8.20.2013

Giveaway: Windows 8 PC & Fresh Paint App #WindowsChampions #Sponsored

Being a teacher, I like to be creative. I enjoy my job so much and really wouldn't trade it for anything. One of the subjects I get to teach my students is art. I taught at an arts-focused school for two years and loved everything about it. Now that I'm at an entrepreneurial-focused school, I have to get creative with my art lessons since I purchase all of the art supplies myself.

I love paint, but don't have any at home, where I do most of my planning. Since receiving my Microsoft Windows 8 Surface last year, I've been playing with the Fresh Paint app a lot to try out art projects without getting messy. While there's no true comparison to actually using real paint, Fresh Paint is an awesome way for me to try out different techniques quickly {and cleanly}.

I was sent a Nomad FLeX digital paintbrush to try out with the Fresh Paint app. It feels just like a regular paintbrush and magically works on any touchscreen device in the same way. I was able to easily transform an art project I found on Pinterest into my own creation, right in the comfort of my home - while sitting on my light tan couch, watching TV. Nothing to worry about, just stress releasing technological painting.



While experimenting with the digital paintbrush, I realized what an amazing app Fresh Paint is. How cool is it that you could easily take a Windows 8 phone or tablet with you for your kids to sit and paint in the car or at the doctor's office? They can use their fingers or a digital paintbrush. The app has templates that look like coloring pages for kids to use, too. Some are free, and others cost a few dollars.



My actual artwork - the texture is hard to see here since I had to shrink it for the post, but it looks great.


One of the coolest features in the Fresh Paint app is the ability to take a photograph and turn it into "wet paint". I was able to take a picture of a flower that I took while in Pennsylvania last month and turn it into a painting by simply using the digital paintbrush to "wet" the colors. Kids could really have a lot of fun with this, turning pictures of a family pet into a painted masterpiece.

Here's my wet paint flower...





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Disclosure: I am a Windows Champions blogger and I received loan of a laptop and may receive other equipment from Microsoft to assist me in evaluating Microsoft products and services for my blogging activity. I received one digital paintbrush to facilitate this review.

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73 comments:

  1. I would use the Fresh Paint app to let my teen daughter paint whenever and wherever!

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  2. I would use the fresh paint app for my two year old son! He loves to finger paint and I know he will enjoy this!

    Kforgas@gmail.com

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  3. I would use the Fresh Paint app to make some new creations to decorate my apartment and to set up an etsy shop for painted prints!

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  4. What a great opportunity to win - I would use the fresh paint app with my teenage sons to continue our love of art & continue to "bond"

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  5. My daughters love painting and would love this!

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  6. What an amazing giveaway! I would use the app with my 18 month old daughter. She loves to paint and is obsessed with touch screens. She will LOVE this!!

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  7. I do a lot of sewing and think using the Fresh Paint app would be a fun and convenient way to create and keep track of all of my sketches!

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  8. I would use the Fresh Paint app with my students who are on the ASD spectrum who refuse to do art because of sensory issues.

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  9. I would love using the Fresh Paint app to help design the new artwork I'd like in my living room. My husband is an artist and I know that he would LOVE using this app with the brush!!!

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  10. I'd use the Fresh Paint to create new artwork for my upstairs hallway and bathrooms. I'd also love to let my daughter (1) experiment with paint without the accompanying mess!

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  11. I would use to the app to make paintings.

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  12. I would use it to make art and paint pictures

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  13. I'd use the Fresh Paint app to try to make some art for my bedroom walls.

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  14. I would use it to let my dd be more artistic.
    she has so many creative juices flowing...
    kayleefaith1228@aol.com

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  15. I would use it to entertain my granddaughter this winter. I babysit her daily while her parents teach chemistry. I would also use it myself for some art projects I would like to do.

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  16. I would use it to create new artwork for our home and let my son play around without the mess!

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  17. I would use it to let my kids go to town and create whatever their minds invented!

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  18. This would keep my son busy and no clean up for me.

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  19. Well I know first of all my kids would LOVE it and I would too, because there is NO MESS! But, I think I would love to try it too...it would be a stress reducer for sure!

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  20. I absolutely love this app. I'd love to use it on a touch device.

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  21. I'll use the app to improve my drawing skills and learn more about digital drawing.

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  22. I would love the fresh paint app for my almost 5 year old daughter! Shes an artist!

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  23. I would use the fresh paint app for creating digital collages (my hobby.)

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  24. I would love to use the fresh paint app with my photography.

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  25. I would use the app to let me children express themselfes without making a huge mess that i have to clean up. =)

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  26. As an artist I would use it to paint portraits and have everyone who loves painting be able to create as well.

