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iTravel…or…my favorite apps and tools for traveling with my iPad

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in General Announcements

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I wanted to write a little bit about some of my favorite apps and tools for traveling with my iPad. Two years I bought my iPad …and it is like my super friend ever since. Especially since I travel so much for workshops it became of a huge value. As you know luggage restrictions are tight and especially when you teach you have a lot of stuff in your suitcases: Kits, tools, supplies…if you ever saw my suitcase when I came teaching at your local store you saw it all. When I closed my accounting for 2012 I was shocked at the amount of costs of extra luggage and shipping I paid for last year to get my supplies and kits to workshop locations.

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Before iPad or BiP ;) I used to pack stacks of books and magazines in my suitcase because I love to read. BiP I had a travel journal and an idea journal. A book with stuff about the workshops. Pencils, a little bag with art supplies, my laptop for emails and if I needed to work on stuff, tickets, calendar, travel papers, maybe a dvd so I could watch a movie of my liking when on a longer journey…well you get the picture.

Nowadays I pack for all the mentioned above just my iPad. And since I know there must be people out there that love their tablet too-  let me show you some of my faves. I will not state the “obvious” like the kindle reader, the magazine reader- although you might wanna know which magazines I heart – LOL – instagram etc.

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I have a lot of creative or fun apps as you can see- I love them all- LetterMPress - if you love Letterpress- and that was actually btw how I created my logo for Creative Jumpstart 2012 and some other logos. ArtRage pretty cool- but also VERY intense. A nice app if you want to play with different brushes and paint media and with painting over photos and such. Zen Brush was one of my first apps- and I still like it a lot. Also awesome for just drawing and sketching thinks or doodling along while waiting for the journey to end or start…

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but my favorite one is my Paper 53 App- which my husband showed me several months ago and which I bought every single update for it like a crazy chicken and I am probably the only one who is always hoping there might be an update for it when opening the update folder

With this app you can draw and sketch, do watercoloring etc.

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I use it a lot to play when I travel and sketch down some ideas- you can even mix your own colors- which I think is brilliant and I love it sooo much.

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(see the tool? The brush…I will talk about this in a second ;) )

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some of these ideas get more played with on real paper or in an art journal later

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you can also create several journals and I often write into them too – with my sensu brush& stylus- which I will tell you in a second about

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OK- now I told you several times I would tell you about this brush and the stylus…well here is my favorite tool right now for my iPad. It is called sensu and it is a brush and stylus in one.

From their website: “The rubber stylus is exposed when the brush is closed. This stylus is great for sketching and writing or as a general navigation tool. Grasp Sensu near the nib section and pull it out of the protective cap. You will reveal the capacitive bristles of the artist brush. Insert the rubber stylus into the cap and the cap becomes a handle for your brush.”

 

Brilliant! It really does give you the feel as if you handle a brush. Yes it is still digital what you do- but it feels way more natural. If you do some sketching and painting on your tablet  – this is the best thing I have found so far! I love that it is so small and you have the protection too – I am just in Love! I saw at Paperworld that they will also bring out just the brush for the tablet  – without the stylus which will be much cheaper then. But for me the point is actually having both because I write and sketch on my iPad too. I am very pleased with the stylus too. If you have a good stylus though you might want to wait till the sensu with just the brush is on the market.

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Another one of my faves is Dropbox – might be boring for some of you- but oh I love dropbox. You can save files on dropbox, share folders with other etc. If you don’t know dropbox at all- you have to figure it out: But what I love about the app for the iPad is that I can upload files in my Dropbox folder- pdf, word documents – so I can for example upload the lists for the materials for my workshops etc. And once I have opened those documents while still online on my iPad…I can actually open them from now on even offline on my iPad. And that is pretty cool. I cannot tell you the times that this has saved me lot’s of problems and headaches when traveling and without my computer at home.

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Oh and another tool -is my keyboard case for the iPad- I got it from my husband for christmas. It also serves as a closure and protection which is really good- but of course the best thing is that you have a keyboard when you write emails or text that is longer. Doing this on the iPad I find just hideous and annoying.

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The only funny and weird thing is- that as soon as you see your iPad more in a usual Monitor way- you forget that you still need to touch it as there is no mouse. I cannot even tell you how often I have tried to find my mouse pad or the mouse next to it…ahem ;)

oK- now – there is more apps I love – but I think that should do for now. I hope you found it a bit interesting :)

If you use a tablet what are your favorite apps or tools?

Have a gorgeous day

Nat

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    • Marsha.

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      Ooops, sorry about that!

