Making Time to Play

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Hi Everyone,

Although I generally prefer the interaction of ink on paper to digital design, I’ve discovered some things– like animation– which are a lot easier to do in my iPad than on paper. I recently got a cool new program, iOrnament Crafter, and have been having a blast making kaleidoscopic versions of my art. The app is an extension of the iOrnament drawing App which I’ve been playing with for the past few months, and I am amazed at the beautiful art you can create with these two inexpensive apps.

Since much of my art involves lettering, I naturally wanted to see if I could animate one of my rainbow words, and was totally mesmerized by this 20 second animation of the word HOPE.

I am having a great time making kaleidoscopic designs today!

Posted by Joanne Fink on Monday, August 20, 2018

I tried a similar technique on the word LOVE, which I lettered on a black background:

I still can’t decide which I like better… which is your favorite?

After making a few ‘word-scopes’, I animated a watercolor Star of David design which is incredibly meditative:

Hard to believe that this simple Star of David is the only art needed to create the kaleidoscope!

There are two other features of iOrnament Crafter that I REALLY like: one is being able to  create a metallic look, and the other is being able to print my art out on a variety of different box templates so I can actually build 3-D boxes like this one:

All you have to do is cut, fold and glue the printout:

This is a crafter’s dream!

The box design is based on the word ‘Create’:


And you can print it out on several different box styles. Here’s how it looks on the triangular box:

I did a full screen animation of the Create design, and am thinking about making it my screen saver:

Hi Everyone,I am having a great time making Kaleidoscopic words, and wanted to share this one, which features the word CREATE.Enjoy!Stay Zenspired,Joanne

Posted by Joanne Fink on Monday, August 20, 2018

In addition to two dimensional art, iOrnament has a feature which allows you to simulate 3-D globes:

I like being able to see both the two dimensional and three dimensional versions of the same pattern.

And I really like being able to change colors with the click of a button!

In addition to iOrnament, I also enjoy using Procreate, Adobe Sketch and Amaziograph. I’ve been doing a lot of my lettering designs– include all the Care-Moji Stickers— in Procreate. If there’s interest, I’d be happy to get someone to film me showing how I use each of the programs. Leave a comment to let me know if you’d be interested in a ‘iPad Pro tips for Artists & Crafters.

Stay Zenspired,



12 thoughts on “Making Time to Play”

  1. Hi Joanne!
    These are all amazing! I love the 3D Orbs, too!
    I don’t have an iPad, but I’m thinking I need to get one…soon!

    Love and hugs,
    Terri ❤

  2. WOW, this is so amazing. I already have iOrnament but since it doesn’t do the animation the iOrnament Crafter will be added today!
    My favorites are the Star of David and Love.
    I find the word Create too difficult to make out when I’m watching it, perhaps if it had fewer like Hope it would be easier to see the word, but I do love the colors in it and find the movement very soothing.
    I know what I’m going to be playing with on this rainy day today!

  3. I am one who would be interested in “ipad Pro tip for Artist and crafters.
    the videos were a delight as well as a spark to my thoughts of what next.

  4. So totally would love to see more of this and how to create it. Thank you for sharing your great fun discovery.

  5. I don’t have an Ipad or the apple products but I do love what you have created!! How exciting.

  6. They are all gorgeous Joanne! Iove the second one and the Star of David. One day I will get to play! Back to a ketubah for a November 4 wedding! The August 30 one is matted and ready to go!

  7. Wow Joanne, I love all those designs. Create in 3D is amazing. I will have to check out those apps. I am saving up for the I pad pro it is an awesome tool for crafting and design. Those craft boxes are so fun. They have that feature in craft artist and I have never tried it so now you have motivated me to give it a try.

  8. I have purchased you books and love your work. Would love to have a tutorial for these. Your work is my motivation and joy! Thank you!

  9. Oh yes, I’m very interested in using my iPad and these programs, I’m assuming it would work on a Mac as well?
    I love your work and have several of your books.

Comments are closed.

SIGN UP TODAY For the Zenspirations Blog