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The Spiral Draw Book (Klutz) Spiral-bound – January 1, 1948
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UPDATED REVIEW- I am changing my rating on this product. After my 8 year old grandson and I played with jt for a few minutes he loved it and can do it on his own. He got in to it so much that he wanted to go buy more pens at the store and use every page in the book in one sitting. He is coming back over today just to play with the Spiral Draw book. If you work with your child and help hold the frame until they get used to it they can have a blast!
THE FRAME THAT HOLDS THE DRAWING WHEELS CAN BE SNAPPED INTO THE SPIRAL OF BOOK TO STABILIZE IT SO YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HOLD IT WITH YOU HANDS. I don't think this is not mentioned in the instructions.
I gave this to my cousin for Christmas. I felt that she needed a creative outlet, being a child of divorced parents. Her mother would sometimes throw away her drawings, which she worked meticulously on, not knowing that they were more than just doodles on paper, but artwork by a young creative mind. I love this kid, and as an artist myself I wanted her to start drawing again, because she had stopped for awhile. She was always very detailed with her childhood doodles. I hope she never reads this review.
I gave it to her hoping that it was easy to use and that she'd have fun with it. I later found out that she also got the Spirograph set from her mother's friend at the nail shop she works at. So, there was a bit of competition.
She didn't know what to do with it, so I helped her by opening up the box and reading the instructions. I found, that making spirals and shapes with this thing is not only incredibly easy, but it's super fun. Considering the fact that it uses a lot of repetitive motions, and I had drawing repetitive things, makes this a miracle. It's a lot different from Spirograph, and a lot easier, because each of the shapey mechanisms has different shapes that you place in this frame doohickey that makes the shape as you move your pen along the stencil, and the Spirograph requires you to move one of the gear thingamajiggers around this frame thingy but you can slip your hand and make the gear fly out and break your wall clock or something. The frame thingy in this kit holds the doohickey shapey thing in place and makes it basically impossible for you to lose your place unless your hand slips off the frame and move it. This is so much better and if I'm honest, I sort of stole it for a day and used it to make my own drawings, and now I have to find it and give it back to her (which is something I shouldn't have done, and now regret) Anyways, if you are deciding to make something artsy without much effort and impress your friends, definitely buy this thing. I also must say, that when you open up the package, the gears resemble jewels hidden in a troph, while the Spirograph gears are just plain old white-clear plastic, and that it totally lame. The pen is also quite artsy with the little design on it that says "Spiral Draw" and little shape designs to match your kit. I hate those pens that come with multiple colors because they usually look really tacky, but in this case it actually is very useful.
One star off, though, to the fact that it comes in a box with a plastic holder that is hard to put the gears back in quickly. The Spirograph set was in a tin box and that was much easier to store in. However, this set makes it up for the neat little book that you could draw in with fun artwork. It's a great set, and definitely worth the buy. I would buy it for myself, and that's something, I guess.
It took a little practice to get the rhythm of the disc moving through the shell but the cool thing is that even the mistakes look fun. Klutz does a lot in the book to encourage kids to use their imagination to add to their drawings (mistakes and all) to come up with something else. This is a little different than the old spirograph kits because the wheels on those were smaller and moved through the outer wheel in big circles. This moves one gear tooth at a time.
There are tons of pages of ideas to draw in the book and the frame can lock into the spiral binding to hold it tight. Otherwise, you need to hold the frame fairly securely. The book has some pages preprinted with an object (ie a clown) for you to incorporate your spiral art. Other pages are blank but give idea prompts.
The spiral equipment works on other paper as well. It helps to have a softer surface (like a few pages together) or on top of a magazine. It seems that drawing on one sheet on a hard surface allows the pens to jump around a little more.
We have both had fun with this overlapping different styles and laughing at our mistakes.
There are ideas for putting the spiral designs on other things, like envelopes and cards.
A little practice and you'll enjoy this for a long time.
Important: to get it to work, you HAVE to put the frame down correctly (rubber feet on the paper), and the circle correctly in it (the side with a ridge facing upwards, and the side that has "Klutz" engraved has to face towards the paper). All the people that said it does not work must have been putting the circles in wrong. Indeed, it's not easy to see which way is right.
You also have to use it on a stable, flat surface, press the frame down and hold the pen completely vertical.
Lots of different designs! big variety
Works with a regular pen too.
Fun doodling gift for an adult or an older child (10+)
More difficult to operate than the spyrograph from my childhood
Not for young children (my 7 yo is struggling to get it working right, while an 11 yo cousin got it after a few tries).
The included gel pens were dried out and unusable!!! So order some colorful pens as well if you don't have any at home
There is only 1 frame, so all designs will have the same diameter.