My husband and I are total tech geeks so I was super excited when the folks over at HP invited me to partner with them to get creative with their new Sprout
computer. With a clear and vibrant 23 inch touchscreen, overhead projector/scanner and dual view touchpad mat it felt like a futuristic and innovative experience to use. Given my love of colour, fashion and design, I set about creating two projects that used Sprout’s innovative features to make personalised items for my home and wardrobe.
For the first project I was keen to see how I could use Sprout’s technology to take something physical and manipulate it digitally. At the start of this year I started to experiment with watercolour and I was keen to see what I could create with one of my mint-coloured paintings.
I began by using Sprout’s
overhead one touch capture technology to scan in my original watercolour. With the watercolour scanned in, I was then able to move the painting to the ‘mat’, which allowed me to see the painting on the big widescreen, as well as on the touchpad mat.
With the pen tool stylus I was able to manipulate the painting and move it around to get it to the correct size. It felt really comfortable looking forwards (instead of leaning down and getting a sore neck!) while looking at my amends in real time on the screen in front of me.
With my artwork saved, I then used a website online that allows you to personalise items (a quick internet search will bring up loads of sites that offer such services!). I decided to make a phone case using my mint watercolour, so I used the stylus to drag and drop the artwork to the right position for printing onto the case.
I love seeing the phone case side-by-side with the original painting – technology never ceases to amaze me!
I have to admit, I am thrilled with how it came out. Doesn’t it look great? The ideal phone case for long summer days!
For my second project I used the Microsoft Fresh Paint
app that was installed on Sprout to make an original piece of digital artwork. This time I wanted to see what it would be like to create a piece of art digitally and then turn it into something physical.
The Fresh Paint app is incredibly versatile and dexterous – it really does feel like you are painting. You can create with everything from pencils to pens and oils to watercolour. I decided to make a nautical-inspired watercolour waves pattern with the aim of creating a new cushion for my couch.
It was amazing how the stylus responded to the strength and speed of my ‘brush’ strokes. The slower I painted, the more intense the colour and the faster, the lighter it would be. This was how I managed to create the crests of the waves in the pattern I made. Pretty cool, right?! I’m thrilled with how it turned out – it fits into my blue and yellow office colour palette perfectly. What do you think of the designs I created using Sprout?