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  • sylvia

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    i love this post Nat, thanks for sharing!! i don’t use a tablet but that Paper 53 App looks aaamaaaazing!! also, i’m in love with your iPad sleeve!! have a lovely wednesday, hugs to you. xxx

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  • Marsha.

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    Wow, this is a helpful post Nat! Thank you for sharing. We got an iPad in December (officially it’s my husband’s) and I’m still figuring out stuff… I also use Dropbox a lot and I’ve started watching TV-series on it. I will have to see if I can get the brush/stylus as a gift for my mom’s birthday. She would love that!

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    • Marsha.

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      TV-series on the iPad… Not on Dropbox… But I’m sure you understand :-).

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  • Katrina

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    Great post Nat, I love Paper 53 too but I do need a better stylus. I bought a cheap one but it is way too thick for drawing. Have you tried Fingerpint? Its a free app I got the other day, just a bit of fun but is is amazing,hypnotic and great fun.I won’t tell you about it too much as it will spoil the surprise but do have a look. :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Kinda freaks me out that you can do so much art digitally. I have a Samsung tablet that I use for going online and as a Kindle reader. I’m sure that it can do more but haven’t spent the time to figure it out. Cool examples that you shared.

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  • Laurie Hunt

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    Great post Natalie! My husband has an iPad and uses like a madman. Truth is, I bought for myself, but at the time — it was right after it came out — there weren’t that many apps and I found that I just did not utilize it so I gave to him. Now I am thinking about a mini in the not too distant future, so it was fun to read all that you do with it. Thanks.

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  • Martha Richardson

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    I love my iPad and always on the look out for new apps that work…thank you for sharing!!!

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  • mjmarmo

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    I love using the kindle app and there are some games I play. I want to look into some of your apps!

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  • osmancm@comcast.net

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    Thanks so much Nathalie, I’ve been trying to figure out how I would use an Ipad. Still don’t know how to instagram and you post helped.

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  • Kathy P

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    Great post, Nat! I am going to spend some time exploring your app suggestions! I only got my first iPad last November, so I am just learning the ropes! But I do love it! Thanks for leading me further into the mixed media/art world!!!

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  • Lisa Flaherty

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    I am a bit behind the iTimes, :) but got my first iPhone for Christmas and I LOVE IT!! I can’t believe how amazing it is, and that my old Droid was really that crappy! Haha! So, I still live in the age of BiP, but hope to make the jump at some point. You’ve made a great sales pitch, and I love the drawings you’ve done with the different apps and the organizational tips, too!

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  • Sasha

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    Thank you very much for sharing Nat! The apps you enjoy seem very cool, so I’ll definitely have to check them out soon! I did just recently get my iPad though, so as of right now there aren’t too many apps that I would consider to be favorites. There is one app called DISH Anywhere that I’ve really enjoyed as of late because of all the traveling I do for my job at DISH. That app lets me watch all of my TV shows from home, live or recorded, anywhere I go in the world! It’s perfect for a TV addict like me because with it I always have entertainment, and a way to keep up with my shows when I’m half way across the country.

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  • Jeremey Blease

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    What is the app that looks like it reads street tag, in the picture it’s in the bottom row second app in.

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  • Margi Laurin

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    also I recommend you try a Jot stylus by Adonit (some minor maintenance is all that is required to keep this puppy in top working order) and another awesome, albeit minimalist app is SketchTime . I am attaching a link so show you what I have done in sketchtime this past year. http://www.margilaurin.ca/Site/Digital_Painting.html

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Inspiration Overload or…a Day in NYC

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Photos, The Traveling Artist

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Last Wednesday I took the PATH from Jersey City where I had also a fun day on Tuesday to New York City and visited my friend Julie Fei Fan Balzer. I love spending time with her. Not only is she an amazing artist, always happy to share and help with her never-ending knowledge and input, but also as a real friend. It is just the best to hang out with her.

Every time I visit her I get struck by the beauty of her art – in real life even more awesome. These two pieces were my favorite :)

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After some chatting we went to MoMA. Not before takings some elevator photos- as those are Julie’s daily routine. As you can see…this needs practice – LOL

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I love MoMA and every time you go there is something new to discover. This time Julie gave me her 1 Dollar tour…which she never got- although the tour was worth more…oh well…lol- ssssshhh ;)

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Cat and Bird by Paul Klee. I love the color choices

 

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Marc Chagall

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Paul Klee – I believe- awesome weaving!

