A DIY drawing idea from graphic designer Echo Yang: Make art with a wind-up toy. While attending Design Academy Eindhoven, Yang created a series called Autonomous Machines, pattern painting projects implemented with mechanical objects such as a vacuum, a Walkman, a hand mixer, an electric shaver, and more. Our two favorites from this series: TinToy (Chicken), above, and Wind Up Clock.

What autonomous machines do you want to paint with?

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