Must have Art apps for iPhone (and iPad)

I’ve been so busy in craftland and Puppet World that I’ve been neglecting the digital art portion of this blog. My apologies!

The thought occurred to me the other day to write a quick post about what apps I use when I created my digital art.

This is a screenshot from my iPhone 4 that lists my Must Have Apps: ArtRage, TypeDrawing, Qvik Sketch, Sketchbook MobileX, Zen Brush and Drawing Carl.

ArtRage: This is my #1, never-leave-home without app.  Art Rage is FANTASTIC (and currently on sale in the App store!) at mimicing actual media- oil paints, chalk, watercolor, etc.  You have many options for exporting the images, can change the file size up to 2048X2048 (on iPad 2), and there is also a mobile version for iPhone.  I have used this app to paint scenes that have been used by my local theatre as visually projected backdrops. (Talk about amazing! Imagine seeing your art projected 7′ high by 14′ long!)

TypeDrawing: I love this app.  I really began studying how it works after reading about the works created by Julia Kay.  Typography is so en vogue right now.  It’s fun to play around with it using this app. You have many font options, color options, opacity of text, as well as being able to draw on white paper, black paper, or a photo.

Qvik Sketch: This app is great for sketching, as it implies.  It has some fun and quirky brushes built into the app.  I especially like playing around with the one called “Chrome.”

Sketchbook Mobile X: The very first app I bought for my original iPad has found its way onto my iPad 2 and my iPhone.  This app has a mirroring function which can come in very handy!

Zen Brush: Calming and soothing, just like drawing with water on slate.  I love this app’s ability to mimic bleeding ink.

Drawing with Carl: A friend introduced me to Carl, and I have to admit, I giggle like crazy around him!  Drawing Carl is a great fun app, especially for kids, or for adults who act like kids, as I do. 🙂 There’s some fun features and stamps included with Carl.  For mindless doodling, you can’t go wrong with him.


Which app is the “best” app? I can’t answer that.  I use them all in different instances and in different ways.  I like having a variety of tools at my disposal.  Some of them are free, but for those that are not, I am pleased with their performance so much that I would purchase them again in a heartbeat.

So what are you waiting for? Go download and start doodling today! Enjoy!


Another quick update

It would appear that my supplies for the puppet I’m building (you’ve been following along the From Pattern to Puppet series, correct? of course you have!) are on nearly permanent back-order.  😦  So sad!  So, I shall continue the project making the puppet features as I normally do instead of trying out some new spiffy items.  Stay tuned for updates this week!

In other news, I’ve returned from a fabulous mini-vacation, received a ton of inspiring ideas from all around (more ideas for Plarn and also book-spine poetry), and am preparing for finals week of graduate school.  All in all, a busy time for me!

Thanks for following, and have a great day!

When is a chair not a chair?

Answer: when it is my crafting throne!

It has been pointed out to me that I should write a blog entry on the center of my crafting universe, the point inside my studio that, if it were plotted in a graph, would be (0,0,0,0): my chair.


This chair has more sentimental value than anything. It was a gift from my dear friend L, who took me under her wing when I had moved across the state and was basically friendless and furnitureless. She said, “It’s a great chair. Lots of potential and lots of character, just perfect for you! It needs some love but I think you’ll really like it.” To this day I marvel at her generosity. I also wonder if she didn’t take pity on me for having to watch TV while laying on the floor because I had no other furniture. 🙂

All it took was a bit of strategic recovering with colorful upholstery fabric and some artistically placed fabric paint doodles and voila! My craft throne had appeared.

There are so many reasons why I love this chair. It just FITS me. (Few are lucky enough to know the bond between body and chair. This one is exquisite!: it’s wide enough that I can sit cross-legged on it (key feature), the arms function as handy pin cushions during sewing projects, and the top also serves as a handy “shelf” for my cats, should they choose to bless me with their presence. 😉

(This masked marauder is Finnigan.)

A final bonus of my craft throne is its ability to serve as a backdrop for many projects when I photograph them for the blog. And who doesn’t love a chair that offers them a hug? 🙂 (although I guess it does look like I’ve dismembered a beloved Dr. Seuss character…


That’s all for now. I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into my studio!