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Turn Photos Into Art with the iPad

Photo Brush is a very cool app that’s been available for the iPhone and iPod Touch for a while now. The app allows you to easily apply sharp text and fun, bold brush designs in unique combinations. Once you have done that, you can save your work of art or upload it to your favorite social networking site.

The app has been modified for the iPad, and will be released this weekend with the name of Foto Brush Pro. Using the larger screen of the iPad, you will be able to add even more details to your masterpiece, creating something truly unique. The app can be used to paint blank canvases or photos, add text, and otherwise enhance or create art.

Playing around with photos is something we all tend to do. Who doesn’t enjoy enhancing and changing up their pictures? Create something original and share it with the world, or just play around for fun in your spare time. This app should be released soon. Thanks to TUAW for discovering this app.

How to Create Art on the iPad

I bet you had an Etch-a-Sketch when you were a kid. Those things were epic, weren’t they? I used to sit and draw with mine for hours on end. I’d probably still play with it if I had one now as a grown-up!

This is why I’m very happy to see the Mag Canvas app for the iPad. It’s a very basic app, without much variation on what you can do with it. However, I have a feeling it was designed that way on purpose. This app may be intended to keep kids occupied, but I have a feeling many parents will sneak in some drawing time of their own. This would be a great solution for keeping kids happy during a long car ride, or when you need a few moments of peace and quiet to recharge YOUR batteries.

This app should be available right at iPad launch time. Thanks to TUAW for finding this app for us.

Are You a Hello Kitty Fan?

Cats and kittens are cute, don’t get me wrong. I just don’t “get” the whole Hello Kitty phenomenon, though. Is it because I’m a man? I understand that Hello Kitty is a wildly popular little cartoon creature. I get that little girls everywhere demand merchandise of every shape and size with the cuddly little darling emblazoned across the front. I cannot imagine having something like that in my house, though. No way, no how. It’s just not happening.

This version is something I CAN get behind. To my narrow manly mind, this is a work of art.

How Well Can You Draw?

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Chris is an extremely talented artist. His claim is that he can draw anyone – and he proved it in this video. The way I see it is that if he can draw yours truly this well, he can draw anything.

Are you an artist? Leave a comment here in this post, and show us your work! You never know when something may strike my fancy and end up here in my blog for the world to see.

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Home Decor Ideas

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You already know I’m a gadget freak. You also know I like really cool and unusual things. Probably the most awesome things that I have bought recently all came from Etsy, from a user named ForkedUpArt. I thought the iPhone holder, I picked up some of the other pieces, as well!

The artist has created some really neat artwork using forks and spoons, including phone holders, business card holders, and salt-and-pepper shaker holders. You’ll even find a whimsical fork and spoon “Will You Marry Me?” set. I’m pretty sure I’ll be staying far away from THAT particular set for the next long while. However, if you’re into that sort of thing, they are pretty nifty.

I made a bold proclamation the other day when I bought this ForkedUp art. I was browsing around on Etsy, looking at everything they had for sale. I think that Etsy is going to give stores like Crate N Barrel and Pier 1 a run for their money. Each of these pieces are really unique, and the artists can only make so many of them. This makes them a collectors item… and those are worth more than anything you will normally find in a brick and mortar store.

People will always ask about art objects like these, and they’ll assume you paid a lot of money. You don’t necessarily have to correct them unless you really want to. Whenever someone exclaims over the art in my home, it makes me feel like I’m worth millions of dollars. We don’t need to let them know most of it comes from places such as Etsy. Right?

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Free Photoshop Alternative

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TechOverlord has submitted a screencast to us in order to show off Sumo Paint. This is a free – and excellent – alternative to Photoshop. There are more features and filters than I can begin to describe in this short description. I messed around with Sumo Paint myself, and was pretty impressed with my results. Are you still not convinced? Go browse through some of the user contributions and let yourself be dazzled.

You can run Sumo Paint right in your browser, or download the desktop client. The interface is very user-friendly, and clean. It’s a snap to navigate around the menu without getting lost like you tend to do in Photoshop (before you are an expert, of course). Sumo Paint also has a thriving online art community of over a 6 million unique users and over 130 000 registered members from over 200 countries. The primary purpose of the community is to create, share, remix, explore, comment, rate and fave the artwork of its members.

