For those who follow me on Instagram, you're probably already aware that I'm recently become even more obsessed with my iPad Pro (first gen) than I already had been. Why? Because I started really using it for like EVERYTHING. I have already been using it (for well over a year now) for 99% of my illustration work either using Procreate, Adobe Draw or Astropad with Photoshop on my laptop-- but now, I'm doing art journal pages, bullet journaling, general journaling, memory keeping, note taking... everything.
And mainly, that's because it's so blooming convenient.
1. Last Christmas, I broke my drawing hand. It took months to heal to where I was able to write or draw at all, and even still, a year on, if I work too long or I don't take breaks like I should, stretch like I should, or if I'm pushing too hard with like a traditional pen or pencil on paper, my hand hurts or it's nearly impossible for me to work. But, with the iPad, I can have the pressure settings be really sensitive, so that I don't have to use my hand as much, if that makes any sense. So physically, it helps me so much.
2. I'm able to work / play from anywhere. With my mental health struggles and it also being winter and I'm very much wanting to work curled up in front of our fireplace in the living room or from bed, my work or my journal can easily come with me.
3. I have an "undo" button. And I don't care what anyone else says, having that option lets you feel freer to make more mistakes, take greater risks and make work that you might not otherwise do. So many of the things I've made this year that I've loved have been on my iPad. Simple facts, folks.
4. In the instance of bullet / art journaling specifically, it's really nice to use all my stickers, PDFs, papers, photos, etc. that I already own / buy / make over and over and over-- all without the mess of having to pull all of my craft supplies out. I can also "paint" on my "art journal page" without having to switch to a table. I can paint in bed ;)
And lastly, I like that this feels relaxing (even when I'm working) just because it's really just fun. It's fast, it's fun, and it allows me to keep up with all the journaling type things I want to do in one place AND work.
Anyway, I'd love to hear if you've ever tried digital stuff like this? Or are you strictly paper and pen?
Hope you're well <3