This week’s challenge for Snappy H’appy is to experiment with watercolor apps.

My co-host of this Snappy H’appy Challenge, JX at weliveinaflat, begins week three by saying:

Welcome back to Week 3 of the Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge hosted by weliveinaflat and firebonnet 😉 This challenge asks you to (1) share a good photo that you took or edited last week, (2) run it through a photo app on your smartphone or mobile device and share with us the result. This week, we are looking at Watercolour. 

She then goes on to show us, in the most delightful way, how to go about this. I highly recommend reading her post for the information she provides (here).

I took this photo a few days ago with my iPhone 4 and thought it would be a good one to use for this process. Flowers … watercolor, they seem to go together.

Original photo taken with iPhone 4 and lightened a little in Snapseed.

I have both an android device and an iPhone so I was able to experiment with three of the apps weliveinaflat recommends. I did buy the app called Waterlogue for my iPhone since it looked pretty good. I tried a number of the styles it offers and thought this was the best of the bunch for this photograph.

watercolor waterlogue

I like the grass but the watercolor flowers seem unfinished to me. Then I played on my Samsung Galaxy tablet (it’s my goal with this challenge to do more with it). I didn’t like any of the results I got with the app called PixArt, but had some success with SketchGuru.

watercolor SG 1

Although it doesn’t have the spontaneity and vibrancy of the Waterlogue one, it is more complete. I played a little more with  it and came up with warmer version.

watercolor SG

I’m not entirely happy with any of the results. As with HDR, I think the image you use as the base is important to the outcome. I am going to continue experimenting with these apps using other photos. If I come up with anything awesome, I’ll let you know!

A day later: I took JX’s suggestion and took number three into Snapseed and lightened and brightened it.  What a difference! I then took it into Pixlr Express to add a paper texture to it and the frame and signature. I am definitely happier with this one and it is my choice for the pic of the week for the watercolor theme.

Watercolor new edit pixlr

As always I welcome your comments on this or any other part of my blog. Please head on over to my co-host in this challenge, weliveinaflat to see the work of the rest of the participants in this challenge.

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26 thoughts on “Snappy H’appy #3: Watercolor – Playing With Flowers”

  1. Thank you so much for your encouraging comments! When we experiment, as we are doing in this challenge, we risk putting out some things that simply don’t work. But I’m glad I went back and reworked it.

  2. I have to say I really love both the first and last photos. Waterlogue does give a true watercolor feel. Amazing, really. And the final photo you chose is so vibrant and lovely that just seeing it would make anyone’s day! Love them both.

  3. I like the first one for the more traditional approach of a watercolor image and the color has a wonderful, abundant saturation about it-but it is decidedly more sedate next to your last one which has a more abstract feel as well as tremendous energy and joy-a fascinating experiment to be sure-

  4. I DID take it into Snapseed and really like the outcome. Thank you for the suggestion! I added it to my post above. Please use that one for the grid. Thanks again!!!!

  5. No worries at all!!!!! That’s what this is for, experimenting, and I’m really happy doing it. That’s a great idea to use multiple apps to get a desired effect, I might do that. I was actually thinking of taking the Waterlogue one and using SketchBook on my tablet to enhance the flower. If I come up with something cool, I’ll add it to this post.

  6. Hello Meghan, the SketchGuru version remains me of tie-dye. I would try to open that in in Snapseed and increase the saturation or try HDR Scape to see if I can get more vibrant colours, after using SketchGuru. That could perhaps help.

    I wish the Waterlogue app will show up the blue in the flowers and am sorry if the recommendation did not do so well for you!

    Thank you for co-hosting with me! 😉

  7. It’s 2.99 on iPhone. Don’t know about iPad. I want to experiment with other photos. It isn’t an app that you can really adjust much other than picking the watercolor style though. However, I still think it’s pretty powerful.

  8. Overall I like the first one the best but think the flower details in PixArt are a little nicer. I’ve been thinking about trying Waterlogue too…

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