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Auryn Ink

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Auryn Ink is the best watercolor app on iPad.

Here are some of the recent reviews from Auryn Ink users

"As a water colorist, I can say Auryn Ink is the closest thing to real watercolor there is: better than Paper, Procreate, Artstudio, Sketchbook Pro, on and on I've tried all the ones recommended in blogs/articles. - Jeanie Egolf"

"This is a Bee-you-tee-full app. And it gets better and better. It's simple - I love it! It's simple to use, the colors are beautiful, it's easy to learn, and more. Thank you. Five Stars here! - Marezeedotes"

"What a fantastic product!! Easy to learn, very intuitive for a water colorist, lots of fun, quick and exciting results.....and all for the price of an energy bar. A beautiful, well thought out piece of application software for real can tell I like it- BadMonet"

Auryn Ink (pronounced "orin"), creates authentic watercolor simulation, where the colors flow into each other and dries overtime, settling down in the grooves of the "paper". Based on the tilt of your iPad, colors run down the surface, mix and spread out to create darker edges. Auryn Ink's features provide everything a watercolorist needs to create and share beautiful works of art on the iPad. Now you can generate complete paintings with the touch of a finger (or brush or stylus) anytime, anywhere!

Key features:

• Choice of paper that affects pigment deposit and water-flow effects.

• Brushstroke pressure effects controlled via the speed of the stroke gestures.

• Brush tip control over size, bristle texture, and head profile shape.

• Control over the amount of color and water on the brush.

• Simulation of realistic pigment colors achieved by combining an underlying palette of physically modeled primary pigments.

• Ability to allows paint to flow and then "air dry" gradually, or forced into drying instantaneously, as well as being able to be "fixed" to the canvas, to enable glazing effects.

• Ability to lift color with water alone, as well as create realistic back-run and edge darkening effects.

Users from around the globe:

“just brilliant” -- UK

"The most realistic water colour art app I've ever seen! You paint a stroke on the canvas and watch it animate and dry into the canvas/paper. Blends colours together beautifully!" -- Australia

"Merveilleuse app qui reproduit vraiment bien le rendu aquarelle, avec la possibilité de gérer l'humidité et la secheresse à la fois du pinceau mais aussi du papier." -- France

"I like watercolours and this app made a great opportunity to keep it with me on my way. It is very realistic and quite convenient." -- Russia


"There are painting apps for the iPad, and then there's Auryn Ink." - Fast Company

"The intuitive and easy to navigate Auryn Ink supports the creative urge of the artists by allowing them to create paintings with the touch of a finger anywhere at any time." - TMCnet

"Auryn Ink does a great job of simulating watercolor on paper and is a fun way to quickly experiment with various colors, brushes and more." - Today in Art

"Once you feel the canvas absorbing your paint, actually sucking it into the porous fabric, you will understand why this app shines." - SAHGeekMom

"There are a multitude of options artists can utilize that will bring this experience as close to really painting with watercolors that one can get without paints and paper, my favorites being how the colors blend and overlap like one would find while working with water colors, as well as how gravity affects the paint, having it run if the iPad is tilted." - Giggle Apps

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What's New in Version 2.0.8

Fixed the undo issue seen on some devices


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Customer Reviews

++ Art Painter and Customer Service

I enjoy painting with this app so much! It truly looks like water colors and the brush strokes are incredible. It's all very simple.
I had a question about saving my work. Their app was working perfectly. I missed a step and their customer service was quite patient while emailing back and forth trying to diagnose the issue. It wasn't their problem, it was mine and I must say they were VERY HELPFUL.
Auryn App! Thank you for the excellent communication and the entertaining app. I can't wait to have my paintings printed and framed. :)

Not Bad But...

Liking the app not bad there is a learning curve to using it. Also no Apple Pencil support. Please fix like to use with Apple Pencil.

Maybe I’m missing something...

I own just about every worthwhile app out there for both my Macbook and my iPad Pro. Photoshop CC with custom brushes by premium vendors; Corel Painter; Manga Studio 5 and the intriguing watercolor simulator Rebelle. On my iPad I use Procreate, Pencil and Adobe Sketch (amongst others).

Maybe I’m missing something but I don’t think so. Auryn's sample artwork intrigued me and a couple of the user reviews seemed to bode well for my purchase. But once I tried it, it felt so difficult to manipulate the wet and dry and fixed aspects of their watercolor engine. I’ve read the meager startup tutorial images multiple times, but I still do not get the hang of it.

My advice? Get Astropad and use Rebelle or Photoshop with custom watercolor brushes. But for native iPad possibilities, I have yet to find a watercolor option that satisfies.

Update Jane 25, 2016

Upped the rating to a 3. Would give it a half star more if I could.

1. Finally stumbled onto an unofficial overview video on YouTube and now understand the 3 layers within a single layer approach. Still confusing and it’s hard to actually see much difference between the wet and partially dry layer effects.

2. I like approach of the Rebelle app much more… you paint on a layer and then have the ability to wet it further or fully dry it.

3. Having said that, the watercolor effect in Auryn is actually intriguing… if you can actually learn to accurately skillfully use and manipulate the effect.