Sumo Paint works on both OS X and Windows machines. However, you must have the latest version of Flash installed. One of the best features is that once you create a piece of art, YOU own the copyright. It’s your work, after all!

Thanks, TechOverlord for an excellent screencast! Remember, if you have ideas for our channels you can email them to me at any time. We’re always looking for new content from YOUR perspective. We have no idea what you want to see or read if you don’t tell us.

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Free Screensavers

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I’ve been making software and hardware recommendations for over a decade, and this one would definitely make my top ten. It’s a free, cross-platform, and breathtaking screen saver that’s been playing on my 30″ screens for the past few days. I decided to take videos from the cache and compile them into this demonstration. What you’ll see on YOUR computer will likely be even more amazing.

I rarely change screensavers. Every time I do, I get flooded with emails and questions, wondering where I’m getting my screensavers. Therefore, this is going to stay for awhile on my machine. It’s not only cool… it’s also beautiful.

Electric Sheep is a collaborative artwork, which was founded by Scott Draves. It’s run by thousands of people, from all over the World. When their computers “sleep”, the Electric Sheep turns on. The computers then talk to each other over the Internet. They share the work of creating abstract animations that constantly morph and change… known as the “sheep”. The result is an “android dream”, which pays tribute to Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

You can also vote on your favorite, with just the click of a keyboard. The most popular sheep live longer than others, and continues to evolve. You can also design your own sheep and submit it to the gene pool!

You can, of course, save these as a video and use them for whatever you like, just like I did for this video! If you know of other wicked-awesome screensavers (or software!), be sure to let me know. However, please try to only send me things that are cross-platform.


Two people have now written in, claiming that this screensaver is full of malware and spyware. This is something I take very seriously, so I checked into the situation.

Any version of this prior to 2.6.3 carried vulnerabilities that could have been exploited in an attack. However, all versions since that time have had no issues, and carry no malware.

As the current version is now 2.7b23, I think you’re fine. 😉

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Natasha, Art Girl Geek

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Traci Toguchi was in Las Vegas during this past week, covering the Consumer and Electronics Show for us. While attending an after-party hosted by Robert Scoble, Traci ran into Natasha Wescoat, who happens to be a friend of mine! Natasha is an Art Geek in the true sense. Not only is she an amazing artist… she’s also a true techie Geek! What more could you ask for? I have to give props to our friend Daynah for the camera work during this video… using an awesome Vado 3 that Creative sent to Traci for this purpose.

Natasha loves attending conferences, especially CES. She is obsessed with gadgets in general. She was also chosen to be a Ford Fiesta Agent. This involves spending 6 months behind the wheel of their own Fiesta, lifestreaming their experiences, and completing monthly missions to show you what the Fiesta is all about.

At one point, she created a unique – and amazing!! – art print of my dogs, Wicket and Pixie. The print was auctioned off, and the proceeds were given to a local animal shelter. That was an amazing experience for me, and we had a lot of fun trying to get the dogs to cooperate! I’m not sure the pups will ever lose the ego boost they gained from being turned into something that will be appreciated forever.

Natasha states that she is always inspired by whatever place she happens to find herself in. She manages to find something beautiful everywhere she looks. Wouldn’t the world be a much better place if everyone could do that?

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What Was Your Favorite Childhood Toy?

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I remember playing with an original Lite Brite when I was a kid. My brothers and I would spend hours on end creating different pieces of artwork. You could use the pre-made sheets to guide you, or create something right out of your own imagination! Nowadays, you can play with the new Lite Brite Cube! Create something different on all four sides, or go with a theme. The only limits are those within your own mind! I’m very grateful that ThinkGeek sent this to me to review.

The Cube comes with two storage drawers to hold all of your pegs. You can, of course, buy extra pegs – just in case you happen to lose some! One child can create four different scenes, or keep all the little ones busy at once! There’s a carry handle on the top of the cube for easy transport. Just a word of caution, though… I’d put a piece of tape on those drawers when you move the Cube around. They come out pretty easily, and it’s impossible to find all those little pegs on the floor if they spill!

Wicket and Pixie both want to try to create a picture for me for Christmas. The problem is that they lack opposable thumbs! I don’t think they’ll be able to pick up these little pegs and stick them in the slots. Oh, well. I’m sure they’ll come up with something else to get into.

What childhood toys do you remember playing with? What was your all-time favorite?!

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