Tech of the Week: iPhone Art Edition
If you’re like us, you use your iPhone for just about everything. For getting in touch with friends and family, organizing every aspect of your social life, planning out work to-dos and meetings, and for capturing photos of the places you go, people you see, and delicious meals you eat. Aside from all of these practical uses, one thing we really adore about how mobile devices have evolved is that they actually allow you to be more creative, even when you’re on the go.
2. Pxl ($0.99): Less of the fine art type and more into graphic design, then you’ll love Pxl. This app has 9 uniquely pixelated styles for doctoring up any photo on your camera roll. You can export your compositions in freely scalable vector format so you can turn them into large scale posters or small scale icons.
3. SnapDot ($0.99): Fancy moonlighting as a pointillist? Then this app is for you. SnapDot lets you turn any photograph on your camera roll into a stipple drawing just like George Seurat. Ok, maybe not just like Seurat, but pretty darn close. It’s fun to use and simple to customize.
4. Wurm ($1.99): Remember when iTunes first came out and had all sorts of crazy visualizations? Think of Wurm as something similar to that, but you get to create the patterns and they are way more beautiful. Simply use your finger to manipulate shapes, colors, and more, and the app will help turn your movements into wallpaper-worthy art.
5. ArtRage ($1.99): Similar to Brushes, ArtRage is an app that turns your phone into a digital canvas. Choose from brushes, pens, pencils and markers, a whole color wheel of hues, and change the opacity on layers to achieve the look of a watercolor, oil painting, or drawing.
6. Jackson Pollock App ($0.99): If you miss the days of scribbling around in MS Paint, this app is probably your jam. It’s definitely a specific aesthetic and is a lot of fun to play with.
7. Sketchbook Mobile ($1.99): Like Brushes and ArtRage, this is all about the blank canvas. But, you can add text, share in every way you can imagine and easily save works in progress. And if you need to make something symmetrical, there’s a tool for that too.
8. Auryn Ink ($3.99): Watercolor lovers rejoice! This one is all about airy textures and transparent hues. You can choose a dry canvas or a wet one and control brush pressure with the speed of your gesture. You can dilute, blend, and even “air dry.”
9. Inspire – Paint, Draw, & Sketch (Free): If you’re looking to experiment with the idea of “painting” on your iPhone and aren’t quite ready to drop the dollar bills, give Inspire a try.
10. Tracing Paper ($4.99): Love the idea of creating drawings on your phone but need somewhere photographic to start? Tracing Paper does just that… like actual tracing paper!
11. WordFoto ($1.99): Love the look of typography combined with imagery? WordFoto can turn any of your photos into word art, with words you select. There are a bunch of preset styles, you can crop, create word sets, and export images at full resolution.
12. Paint Mee (Free): Looking for the Brushes look but don’t quite have the steady hand? Use one of your photos and turn it into a gorgeous work of art. Choose from realism, impressionism, expressionism, and more! The free version has ads which make you feel a little less like an artist, but they’re to ignore. ;)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)