Friday, March 13, 2015

Ada’s Technical Books & Café

3/13/15 DeAtramentis Document Brown and Diamine
Grey inks, Zig markers, watercolor, Caran d'Ache Museum
water-soluble colored pencils, Canson XL 140 lb. paper
“For the cravings of the technical mind.”

That’s the slogan at Ada’s Technical Books & Café on Capitol Hill. With a focus on math, engineering and science, the shop is decorated with things like slide rules, compasses and other geeky delights.

My mind is about as technical as a blueberry scone, which, after greeting the other Friday sketchers inside the café, I took outside to the porch facing 15th Avenue East. Enjoying my coffee and snack in the mild temperature, I spotted a bright yellow pedestrian crossing sign that had been doctored with a sticker. Only in Seattle!

After that sketch, I went inside to the very back of Ada’s, where a small library-like room looks out on the café counter, bookcases, high ceiling and polished wood floors. Ada’s is a fun, eclectic place even if you don’t have a technical mind.

3/13/15 DeAtramentis Document Brown
and Diamine Grey inks, Museum pencils


  1. Love how you did the reflective surface of the car with the gray ink!! Super job!

  2. Love the sketches and I'm sure I would love the place.


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