 

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Edvard Munch: The writing on the pre-study touched me – and it somehow for me belongs together with the painting

Geschrei: Ich fühlte das große Geschrei durch die Natur

Scream: I felt the big scream passing through the nature

 

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my absolute fave by Paul Klee: Vocal Fabric of the Singer Rosa Silber

After all that we needed a little lunch break -nom nom pouched shrimps

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and then we went to Rockefeller Center with a short glimpse of the tree. Here is a little tree parade – all what I saw that day in NYC:

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THE tree, shortly before the lighting of the tree

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awesome lego tree

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Radio City Hall Tree lit on the way to Pen Station shot out of window of taxi cab

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Anthropologie Tree with nice mirroring building

Speaking of Anthropologie- which is one of my most favorite inspiring stores, there is no visit to the States for me without going to Anthropologie. This time I have been in 3 locations- LOL. NYC, Montclair – NJ and Palm Beach-FL – call me obsessed ;)

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These boots were calling my name- until I saw the price tag- ahem, then the voice got more into whispering mode ;) . But aren’t they just beautiful?

 

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I want this fox – I love foxes :)

 

 

 

 

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Funky bunny ornament

 

 

 

 

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I would love to have those for my drawers in my craft room!

 

 

 

 

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Felt Garland

 

 

 

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From there we went back to record the Adventures in Arting: Globally Thinking Podcast .

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And after some tea and a bit more chatting  with Julie and her Mom Eileen,  I had to go home :( SAD…..Thank you Julie for an awesome day full of inspiration! I so can’t wait to see you soon again.

What is your favorite inspirational store?

huge hugs

nat

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  • Marit

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    Oh wow, I would love to spend a day at the MoMa… even more now that I’ve seen your photos! Gorgeous and inspiring! Thanks!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Yeah, another post with my two favorite creative ladies (together)!
    I love the Lego tree and the rabbit from Alice and Wonderland (the one with the spy glass).
    I find inspiration while at Barnes & Noble since that is where I purchase Somerset Memories. Also at a local gift shop which has local art and awesome jewelry. It is called the Andovers Gift Shop.
    Fun post Nat.

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  • rains

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    I just toured those same stores while visiting with my 12yo son in Sept! We went to Anthropologie (for me, could only afford some clearance sunglasses, but they’re purple and wonderful) and to the lego store for him. Both were sooo inspiring and I took many pictures of the displays. Also, the candy store in Rockefeller Center that has been there for decades. They make amazing paper animals in which to wrap an individual chocolate. That’s soo inspiring to me. I loved seeing your day with Julie. Thanks for sharing.

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    • rains

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      Oh! And MOMA! I go there every time I get to NYC and it is the most inspiring of all museums, to me.

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  • Martha Richardson

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    I’m so glad that NYC survived after the 2 of you got together…DOUBLE TROUBLE!!!

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  • Mary Werner

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    Paint your own pair of boots – I bet you and all of us would love them even more!!!!!!

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  • lisa

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    Hi Nat, looks like you had fun : ) Love the fox and the bunnies : ) xx

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  • Mariana Granoni

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    Moma is my favourite museum, LOVE IT. Great photos Nathalie. I’m a huge fan of both of you. Merry Christmas! and a Very happy new year!!

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  • mjmarmo

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    Looks like fun!!

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  • Isabel LopezDel RinconTroussel

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    I Love, love, love NYC in December…! Did you also see the Christmas tree at the MET? It usually is amazing! If not, well, at least you went to the MOMA, another of my favorite places in that city! And also the Folk Museum, the Bronx Botanical Gardens…. Oh, and one of my inspirational stores is MOMA Design Store (as is any other museum store… Also, a couple stores in SoHo: Leekan Designs and The Enchanted Forest… not sure if they still exist… Oh! and Pearl Paint of course!!!

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  • SusanJane

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    Actually it’s not a store at all. Free even. Clouds. Especially cirrus clouds which are those long whisky ones made out of tiny ice crystals high up. But there are so many types of clouds. Of course clouds make the best sunsets. Ever seen a sun dog? They are the small lone clouds that float all by themselves at sunset. When ever I feel awe and wonder I feel inspired. Having it be free is priceless.

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  • Jessica

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    I live just over the river in New Jersey! Next time you visit Julie, I’d love to see you!!

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  • Michelle Hernandez (@willieburgscrap)

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    I CANNOT BELIEVE we were at Rockerfeller Center at the same time on the same day!!!! The crowds were crazy so it would have been a miracle to have bumped into you. I was with my 3 year old daughter and we spent most of the time sitting on the floor in the Lego store. I don’t think I would have stopped you though- it would have been strange. But fingers crossed we’ll bump into each other on your next visit- we frequent the same places! I LOVE Anthropologie!!! There are 3 other stores in Manhattan and each does it’s own display so I often go on a “tour” just to see what the current display trends are. Last time I went they had gold dipped rubber tree leaves hanging from the ceiling- it was an amazing sight!

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