MAY 21, 2018 8:05 AM PDT

See: This Chalk Draws Perfect Lines and Shapes

WRITTEN BY: Julia Travers

Nikolas Bentel has reinvented and reinvigorated chalk, a drawing and writing tool that is thousands of years old.

By 3D-printing chalk into these novel shapes, he created chalk drawing tools and toys named "chalk drawers" that can produce geometric marks and drawings, including straight and curved lines and evenly spaced polka dots. Artists and designers of all ages can likely enjoy and benefit from the specially designed dot, line and circle drawers. Because they can draw five lines at once, they are also useful for drawing musical staff lines.

Bentel is a visual and performance artist and designer who is currently a resident at the New Museum design incubator program called NEW INC in New York. See more of his innovative work at
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