic 3D designs they can help you create. But in truth, the site goes beyond discussing 3D printing; it wants to help its users turn into creators of inspired 3D art.

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Suitable for Pros, Novices, and Kids

Luckily, no assumptions are made about the reader’s prior knowledge of 3D pens or printing technology.

Therefore, Pen and Plastic start with some basic information on what 3D pens, printers, and printing is all about. Fortunately, since the ultimate goal is to help you come up with great 3D art, the blog creator goes over and beyond to even recommend the best 3D pens for you.

As a result, you can be assured of amazing results whenever you start working on a 3D design. The pens are even reviewed based on the value they will offer you for money, the quality of designs they can create, extra features they can offer, and so forth.

This site is set up to be the only resource you need to know about 3D designs and how to create the best of them. Consequently, whether you are looking to create 3D designs as a hobby, or to do so as a pro, has plenty to offer you.

In fact, the site even has some tips on how kids can use 3D pens, and even recommends the best pens for them, as not all products in this category are kid-friendly. You will also learn plenty about 3D printers, the models in the market at the moment, and a guide on how to use them to make the designs you want.

The blog also takes a look at some of the options you have when it comes to the plastic you can use to create your 3D designs. You see, each plastic has its pros and cons, and these are laid bare so that you can make the most suitable choice as you go about creating your designs. For instance, some plastic materials are harder to work with, and others offer more lasting results.

As it turns out, there are even plastic printing mediums that are infused with wood. So, the site goes all the way in ensuring that you have all the information you need to make amazing 3D print designs, whether for fun or as professionally. You will even have a chance to buy some of these products on the site itself, which is pretty good.

Relevant 3D Printing Information

Otherwise, the blog is not all about promoting the art technique that is 3D printing. There are also posts covering other issues related to this new-age technology. In fact, she is not shy to discuss some issues of concern about the use of 3D printers, such as whether these printing devices are safe for kids.

You can also learn about the history of 3D printing on this site, as well as the different kinds of 3D printing in existence at the moment, and even how to print your figurines. Therefore, the site is quite exhaustive in its coverage of issues related to 3D printing. Kseniia even has a YouTube channel with videos on how to use a 3D pen and paint a butterfly to name a few.

Actual Evidence of Her 3D Designs Available 

And it is not all talk for the creator of this blog; she showcases some of her 3D printing work. The creations, which she mostly creates with the use of 3D pens, are quite incredible.   For instance, she has created a handbag and a butterfly using a 3D pen, which she admits is her go-to medium when it comes to creating 3D print designs. She has created other amazing pieces of work as well, and you can explore them as you go through her great portfolio on her site.

The artistic pieces are pretty good, and they should inspire anyone interested in 3D printing to give this craft a try. They are quite functional too, and this should open your mind to the possibilities that await you once you get started on your 3D printing journey and hone your craft over time.

Pen and Plastic teaches you how to make some pretty cool stuff

In Conclusion

Thoughts Kseniia’s 3D art pieces are not the work of an amateur, which is to be expected since she has a masters degree in traditional art. This should be reassuring because the 3D printing tips she gives are based on personal experience. In fact, she is involved in fashion design and has been featured as a top designer on by 3Doodler.

In other words, she knows her stuff, and if you want to learn everything about 3D printing, you should follow her lead and explore the incredibly detailed resources on her blog. Quite literally, site is a must-have resource for anyone interested in mastering the art of 3D design either with the use of 3D pens or 3D printers.

There are millions of blogs out there now that everyone has a voice. This is great overall and really leads to the democratization of content and people with very niche interests being served.

Fashion – particularly men’s fashion – is not a niche topic by any means. And there are many, many people covering the beat. But Sal from brings such a unique, funny take to the world that his blog is well worth the read.

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Sal’s blog has a great sense of humor and a “hey dude” type of flair

The Design

I always start out by reviewing the design of a particular blog, but this is definitely not the strong suit of the Guy’s Grooming Guide. It’s a functional design, pretty easy to parse and use, but definitely is not pretty.

The pictures and graphics are a bit amateurish (to put it kindly) but they’re certainly eye-catching and grab attention when shared on social media. In his various product review pages (example) it’s fairly easy to tell which product he likes the best and to find the information that you need.

The Content

The content, on the other hand, is top notch. Sal has such a down-to-earth sense of humor and “tells it like it is” from his experiences in the trenches as a barber. Reading his articles are like having your best guy friend tell you about what’s the truth in the men’s fashion world and what’s a load of B.S.

The writing is vivid, uses lots of sense imagery (great descriptions of color, texture, and smell), and draws you in. The information Sal provides about each product and each technique is very practical and very actionable for putting to use in your day-to-day life.

The Author

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Hairstyling advice from a bald guy!

As he describes on his about page, Sal is a career barber. This is such a huge benefit for the blog because the advice you’re able to get from someone working daily in the trenches of the beauty and fashion industry is so much more valuable. The topics on the site seem to come directly out of his shop and address common questions and concerns among guys the world over. As a professional he also reviews some of the high end equipment that he uses for that purpose.

Sal answers all these questions in a cheeky, confident manner that builds a deep relationship and trust with the reader. He seems very approachable — and like someone you would trust with your whole head of hair in his hands!

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Blogging was once something that no one had heard of. Let alone thought might be something they could do or that would even want to do. But with social media becoming what it has and blogging turning into more than just a hobby for many people. That has all changed. Chances are, you probably know someone who writes a blog. Or you yourself at least read a blog post (or three,) sometime throughout your day. Today I would like to talk about one of my all time favorite blogs: The Anna Edit. I’ve been reading this blog for years and very often go back to reread a few of my favorite posts.

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The Anna Edit is a well-designed, thoughtful looking blog

The Design

A year or so ago the author of this blog did a complete revamp on her website and it looks great! The layout itself is simple and bright. You never have to scroll through ads and pop ups. Each of her posts has beautiful photography and a tag so you can easily tell what category the posts will fall under. The categories are easily accessible on a banner that stays there even as you scroll.
Another great feature located at the bottom of the screen is the banner of links to her most recent YouTube videos. These videos are informative and beautifully created as well and just add something extra to the content she writes about.

The Content

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Fashion and style tips abound…

You can tell from the moment you open the page that the content in intended for women. She talks about beauty and style and staying healthy, all things other women her age are always talking about. She has a very down to earth vibe that you can see in her content. Whether it’s a very simple everyday makeup look or quick healthy lunch she’s been enjoying. You can always tell she is talking about what she loves and sharing it because you might love it too.
While you are drawn in by the beautiful web design, the content is absolutely what keeps you. There is always some useful piece of content coming out of the blog and keeps you coming back for more. One day she may be talking about traveling tips and the next how to meal plan. It is always useful, entertaining and a lot of the time funny.

The author

Anna started her blog when she was in college, back then the blog was known as Vivianna Does Makeup. As you can tell from the name it was mostly about makeup. But as she grew up a little she broadened her prospective a little and I think the change felt very natural. Now she shares a variety of content. Along with her blog she also keeps up with her Instagram page, Youtube channel and new podcast.
This blog might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but one thing is for sure, her followers love her. I think you can tell from her instagram page that she loves them too. She is always engaging with her audience on a one to one basis (as much as one with that many followers.) And you can tell her content is always directed towards her followers.

If you want to be a successful blogger it takes years of consistent hard work and even then some blog don’t work out. But Anna has found a way to make her corner of the internet work for her. She gets to talk about the things she loves and share them with other like minded women who love the same thing. There is something about the way she is always trying to do something new or make herself better that makes us all want to do the same thing. I hope there is never a time when there isn’t content coming from The Anna Edit.