Drypoint Etching. 10.30 - 4.00 at the studio

Drypoint is an intaglio printmaking method that involves scratching an image into a plate with a pointed tool. These lines create a burr that holds ink and the surface is wiped clean. Intaglio printmaking is the opposite of relief printmaking (such as lino-cuts) as it is the sunken areas of the plate that print rather than the raised areas.

During the workshop you will make a dry point plate by working different mark making tools into silver card to start with  and then onto a piece of perspex  before experimenting with inking and wiping methods to create unique prints.

Drypoint is a great starting point for learning the basics of Intaglio printmaking as it is one of the most direct methods and doesn’t require specialist materials, chemicals and complicated processes.

Two etchings, inked in different colours, from the same plate.