Use It or Lose It

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“Use it or Lose It” – a cliché that people throw around all the time, so most of us just ignore it.  The thing about clichés, though, is that they become clichés because they’re true.

Today people use their brains less.  How long has it been since you memorized a phone number? You don’t really need to, since all the numbers you need are in your smartphone.  Do you even remember your own phone number?  What about your spouse’s or kids’ numbers?  I can still tell you my previous three landline numbers, even though I haven’t used them in over 20 years.

I’ve noticed this lately because I’ve been spending more time on the computer and so I need to keep more passwords in my memory banks.  I don’t trust those password sites that say they will remember your passwords for you.  I’m sure they will, but I also know that everything can be hacked, so I’d prefer to not have every single one of my passwords stored in one place.

What I’ve noticed is that I CAN actually remember lots of passwords – if I use them on a regular basis.  In a day, I probably use between 20-25 passwords for various websites and apps.  That sounds like a lot, but it’s probably less than a lot of people use, because I assume I use fewer apps than most.

So one of my goals for this year is to spend more time working out my brain – whether it’s memorizing passwords, reading, or whatever – I’m gonna use it so I don’t lose it!

iColorama App

One of the blogs I read uses the iColorama app for digital art.  It looked intriguing and it wasn’t expensive ($3.99 if I remember correctly), so I bought it.  It’s not exactly what I thought it would be and it’s gonna take some time to learn it, but I can’t wait to play around with it.

My Procreate app is more like a scaled-down version of Photoshop for my iPad.  It uses layers like PS, it has a lot of the same filters and options as PS, and it works really well on my iPad, so it’s easy to take my drawing on the go with me.

iColorama doesn’t use layers, but it does have a lot of options for textures, filters, and the like.  I’m still figuring out how it works (hello, YouTube tutorials), but I’ve had fun just experimenting with some of the easy stuff.

(Side note – the iColorama app is the one you want for the iPad.  There is an iColorama S version out there that appears to be for your iPhone – make sure you’re getting the correct one for what you want!)

I tried out coloring one of my mandalas digitally with Procreate, but I wanted to see what I could do with the iColorama app.  Granted, I haven’t had much time at all to play with it, so I really just played with a couple of filters and textures, but it looks like a tool I will definitely use more once I understand how it works. 😀

So I took my Mandala 6 over into iColorama.  Here’s what I ended up with:

IColorama Paper MandalaIt’s the colored mandala I made in Procreate, but I added a texture filter in iColorama to make it look like this was colored/inked/painted on paper.  Pretty cool! Like I said, I still need to spend some time learning how to use iColorama, but I’m excited to have another tool in my box to use when I create.