When Apple sent out the invitations for its iPad announcement even in January, the email included a picture of a white canvas with lots of paint splattered on it. The invitation said “come see our latest creation”, and it eventually turned out to be about the iPad – the device we know and love today.
Several users and bloggers speculated “Apple Canvas” might be a good name for the rumored tablet back then. Of course it didn’t happen, but we liked the concept. And now it all comes back to life again, thanks to an app called Auryn Ink that will turn the iPad’s screen into a watercolor painting canvas.
The app doesn’t come with the best UI elements and menus ever (they’re actually pretty ugly and need a lot of refinements), but the functionality is there. Auryn Ink lets you choose between different canvas types, tip shapes and bristles, adjust the brush size and even set the fade of ink as you’re brushing. You can set different watercolors, adjust the thickness of brushes and apply pressure effects as well as speed of gestures.
Auryn Ink hasn’t got the most beautiful UI of the year but I’m sure real artists will make this work for them to come up with stunning creations. Plus, the app is free in the App Store.