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Portrait No.12 – Made with Axidraw, Steadtler Triplus Roller & Processing. Experiment with CMYK colour channels Each colour is drawn in a single, continuous line. . . . . . #axidraw #steadtler #art #plotter #creativecoding #creative #processing #processing3 #p5 #p5js #generativeart #artists #sketch #robot #dibujo #illustration @alexandrashipppp
The book, published by No Starch Press, turned out beautifully. It has good pictures, clear drawings, and bright colors.
It brings a few of our classic projects onto the printed page, including LED-lit Sea Urchins, Electric Origami, the Dark Detecting LED, and Edge-lit Cards. Thank you, John, for letting us be a part of this!
I’ve been meaning to post a review of Tips and Tales from the Workshop by our friend Gareth Branwyn, but every time I start, I get distracted by the book itself. I keep flipping through and learning new things or being reminded of tricks I once knew.
The subtitle A Handy Reference for Makers is spot on. I imagine that if you’ve worked in a particular kind of workshop all of your life, you already know pretty much all the tricks for your field. What’s great about Gareth’s book is that he sought out tips from those life-long workshop inhabitants and shared them with dabblers like me who like to try all the things or who haven’t had the opportunity to spend the years it takes to amass that knowledge.
One of my favorite tips comes just after the forward in the “Tips credits” where Gareth lists people he gleaned these from.
All of these people are amazing makers and almost all of them have websites and YouTube channels. Do a search. Having all of these people on your radar will yield an ongoing and inspired feed of great shop tips, techniques, and project ideas.
I was tickled to see a bunch of friends names in the list (including our very own Windell) but also pleased to see new names to go seek out for inspiration.
As for the book itself, the illustrations are wonderful, and the organization into types of tasks totally makes sense. When a tool is mentioned, the discussion often delves into details of how the tool works and why it’s designed the way it is.
It is all good stuff, including the quality of the book. I love the way a freshly printed book smells, and the paper used for this is a pleasant weight with a smooth, almost glossy finish.
Thank you, Gareth! This book is a gem!
— Mark Kaercher (@shskaercher) June 6, 2018
We’ve seen a bunch of posts about using AxiDraw for fabric lately!
— Dan Anderson (@dandersod) June 10, 2018
— Dan Anderson (@dandersod) June 10, 2018
Fabric makers and sharpies are both making appearances.
— Mark Kaercher (@shskaercher) June 12, 2018
Jonathan sent in pictures of these wooden signs he made with his AxiDraw.
He shared some tips as well:
- Put plastic wrap over the surface to test font, spacing, and size.
- For polyurethane and lacquered finishes, if you make mistake with a permanent marker, write over your mistake with a dry erase marker and it comes right off.
It is awesome to see people taking advantage of AxiDraw’s ability to draw on different surface materials. Thank you, Jonathan!
Matt published an Axidraw vinyl/paper cutter project on hackaday.io. He made a longer barrel for a vinyl cutter blade holder to fix it in his AxiDraw V3/A3 pen holder, and notes the settings he used for successful cutting of cardstock, vinyl, and other materials.
Head over to his Matt published an project page for more details!
For this year’s Bay Area Maker Faire we are excited to be collaborating with Eric Schlaepfer and Ken Shirriff. We’ll be bringing decapped chips like the MOS 6502, the 555 timer and 741 op-amp along with microscopes to let visitors see what’s inside of famous and interesting integrated circuits. We’ll also be bringing large scale reference models, including the MOnSter 6502.
Maker Faire is May 18-20 at the San Mateo Expo Center. If you’re looking for us at Maker Faire, our exhibitor number is 65553 and our project name is Uncovering the Silicon. We look forward to seeing lots of you there!
We’ve written about the Silicon Valley Electronics Flea Market many times before. Make that many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many times before. It’s a great source of inspiration, beautiful objects and interesting conversations.
We’re writing about it now because it has moved locations! The April 14th flea market will be at the parking lot of the Sunnyvale Fry’s. We’ll hope to see you all there this weekend!