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  27. I would use the Fresh Paint to practice my painting as an aspiring artist in college. It would DEFINITELY save me a lot of money and it would help me figure out if I want to major in art!

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  28. I am a counselor. I would use the Fresh Paint app for art therapy activities with my clients. My sessions are held in the home, so this app will be perfect for travel plus no mess!

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  29. I'd love to use the Fresh Paint to be able to digitally draw and share my work.

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  30. I would use the Fresh Paint app for all my art work. What a wonderful app for art projects. Grebien19@gmail.com

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  32. I am the ELA junior high teacher at my school, but the art teacher is always joking that I am after her job because of all the fun projects I do with my kids. I would use this as a visual tool on my SmartBoard so that the whole class could see the example well, rather than just the first few roles of students. My email is jsportd@gmail.com. =)

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  33. Lol. I'd probably have to fight my kids to use it. :-)

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  34. I would use it for all kinds of fun pics on my blog.
    Thanks so much for the giveaway.

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  35. I love to play with photographs! I used to put my husbands head on Barbie doll bodies and post them at work....lol - He had a new gown every week, lol. But seriously, I am not a great artist and having a app like that can make everyone a artist! Thanks, Mary

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  36. I would use it in my classroom as a reward for my students.

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  37. I would have so much fun with my grandkids... and who knows all the things we could come up with!

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  38. I have this app on my Windows Phone and I really like the photo to wet paint application. I would try to use it to customize more photos into art for the home. Also, my 3 year old can be kept busy with this!

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  39. I'll use the app to improve my drawing skills and to inspire more when im painting

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  40. How awesome. I would use it for art projects for the nanny kids. We don't always have enough time for the actual paint and cleanup, so this would be great.

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  41. Very cool! Even the most creatively-challenged (me ;-)) could make something fabulous.

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  42. I would use this to let my kids explore their artistic talents without all of the mess :) Looks amazing.

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  43. This would be great to see how creative my kids can be ... without the mess for a busy mom to clean up!

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  44. I would like to use it to create my own home screen graphic for a business I am starting up in the near future. It will allow me to have some originality in the graphic.

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  45. I would use the Fresh Paint app for my DIY projects.

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  46. I would use it for my own projects around my house and also to help teach my two year old son his colors. I love that he could "paint" without all the mess that is usually associated with a two year old boy!! Thank you for this giveaway!!

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  47. I would use the fresh paint app to keep the kids in my preschool entertained!

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  48. I would use it in my childcare to help the children learn colors and letters and so much more
    Thanks for the opportunity to win

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  49. My daughter would paint cute things with the fresh paint app. She is very into art.

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  50. I would use the fresh paint app to create my own art to help make my house a home!

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  51. I could use it to teach my daughter the importance of being creative - Louly

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  52. I'd let my crafty daughter try it out first!

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  53. I'd really like to try out this way of painting, it is more portable than actual painting!

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  54. My kids LOVE to paint. I think this would be a great opportunity for them to see what they painted before they put it on paper. It would save us a ton of paint and paper lol!!

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  55. I would use it to doodle and practice drawing owls , pandas and cockatiels

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  56. I would use it to paint with my best friend!

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  57. i would teach my son how to paint with it. he loves cars so maybe the first drawing would be of a car.
    amandahoffman35@yahoo.com

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  58. I would use it to make clip art and designs for my digital scrapbooking!

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  59. I would use the paint app to paint my the nature I seen in everyday. Relaxing. I would let my ten and four year old daughters try it out too.

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  60. I would make small modern brushstroke prints to frame in my boutique!

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  61. I've always wanted to try painting, I'd use this in place of all those supplies!

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  62. I am homeschooling my preschooler right now while we explore our options for his sensory problems, and I think this paintbrush would allow him to paint without the mess that causes him to have meltdowns!

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  63. I would love this app! I would use it to transform my photography into artwork. I would also use it to paint on the go (I'm always on the go!). I love capturing memories of my travels, and I think painting them right then and there would be magical!

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  64. I am an Art Education Major and would definitely use this in my future classroom!

    amandarobbins0325@gmail.com

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  65. Very cool! Mess free painting for my kids!

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  66. I would use to the app to make paintings.

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  67. I currently use the FreshPaint app to doodle. It would be cool to have a brush to do my doodles.

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  68. I would use it to brush up on my painting skills.

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  69. I would use it to sketch up some more speaker designs!

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  70. I would use Fresh Paint to relax.

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  71. I would use it to have some fun creating art with my boys angelgenius27(at)yahoo(dot)com

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