Sunday, January 13, 2013

Playing with "Paper"

I recently purchased the "Paper"app by 53 for the ipad. It is a sketching application that has limited options, which, paradoxically, makes it so easy to use that your creativity is allowed to flow. Since you cannot spend a lot of time making complex choices, you simply choose a drawing tool and color and begin. If you don't like a drawing, you simply put it in the trashcan. The basic app comes with one virtual drawing tool (a fountain pen), an eraser and seven colors.  I took my ipad with me to the hair salon today, and I used the basic set up to make the Gaudi-inspired heart above and this face:
It's kindof inexact and sketchy, but i like it.  I made both of these drawings using my finger, but I just ordered two styluses today (a drawing stylus and a brush stylus), which should give me more flexibility and control.  I am also going to purchase the paper creative bundle which will give me four more virtual sketching tools (a pencil, a bold marker, an ink pen and a brush), plus the ability to blend the colors to create a custom color palette.
I'm not that much of a digital artist, but I'm excited by the possibilities of "paper." It's a quick way to sketch when all I have is my ipad. 
I was inspired by Journal Girl who is doing 365 days of digital journaling, but there are lots of other videos (this is a good one) and blogs out there about "paper"  (for example, check out these 53 outstanding works of art made with  paper). Have any of you given it a try? What do you think?

20 comments:

helena said...

I so agree about the creative freedom created by limitations on tools.

I love the heart - seemingly simple but my eyes keep being drawn back to it

Sian said...

I can tell how excited you are by the possibilities!

Alison said...

Sounds like the perfect App for you Rinda...hope you are all well
Hugs
Alison xx

scrappyjacky said...

Sounds like you'll get a lot of creative use from them....and I love the Gaudi heart.

Elizabeth said...

I really like your drawings--especially the second one.

humel said...

That sounds fun - we got a new tablet just after Christmas (not an iPad) and I hadn't even thought of using it for craft purposes (other than watching YouTube videos on it, that is!!)

Irene said...

I love the freedom in your drawings, the face in particular is wonderful. I am going to look up this app. Sounds really interesting. I have some Christmas vouchers I can put to good use!

Anne said...

Wow, what you did is so pretty, I think I might by the app too. Thank you for mentioning it ! x

laurie said...

i feel so far behind, technology-wise! it sounds so interesting and i'm looking forward to seeing what you create.

Denise said...

I'd never thought of this sort of thing for an ipad - I can tell you are loving it.love the second one lots x

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

That looks neat. I don't think the kindle has any apps like that!

Abi said...

these are very cool Rinda. I especially love the second one. I have been catching up on your posts and am excited to see your blog plans for this year! xxx

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

I'm always amazed at what can be produced digitally. The drawings look great and I look forward to seeing what you can achieve with a bit more experimentation.

Nellie Mae said...

I have recently fallen in love with this app too! Great for jotting down visual ideas w/out lugging around art supplies.

Beverly said...

I love the 2nd sketch and am impressed you did it with your finger! I don't have an iPad but love the possibilities this brings for you :)

Miriam said...

We had lots of fun over Christmas with this app. I love your heart!

Fiona said...

Just got this app, great fun. How did you get the pages onto your blog?

Melissa said...

What a great idea for something you can carry with you to the hair stylist or a waiting room - without all the mess. You can still be creative & try new things. I really like the heart.

Jennifer Grace said...

These look great! I don't think I'll delve into digital sketching right now, but Abi is making me want to try digital project life! x

Gail said...

It sounds perfect for you. I'll have to check it out.