6 apps to bring out your creative genius.
elcome to the digital age: where you can now paint and draw on your iPhone and iPad more successfully than if you were using paper and pencil. If you're not a millennial, you might remember a time when making music involved actual instruments and playing the acoustic guitar made you a musician and not a hipster. I got a degree in analog (film) photography and resisted the advice to learn about the digital medium back then, but as a professional photographer, I inevitably had to pack away my enlarger and buy the Adobe Creative Suite. While my initial response was to resist the digitization of art, I've learned over the years that technology can aid my creative process, grant me access to a wealth of free knowledge, and save me the tuition of continuing education. Just this month alone, I've learned how to build a DIY dining room table, sew in a zipper, and cast a bowl—and the month's only half over. Another priceless perk of the digital age is that arts and crafters like yourself are trying out every project imaginable and then blogging about their successes and failures, allowing you to benefit from the fruits of their labor and understand the Dos and Don'ts of the project at hand. Of course, there's no substitute for YouTube, Etsy, and Pinterest to guide you on your next creative endeavor, but the following six apps can certainly make your next project easier. (Free) This app features DIY projects in every crafting category you can think of, from woodworking to pet accessories. The projects listed are curated for quality control purposes and offer the option to submit your own projects as well. Craftgawker's layout is simple to use, with a home page that displays a selection of projects and a search bar that lets you find exactly what you're looking for. Each project includes photos, easy-to-follow instructions, and a comments section. You can view a large selection of projects for free, and for $1.99 you gain full access to thousands of projects. Be sure to check out other DIY apps by Gawkerverse as well, such as Dwellinggawker, Foodgawker, and Stylegawker! Snapguide (Free) If you're interested in up-cycling sweatpants into a dog hoodie, this is the app for you. Snapguide is a profile-based app that allows you to post any project you like in a range of different categories, from the Outdoors to Technology. It has endless recipes and arts and crafts as well as life hacks like “How to Become Vegan.” It's a one-stop shop for any how-to guide.