Tag Archive: “macbook”

Fabric Marker Face


As long-time followers may know, now and then I draw on my old MacBook with markers. Here’s a recent portrait, drawn finger paint style with a fabric marker. The fabric marker ink behaves curiously on this smooth surface – amenable to smudging or scraping erasure, depending whether it’s wet or dry. The mix of textured shading and inky black blots makes this one of my favorite looks in recent memory.

Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2013.

Computer Art


Posted on Monday, November 19th, 2012.

I painted my laptop keyboard

MacBook with Painted Keyboard

I like it! It’s like operating a computer console from an eighties cartoon.

Reinstalling Keys

I am now intimately familiar with the assembly and installation of the delicate plastic scissor switches that give the MacBook keyboard its delightful clicky feel. Actually, the scissor pieces are surprisingly sturdy. There are five scissor types: large keys (spacebar, shift, etc.), medium keys (control, option, etc.), normal keys (numbers and letters), function keys, and arrow keys.

Tray of Keys

Keys in the paint shop

I’d wanted to repaint my keyboard for some time, but was only inspired to act after reading Josh Carter’s keyboard painting guide, even though there’s not much similarity between his keyboard and mine. I used cheap model paint instead of the Krylon Fusion paint Josh recommends, so we’ll see how long it lasts.

Posted on Sunday, September 12th, 2010.

MacBook Fan

Machine’s fan has occasionally been emitting some unpleasant noises. Fearing a dust buildup that could lead to overheating problems, I took apart the computer and did my best to dislodge and disperse the dust. So far, so good – I don’t think I’d realized how hot and noisy it’d become, because it seems quite cool and quiet now. (Well, relatively speaking; it wouldn’t be a MacBook if you couldn’t flip it over and fry an egg on the bottom.)

MacBook Fan Spritzing Mission

Thanks to iFixIt for the excellent step by step disassembly guide. Without it, I’d probably have removed many screws I didn’t have to remove.

Posted on Thursday, June 24th, 2010.

MacBook Markerboard

It recently occurred to me that the exterior surface of my MacBook is quite similar to the surface of a markerboard. Tonight I purchased a package of small dry-erase markers and put the idea to the test. It works great!

MacBook + Dry Erase Marker

Now I can’t wait to bring my notebook computer to a meeting so I can take notes on its lid.

Posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2008.