Element Print - Strontium
My element is Strontium which has the atomic symbol of Sr and has the atomic number 38. It was discovered in 1970 by Adair Crawford accidentally. He even confused it with barium and left it be for 20 years. He later went back in 1810 and found that it was different than Barium and declared that he had found a new element. Strontium is mostly used in fireworks and is a substitute for calcium. Strontium is important because you get double the nutrients from meats and milk because they have more strontium than calcium. My idea came from the most popular use of strontium which is in fireworks. When it reacts with zinc, it causes it to change to red creating the red firework effect. To create this print, I drew my drawing in my notebook and wrote the letters and numbers backwards so they would be printed upright at the end. I then traced it on trace paper. I used a popsicle stick to press the artwork on the tracing paper onto the printing plate. Then I painted the plate over, placed another piece of paper on top, and pressed down with the back of a spoon to make it stick. If I could do this project again, I would have practiced printing on prototypes so that I wouldn't make a mistake with my final print. My favorite part of this project was spending time in Ms. Hull's classroom AND printing onto my plate.
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