I have found a new "toy" to pass the time on airplanes and waiting here and there - it is the fun new iPad/iPhone app Waterlogue. It is an app that takes your photos and "paints" them, turning them into watercolor paintings. I've admired and collected travel books and journals of watercolors, but since I can't draw and don't know how to paint, I've had to only admire what others can do. Now with this app, I can take my photos and make them into watercolors! I'd love to do a scrapbook of one of my trips using these photos. I think they would be fabulous enlarged and framed for a wall!
Here's a sampling of some of the photos I changed in the app...
This photo is of bunches of radishes at the market in Apt in Provence:
This is a sign at the Portobello Road Market in London:
This is a doorway in Provence:
These are some knobs for sale at the market in Loumarin in Provence:
In the app you upload your photo and then can apply one of twelve different filters to it - each one gives a different effect. There is a good reveiw and overview of how the app works on this blog HERE.
I found that pictures with at least some bright color in the photograph worked best for me. Here is a photo of Mr. Kitty with four different filters applied to it. (You can click on any photo to enlarge it.)
I found that photos of people usually didn't turn out well for me - there is often not enough contrast in the photo for all their features to show up in the painting - I ended up with faceless people. This photo from our tea at the Orangerie in London illustrates this... my face turned out ok, but Valerie's and Tiesha's faces are missing! You can sort of tell that is Kathy there too.
Sometimes the more unusual drawings suit the subject like this photo of the Eiffel Tower:
This is the same photo with a watercolor effect:
I found that photos that don't have as much color looked good using the Illustration filter:
And in Paris:
I found that it works well for photos of collections of things like the radishes and the knobs above or this stack of suitcases at the Apt market:
Photos that are colorful but not too busy are best - I tried photos of the crowds at the flea market but it just looks like a blur of color. The picture of the Louvre in Paris shows that it helps to have some architecture mixed with a jumble of color to ground the "painting." These are two different filters - both giving a beautiful watercolor painting effect.
Here's a variety of pictures that I love from Provence...
Buildings in Roussillon:
Lovely shutters and still-lifes in Lumarin:
Restaurants along the Mediterranean in Cassis:
William and Catherine and Harry and their home at Kensington Palace:
Lastly this amazing sight of giraffes in South Africa:
I love the idea of making my own postcard-type photos to include in my scrapbooks. The possibilities are endless! This app will affect the photos that I take in my travels, knowing the types of photos that turn out best. The app is $2.99, but I think it's worth every penny!
What do you think? Have a good day!
Please be praying for the son of family friends... little 4 year old Benjamin is having surgery on a fist-sized tumor in his brain today. You can read about it on Facebook under a link I put on my wall the other day (or by searching for Mindy Sauer) and also this beautiful post by Ben's Aunt Marisa. Thank you!