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How To Easily Make Your Own Artwork (With Zero Artistic Talent Required!)

I must confess, I’m still doing quite a bit of staring at the artwork above my firplace. 🙂

Since not everyone has a talented artist in their family and easy access to original artwork to fill their walls, I wanted to show you today how you can create some beautiful artwork on your own, and you don’t have to have even a drop of creative talent to do it!

All you need is an iPhone or iPad and a few amazing apps. (Yes, folks…iPhones are good for far more than dazzling your Facebook friends and Instagram followers with selfies showing every minute detail of your life.) 😀

Now I know that not everyone has an iPhone or iPad, but chances are that if you don’t have one, you know someone who does. (And similar apps may be available for other phones. You’ll just have to check for your phone.)

The first thing that you need is a pretty photograph. You can either take one directly with your phone, or you can use a nicer camera, save the photo in your computer, email it to yourself, and then open up the email/picture from your phone and save it to your camera roll. That’s actually what I did for this demonstration. I had my mom email me a photo from her Italy trip, and I opened the email on my phone and saved the picture to my camera roll. From there, I could use that picture with all of these apps.

Here’s the original photo that she sent me.

make easy artwork - original

Now I’ll show you how my three favorite apps can turn that photograph (or any photograph) into a work of art.

This first app is called Waterlogue, and it turns photos into beautiful watercolors. The app gives you a few options to choose from, and these are my favorites four options…

Waterlogue Natural:

make easy artwork - waterlogue natural

Waterlogue Travelogue:

make easy artwork - waterlogue travelogue

Waterlogue Illustration:

make easy artwork - waterlogue illustration

Waterlogue Color Bloom:

make easy artwork - waterlogue color bloom

Aren’t those pretty?! I absolutely love watercolor paintings. The best part is that this app is incredibly easy to use (just open the pic in the app, and then touch on the option you want). It’s the most expensive of the three apps I’ll show you, but it’s still only $2.99.

The next app is called Mobile Monet, and it’s only 99 cents.  This is probably my favorite one to play around with because it actually gives you options.  (But still no artistic talent required!)

Also, you can order canvas prints straight from the app.

When you first open up a picture in Mobile Monet, it’ll change the photo into a drawing like this…

make easy artwork - mobile monet 1

That’s pretty just like it is, but then you can use your finger to swipe across select areas of the drawing where you want it to add color.  Swipe once for just a little color, or swipe two or three times for more saturated color.  Here’s where I added just a bit of color to only select areas of the drawing.

make easy artwork - mobile monet 2

And the I added a bit more color to more areas…

make easy artwork - mobile monet 3

…and then more saturated color to the whole thing…

make easy artwork - mobile monet 4

And if you add too much color for your liking, there’s a “sponge” option that will “soak up” some of the color (i.e., remove the color bit by bit) just by swiping your finger across that area.  It’s really fun, and you can create some beautiful artistic images with this.

And my third favorite app is called Auto Painter.  There are three different versions of Auto Painter.

Auto Painter 3, which is also 99 cents, will apply a painted look to your photograph that is reminiscent of certain well known artists.


make easy artwork - auto painter 3 - monet


make easy artwork - auto painter 3 - camille


make easy artwork - auto painter 3 - d'orcia

and Van Gogh…

make easy artwork - auto painter 3 - van gogh

The original Auto Painter app has these four options:


make easy artwork - auto painter - aquarel


make easy artwork - auto painter - benson


make easy artwork - auto painter - cezanne

and Van Gogh…

make easy artwork - auto painter - van gogh

Auto Painter II gives options for general art media rather than specific artists, and they include…


make easy artwork - auto painter II - chalk

Book (hand painted illustrations)…

make easy artwork - auto painter II - book

Felt Tip…

make easy artwork - auto painter II - felt tip

and Water + Ink…

make easy artwork - auto painter II - water + ink


Once you get the photo transformed into artwork, just download it to your computer, and use whatever photo editing software you use (I personally use Paint Shop Pro, available on Ebay for about $40, but my mom uses the super expensive and fancy Photoshop) to resize your photos. Make it the size and resolution you need for your artwork, and then send it off to be printed!

And of course, these are only a few of the apps available for this type of thing. If you search, you’ll find a long list of others available, and each are different and have different capabilities.

Instant artwork with no artistic talent needed. 🙂

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    March 7, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I love this! I’m going to try it today!

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    March 7, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I’ve been using Waterlogue for a while and absolutely love what it creates! Beautiful! I’ll have to check out the other ones you mentioned. Thanks 🙂

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    March 7, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I’ve used Waterlogue and had a ton of people asking where I got my ‘paintings’. I’ll definitely have to look into the other apps! Thanks for the info. :o)

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    March 7, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I had no idea that these existed. Thank you for sharing–I’m going to see what is available in Android.

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    March 7, 2014 at 11:24 am

    It looks good, but I have a droid. It won’t help me.

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    March 7, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I know what I’ll be doing this weekend!

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    March 7, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    WOW!!!! I had NO idea!!!! Great post!!!! Thank you.

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    March 7, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I am sure these new apps will be getting downloaded quite a bit now. I think I just found some new gift ideas – pics of beloved house elevations for all!!! Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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    March 7, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Cool! Thanks for sharing! ~:)

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    March 7, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Here are some suggestions for Droid tablets and phones:

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    March 7, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    This is the most awesome post I have seen in a long time. I just downloaded the apps!!!! I am thrilled!!!

