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Another App for Doodling

My younger sister and I share a fondness for doodling. We have very different styles when it comes to art and I’ve been pushing her to draw more. A couple of weeks back, she sent me a link to what looked like a stylus shaped like a fat, flat pencil. I thought it was cute but since the hubby gifted me with two Nomad brushes (with my name engraved on them, no less), I didn’t think about getting one for myself.

Another link she sent had something to do with the “pencil.” It was artwork turned into a little book on Moleskin! That one caught my attention and before I knew it, I was downloading the app. The app is called Paper by FiftyThree.

The app is great for jotting down or sketching ideas as they come. There’s a minimum of tools to work with so you don’t have to deal with any major learning curve. The app comes with the pen tool but to be able to use a pencil, a marker, a brush, and an ink pen, you do have make an in-app purchase.

When you start, you’ll see a selection of Moleskin books. Choose one and the pages open so you can start doodling. This video will do a better job of explaining how it works:


I have to say I do have fun using the App. At the end of my work hours, I usually plop down on the Yogibo and watch a sitcom or HGTV or a horror flick on Netflix and I make sure I have my iPad and a Nomad brush on hand. When a design or doodle comes to mind, I do quick illustrations. It’s become easier with the Paper app. I even enjoy the way it does the Undo function. It’s also easy to post the doodles for sharing on Tumblr but I think I’d be more thrilled if I could come up with a little story and illustrate it the way the John Radebaugh did on the video below!


It’s a nice gadget to have not only because it makes the doodling or jotting down of ideas easy and fun, it’s also a great way to fit in a bit of illustration practice each day. The fact that there are no layer, resizing, or repositioning options forces me to work the way I would if I were illustrating non-digitally.

Meanwhile, I’m going to continue watching out for my sister’s doodles.


2 thoughts on “Another App for Doodling

  1. I've looked at this app before, even though I'd rather just draw on paper or with my Wacom tablet. Call me paranoid but I always wonder about those apps and if there's a way for those people (or someone else) to have access to what you create and steal your idea. With today's open technology, you never know what's possible!


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