13 Awesome Apps To Help Boost Your Creativity

Feeling a creative slump or creatively inspired without the tools to make things happen? Here's 13 awesome apps to help boost your creativity (and productivity!) in art, music, pottery, and beyond. And they're super simple, too. You can even create masterpieces while standing in the next endless checkout lane. 

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1. Art Set-  Apple

A virtual art set, equipped with paints, oil pastels, wax crayons, colored pencils and marker pens. You can draw and paint new images or import existing ones; you can blend, zoom for detail, add texture, and undo and redo.  ($0.99)


2. Chromaldry- Apple

 You can turn your photos into black-and-white versions of themselves, and add pigments just like you would any other coloring book. Remember, coloring is a stress-reliever. ($2.99)


3. Loop-  Apple and Android

What is it? A hand-drawn animation tool! (Free)


4. Field- Apple

 This one was designed by Austrian video artist Rainer Kohlberger. The app works through an iPad or iPhone's camera, reacting to the light and colors in your environment and translating them into tones, sounds and geometric patterns. ($1.99)


5. Bubble Harp-  Apple

Created by quirky app guru and visual artist Scott Snibbe, Bubble Harp records and replays fingertip movements (long movements from a single point or several) as bubbles and translates them into music. The experience is a combination of drawing, animation, music, art, geometry and gaming. ($1.99)

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6. Bamboo Paper- Apple and Android

 A digital sketch pad for drawings, notes and random scrawls that lets you zoom, import photos and share. (Best used with a Bamboo Stylus.) (Free)


7. Keezy- Apple

 An app-turned-musical-instrument that lets event the most amateur of musicians master the art of a sound board using just eight colored tiles. (Free)


8. Colorfly- Apple and Android

 Another coloring book app, except this one is a digital version of Johanna Basford's Secret Garden images. (Free)


9. Uzu- Apple

From the iTunes description: "Uzu is a Generative Design Playground -- a sort-of math-physics-art-toy for anyone who ever loved spirographs, fireworks, planetariums, lava lamps, light sabers, pen lasers, tesla coils, christmas lights, or graphing calculators." ($1.99)

10. Tayasui Sketches- Apple

 This drawing app includes digital pencils, Rotrings, watercolor brushes, and felt pens. (Free, but you can purchase a pro toolbox.)


11. Let's Create! Pottery Lite- Apple and Android

Pinch, pull, and push the clay into shape on your virtual pottery wheel and then send it off to be fired and glazed. Once done there, you can decorate with paints, brushes, and designs from around the globe. (Free)

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12. Caustic 3- Apple and Android

Got a catchy tune stuck in your head? Put it down on virtual wax. Essentially an entire music studio squeezed into your smartphone, this one features sampler rigs, synthesizers, equalizers, mixers, and a host of other tools. (Free for Android, $13.99 IOS)


13.  Walk Band- Android

Walk Band is meant to be more of a creative music-making app, with multi-track recording and a series of digital instruments you can play around with. (Free)


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