Printmaking Blog Post

  • What is your element? Name and atomic number

My element is Selenium. The atomic number is 34.

  • Tell the reader about your element, history, function/use and so on.

Selenium was discovered in 1817. It is a nonmetal element that is used in supplements, dandruff products, and it is also used in glass. Some people have a selenium deficiency, for which they take a selenium pill or supplement.

  • How did you get the idea for the imagery you chose?

Selenium is named after, Selene, the greek goddess of the moon. I chose to make my image the moon, because it was connected while not being too obvious.

  • What process did you go through to make this print?

I designed my idea, and put it on tracing paper. Once it was on the tracing paper I put it on the block using pressure. I then made the prints by rolling on ink and pressing them onto paper using a wooden spoon. I carefully pulled the paper away, let it dry and matted it.

  • What would you do differently if you did this print a second time?

I would make my atomic number and symbol easier to see, as they are a little blurred

  • What part of the project did you enjoy the most? Describe the step and what you liked so much about it.

We had to think of ideas for our print and I really liked making the concept and sketching out my ideas, I really like drawing so it was fun to think of new ideas and hash them out.

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