Thisissand 9+

Art, Creativity & Relaxation

Beige Elephant

Designed for iPad

    • 4.5 • 1.1K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Thisissand is an app for making and sharing pictures out of sand.

Watch and listen to the sand piling into beautiful layers of sand on the bottom of your screen and get relaxed during the slow and therapeutic process. Once finished, share your creation and become a part of the community!

• Free to download and free to play
• Does not display ads
• Offers you to sign-up, but does not require you to
• Offers you to purchase a Toolkit of special features, but does not require you to

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Thisissand was created in 2008 as a website. It was a school project of a few art students, and to a surprise for the creators it attracted lots of visitors for years to come. In 2012 Thisissand was developed into an app and is still run by an original founder.

Thisissand offers different kinds of tools for choosing the sand color. Originally and still at the moment on Thisissand website, only the essential Color Palette tool is available. For the app, we have developed a few special kinds of tools which we offer in the Toolkit in-app purchase. Just like on the website, the special tools are not at all necessary to enjoy the app, but they're pretty cool and we're happy and thankful for your support if you're willing to try them out!

COLOR PALETTE: Use Color Palette to choose specific colors from a vast swatch of colors. You may choose a solid color, or multiple colors to variate between. Use the intensity slider to adjust how fast the colors change. You may also use the randomize button to get surprising color combos.

COLOR SHIFTER: Color Shifter continuously changes the sand color subtly or dramatically depending on the intensity slider adjustment. Color Shifter often produces rainbow like hues. To set the initial Color Shifter color, choose a color with Color Palette and then select the Color Shifter tool.

COLOR PICKER: With Color Picker, you may pick the sand color from around you using your device camera. It takes a little practice to point your camera and draw at the same time, but in return you get truly unique colors. Try adjusting the color change intensity low in the beginning to keep things under control!

PHOTO SAND: Want to try making a sand version of one of your photos? Photo Sand picks the sand color directly from the photo you've chosen from your camera roll. Try it out and learn the tricks to make abstract and/or photorealistic representations!

MY COLORS: Save your favorite colors in My Colors and access them quickly by long pressing the color button on the sand canvas. Try saving colors from around with Color Picker!

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We highly value your feedback and questions. Ideas and feature requests for example are warmly welcome, even though with our scarce resources we're unfortunately not able to fulfil them very quickly. So please do send us email if you're having trouble with the app or if you have anything else to share with us, thank you! :)

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What’s New

Version 2.4.5

• Performance improvements
• Bugfixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

The beauty of having a mind ,

Laid-back creativity

I’ve been using this app for a couple years. It’s a great way to clear your mind and have fun at the same time. Soothing.

The basic version is fine. No ads or anything. But it’s totally worth spending the two bucks to upgrade for better features. That way you can save color themes and change the quality of the sand. Plus you can import your own images to combine with sand. Really cool.

There’s not a real social aspect, in that you can’t comment on other peoples art. But you can comment on your own art, then share, and hope that they see it (if you want). Some people try to chat that way. I mostly don’t. You can share or not share your work. You can heart other peoples art, and those with the most number of likes (hearts) get into the top pieces for the day.
It’s fun for all ages. All skill levels. There’s no right or wrong - just create! So cool.

One drawback though - lately the app has been messing up for a couple-few days at a time, where you can’t like other peoples art. Since yesterday I haven’t been able to share mine. I worked hard on a cool B&W piece for a contest that someone started, but cannot share. : / …bummer.
The good news is, I can close out of the app and don’t lose my work. I just can’t play until I’m able to share this one, or delete it - which I won’t do.

Any way, just get it. It’s a really nice way to relax. 👍

clayd is my name on this app ,

I enjoy this app a lot!

This is a really fun and entertaining app to have. Also super calming and relaxing app! It’s really cool making different things in the sand. It’s a challenge sometimes when you want to make cool things but this is good it makes you never get bored of the app. I love seeing other people’s art and seeing what they can do. I really do like this app but there’s some things that could make it way better. First I would love if you write comments on the art and suggest things to them and give them complements but for what ever reason you can’t. Second there’s a small glitch that makes me really mad so what happens is if you hold the sand for a long time and go up and down the painting after you stop it keeps going and messes up your hole painting. I believe this could be really easy to fix. Third is there needs to be a way of erasing the sand you put down. This bothers me the most because if you mess up or the glitch I was saying happened then you have to restart. This would be very easy to add in so I hope that you would please add something like this in it would make the app way better. Thanks for reading bye...............

jvicidinero ,

Great stress reliever

This app is a hidden gem, I love the way you can share your creations and everyone makes it on the popular page often, makes you not feel left out like on ig. I’ve paid for the extras on my Samsung and iPhone, unfortunately I’ve had to pay a 3rd time for some reason but It’s not expensive and the color saver makes it worth it! Just wish I could save more than the allowed amount because there are just so many combinations. I really wish I knew how to get the photos to look good using the photos sand option.
Everything in this app is great besides the lack of a undo button which would help when you mess up such a good piece and also the issue with not being able to use my iPhone flashlight if the app is open !! Another thing, lately I haven’t been able to post anything and am getting an connection error/connect to network even though I am so I’ve had to just give up a good piece to start another.

This app helps with my anxiety and allows me to be artistic without the stress of not getting another project done so thank you for making this app!

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