Texture and Color are Important Elements of Design

Changing Texture and color can change the feeling of a painting or drawing. This drawing is done in a free app called sketchbook express which allows you to create mirror images and allows you to use a paint bucket to fill in shapes. The textures are added in a photo editing app called Snappseed. The easiest way to learn what an app can do is to play with it and experiment to see what happens. Saving your images to your photos allows you to import them between apps.

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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.