My First Auryn Ink Painting


After messing around for a while I decided it was time to get more serious and see how far the blending of color could go in Auryn Ink. I loved the beautiful effects of the colors blending but I didn’t feel I had the same control that I had in traditional painting. Although there was only one undo, I soon realized that I had 2 safety nets – an eraser and a fixed layer.  Continue reading

Put Your Heart in Your Art


These 3 paintings show how something started in Auryn Ink evolved into my favorite iPad painting. The Auryn App helped me achieve effects & areas I loved but there was no personal connection in the painting. I had nothing to risk by seeing what would happen if I changed the color & saturation.  Continue reading

Sometimes a Picture Paints Itself



Sometimes a picture paints itself. Last weekend we were in the CA central coast,  celebrating a friends 50th Wedding Anniversary. It was at Avila Beach which is such a beautiful area near the Central Coast Wineries. We visited the Kelsey Canyon Winery because I wanted to see the peacocks, which are so beautiful. At the winery there is a small vineyard with beautiful grapes where you can get up close and really enjoy how beautiful they are. I wanted to see how Auryn Ink could help me capture the beauty of the grapes.


Sketchbook Express Tool Bar cont.

IMG_3560Now that you understand the brush choices you can click the next icon and choose curved line, straight line, rectangles or circles. Play with the lines and shapes. Then choose different brushes and experiment. Just PLAY, PLAY, PLAY and you will LEARN, LEARN, LEARN. It’s that easy.

Now for my best trick ever – Go to the toolbar

The icon next to the curvy line creates a mirror image from the center of the page. As you draw on one side of the vase the app takes care of the other side.


Doesn’t matter if I do anything wrong because that arrow in the toolbar pointing left is the big UNDO .  And if that isn’t enough or you want to start all over click on  the  +  a box will come up with “don’t save” or “save.” Choose either & you will get a clear screen. Remember to choose save if you want to keep something you drew. It will be kept in the gallery.

Get Started with Sketchbook Express


Open up your Sketchbook Express and you will see a tool bar on the top of the screen. Next tap the brush icon. Its the one that looks like a paint brush. This is where all your supplies are kept. You have airbrush, pens, pencils, brushes and erasers and every color imaginable in one place. How easy is that? This is why I have a happy face today.

IMG_3558Now it’s time to explore all the brushes and see what they do. Don’t worry about a drawing we’ll get to that tomorrow. If you want to clear your page go to the toolbar and the second icon from the right is a + sign. Just click + and click “don’t save” (unless you like it) and your new page is there. To select a color just click in the big circle for the hue and click in the diamond for the value. There are 2 sliders above your brushes. The top one is for size of brushes and the second one is for opacity. So lucky there is a box that shows exactly what you have chosen.