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    March 7, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Can you tell me what the cost of the canvas is using the Monet or Waterlogue app?

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    March 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I remember turning regular photos into “watercolors” 15 years ago with MS Paint of all things. I think back then I had to actually scan the physical photograph into the computer though 🙂

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    March 7, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I may actually get a iPhone just to get to use these.

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    March 7, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks for the great round up … This is great! I used to go directly to the hubs for this stuff before – for his Photoshop skillz (which are great – he totally photoshopped out my tummy in one pic long ago!) … now I can self help! I’ve got pics from the CinqueTerre (where this photo may have been taken) – time to add another project to the list!

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    March 7, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    These are cool, but don’t help me if you have to download to your phone- aren’t there any for the pc?

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    March 7, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    The Waterlogue app in the Android Playstore is not by the same people and, according to most of the reviews is all ads and Spam. You can change picture size for free at on your computer and they have an inexpensive monthly subscription (which I have not used but plan to when I get time to edit my pictures) that does lots of things that Photoshop does. I love watercolors and. My husband has an iPhone and I am going to try these apps. Thank you for passing along the info.

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    March 7, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I just downloaded MobileMonet a love it. But don’t tell my art teacher; she’ll tell me to get out my brushes and do it myself!

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    March 7, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    AWESOME!! Anyone know an app for android similar to this?

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    Gilmer Gal
    March 7, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Darling, do you assume I even know how to use my iPhone for anything other than calling and receiving phone calls and checking the weather? You overestimate my knowledge on anything Apple. I do occasionally use the camera and am quite pleased with myself for being able to actually download those on to my PC. I know, just sad, right?

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    March 7, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Thank you! You are wonderful! You open up so many doors for creativity!

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    Connie Volkman
    March 7, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Well, I just lost a lot of jobs. why would anyone need me to paint for them when they have the magic of computers?
    I can only hope that not everyone watches and reads your blog. It’s getting harder and harder to sell art and make a living. I hope ther is something out there to do that you can’t do as of yet.

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    March 7, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    This is so cool! 🙂

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    March 7, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Hi Kristi;
    Thank you so much for sending us out these samples of watercolour paintings and the apps. I am an artist , art teacher and always renovating and decorating my home. I do not have the time to search out this stuff. I did post this to my Face Book site for my artsy friends.

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    March 8, 2014 at 1:16 am

    I have to say I look forward to ALL your posts but this one was the package with the ribbon on!,

    My son is a graphic designer but now I wont have to wait on him.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

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    Sheila F
    March 8, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Thank you for sharing! I will def. try these. We recently moved to a condo by the Chesapeake Bay and there is a view of an old elevated train trestle from out balcony. I would love to have it enlarged and Van Goghesch. LOL

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    Sherry Phelps
    March 8, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Wow! What a great app. Thanks for sharing.

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    March 8, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Wow! You are always a fountain of information. Wwhere did you send your Mom’s painting for printing?

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    March 8, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    WOW! Your mom’s a great photographer as well as artist – makes sense. duh!
    Love, love, love these options, but don’t have an iphone nor ipad, but I DO have dds that have both, and I’m going to look at all of the comments to see if anyone with an android knows of a similar app.
    Thanks (AGAIN) Kristi!

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    March 8, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Another good one is Glaze! But Waterlogue remains my favorite…

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    Susan schaffer
    March 8, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Love, love , love this! Thanks so much

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    Colleen F.
    March 8, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Those are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    March 8, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    This is beautiful!!!!! I can’t wait to try it out! Might be fun to do one of these of our grandchildren! Thanks for sharing this great tip!

    Of course, if you want to try your talent with a brush, we can sometime go to Painting with a Twist–it is a lot of fun!

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    Kathy H
    March 9, 2014 at 9:17 am

    These are so awesome. Thanks so much for posting.

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    Elizabeth Sagarminaga
    March 10, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Such a nice post. You are amazing and you open up so many doors for creativity. Creating art expands a child’s ability to interact with the world around them, and provides a new set of skills for self-expression and communication.

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    March 10, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Thank you!What a great app. Thanks for sharing.

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    Leena Lanteigne
    March 11, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    This is so neat! I’ll have to see if I can find similar apps for Android! Hugs, Leena

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    Diana Moody
    March 12, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Thank you for posting this! I cant wait to use these apps!


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    Diane Rice Grummer
    March 16, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing this….it is so cool looking!! I have zero artistic talent, but I think I could possibly do one of these!!

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    May 28, 2014 at 11:59 am

    This is fabulous! Thanks for sharing the web sites. I am always on the lookout for art, and it is oftentimes too pricey. If I can’t figure out the apps, I’ll let my 11 year old daughter help me.

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      Nancy Oden
      January 31, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      I actually would like to try this on some old sepia toned photos of family members..might be a unique way to display a family gallery..

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    MaryAnne Looby
    June 21, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Cool, have a friend who just returned from her first trip to Italy. They took 1000 photos, Hope I can get her favorite and do this on a canvas as a Christmas gift for them. Amazing what these things can do! I don’t have apple, but I do have a tablet with ability for lots of apps. I will check it out.

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    September 10, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Esto es maravilloso, pero inmediatamente intentaré creae algo de lo que nos enseñas, !!! MIL GRACIAS !!!!