"Drypoints prints are processed in the same way as etchings, by first inking the plate,
then wiping it clean with scrim. The paper is placed soaked and dampened on top of the plate
and then run through the printing press.“
Drypoint is an intaglio printmaking process, that does not require the use of chemicals. A drypoint is created when the artist scratches the image directly onto the plate, usually a copper sheet, using a needlepoint tool, which creates a burr.
I find that we should not limit ourselves to the tools prescribed for the technique, and that we ought to manipulate images created with whatever we can find around us, for instance, needles and blades from cutters do just fine for incising the burr on the place. Also, it is not necessary to use a metal sheet for drypoint, acrylic sheets do just fine as well, and they are much cheaper too.
The burr will hold a great deal of additional ink when printed which brings out the velvety dark and feathery lines which is very characteristic for drypoint prints.
The main disadvantage of the drypoint technique is that the plates wears out very quickly and cannot survive for more than 8-10 prints. This is because the pressure of the press acting on the plate causes the burr and lines created to wear down .
My choice of material for drypoint prints are the cost effective acrylic sheets, therefore my plates don’t survive for more than 5-7 prints. It is a technique not recommended for edition works, something to bear in mind!
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