Wednesday, December 19, 2012


iPad Mini Sketchbook Setup #1 
iPad Mini Sketchbook Setup inside view

iPad Mini Sketchbook Setup 

iPad Mini Sketchbook Setup side view
I thought the iPad would be the perfect travel sketching tool but the glare on the screen made it impossible to use outdoors in bright light.  I kept thinking about how to create a practical way to shield the light.  Nothing useful ever came to mind.  In the meantime, I have purchased an iPad Mini for outside the house because I found the iPad weighing my purse down with all the other "stuff" we women deem necessary to have at all times!  So now I have one for travel and one for the house.  Extravagant, I know, but loving it!!!

Last night I was cleaning out a box and came across a beautiful small leather zippered notebook I haven't used in years.  It was designed to hold a pad of paper, pen, calculator etc.  In a flash of insight, I realized my iPad Mini would fit in this case and I thought of a way to use it for sketching in daylight.  The same idea would work with a larger zippered notebook for the full size iPad.

Here are the few simple items needed for this idea:  Zippered notebook (the zipper keeps the iPad from slipping out of the case) a bending straw to hold the lid in place, a cleaning cloth, a few makeup sponges to create a slight angle (optional) a piece of rubber shelf lining to keep the iPad from slipping around inside the case while drawing (optional) a stylus for drawing (optional but recommended).  

I am going out today and try my new invention.  Can't wait!!!!!!


Anne Sigalet Henderson said...

Hi Myrna,

That's a very attractive case!

What stylus do you use? I've been trying several different ones, but so far, they're not fine nibbed or sensitive enough.

Candy said...

Myrna, you're a very clever girl!

Vandy said...

Great idea. It's so satisfying when you can find a good solution with things you've already got. Love those Eureka moments.

Looking forward to seeing some of the results.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Creativity journey indeed! Wonderful idea, Myrna.

Sadami said...

Hi, Myrna,
Merry Xmas & Happy New Year! Wish you a health and a fruitful 2013! Thank you for blogging and sharing wonderful work. I've learned lots from you. You've inspired me so much. I want to challenge new things always. Please keep up and have a safe Holiday season.
Best wishes, Sadami

Bridget Geiger said...

I got a mini for Christmas and I love it also. I am going to hunt around for a case similar to yours, thanks for the idea! said...

Great ideas Myrna, I use my IPad outdoors a lot while I travel. My stylus is a SENSU, which has an actual brush like a small watercolor brush on one end and a rubber nub on the other, I like it a lot!

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