A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Join us for fun, contests and discussions on Craftster's Facebook page!
Total Members: 295,115
Currently Running With Scissors:
505 Guests and 11 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Portrait of an Astronomer: Henrietta Swan Leavitt  (Read 770 times)
Tags for this thread: printmaking , linocut  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
minouette
« on: April 20, 2010 12:11:33 PM »



This is a portrait of Henrietta Swan Leavitt (July 4, 1868 December 12, 1921) who discovered that luminosity is proportional to period for Cepheid variable stars, allowing astronomers to determine the distance scale for celestial objects! This revolutionized modern astronomy, though she received little recognition at the time (more info on history of science stuff on my blog http://minouette.livejournal.com/393339.html).



To make this image, I carved the portrait and luminosity function (oscillating line with 'L' and solar symbol - circle with a dot, time t and arrows) in reverse, on one lino block. I mixed silver and violet water-based block printing ink to get the colour. The constellations (Cepheus, Cassiopeia, Draco, Ursa Minor and Andromeda) I carved  in reverse on a second lino block and mixed gold and white inks. I did some experimenting on the registration - how the two images would line up. I printed several proofs. When I was satisfied, I first printed the stars on 6 sheets of Japanese kozo (or mulberry) paper, and let that dry. Then I printed the portrait on top. I do this by hand with a baren - a flat disk printmaking tool (but you can use a wooden spoon to burnish the paper onto the inked lino block). The sheets are 10 inches by 12.5 inches (25.4 cm by 31.8 cm).

I hope you like it.  Grin
THIS ROCKS   Logged

I opened an Etsy shop! Come visit http://minouette.etsy.com

(I have a wist too: http://minouette.wists.com)
pinokeeo
Offline Offline

Posts: 7601
Joined: 08-Mar-2007

This is a new twist


View Profile WWW
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2010 01:05:27 PM »

Oh, this is sooooo awesome!  I was just reading about Henrietta a few days ago, and here she is.

Thanks for explaining your techniques.  This is truly wonderful.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

http://PiNOKEEOs.artfire.com

50 projects for 2014--1/50
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430313.msg5136721#msg5136721
This may not happen, since I have had major surgery on my shoulder.
minouette
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2010 01:35:11 PM »

Thanks very much pinokeeo! What a great coincidence.
Explaining technique is what craftster is all about right?  Grin
THIS ROCKS   Logged

I opened an Etsy shop! Come visit http://minouette.etsy.com

(I have a wist too: http://minouette.wists.com)
pinokeeo
Offline Offline

Posts: 7601
Joined: 08-Mar-2007

This is a new twist


View Profile WWW
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2010 08:00:26 PM »

Right!!! Cheesy
THIS ROCKS   Logged

http://PiNOKEEOs.artfire.com

50 projects for 2014--1/50
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430313.msg5136721#msg5136721
This may not happen, since I have had major surgery on my shoulder.
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
Learn to Twist Hair
Learn how to Cornrow Hair - Finishing the Style
Learn how to Cornrow Hair - Overhand Cornrow
Learn how to Cornrow Hair - Invert Cornrow
Learn how to Cornrow Hair - Sectioning and Planning the Style
Latest Blog Articles
@Home This Weekend: Fairy Garden
CrafTATstic Crafty Tattoos: 30th Birthday Tattoo
April 17, 2014 Featured Projects

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.