Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Lutetium Element print complete

I produced this print for the Printmakers Element Print Project:

The print image definitely looks toxic :) -- Lutetium element is used in catalyst cracking in petroleum refineries. The smoke coming from the stack is a molecular model of a catalyst. I used silver metallic ink and fine mica powder to simulate the color and appearance of Lutetium and to emphasize the toxic environmental pollution caused by refineries.

Title: Lutetium
One Block: All Shina printers plywood
Paper: Japanese made white Shin-Torinoko
2 Waterbased Inks: -Black- Neri-Zumi Sumi Concentrate Paste
-Silver Metallic
Fine Mica Powder mixed into the silver ink.
Hand printed with a Murasaki Baren.
Edition: 4 prints.

Although this print isn't my usual poem-print it still incorporates lettering. I enjoyed researching and producing it and being a part of this great project.

2 comments: said...

Hi Bette,
I'm in visit here :) How beautiful are the things you make by your hands! I think this Japanese technique is unique in our modern world.
When I saw this one I thought: may it be dedicated to Paris? Because you know, Lutetia was an ancient name of this French city. Then I saw "element" haha!:) what a disappointment:) But if you wish one day to create another woodblock, LUTETIA...just a suggestion:)))

Bette Norcross Wappner -- said...

Hello valeria,
thank you for your comment! I'm glad you enjoyed seeing my moku hanga woodblock prints. When I did the research on this print I did learn a bit about your Lutetia city. It is a beautiful name :)