Drypoint Etching

Drypoint etching is a wonderful technique for anyone who likes to draw and wants to explore some printmaking. Drypoint is an intaglio printmaking process easy to master and practiced since the 15th century. An image is incised/scratched directly into a plate using an etching needle. Working on a clear plastic plate allows the artist to work from drawings or collages they may already have. The printed lines of a drypoint have a characteristically soft dense quality unique to the process. The image can be printed in a series, allowing for a variety of finished one-of-a-kind prints, or an edition of nearly identical images can be created. The wiping of the plate just before printing allows for manipulation of tone, image, and atmosphere. In this workshop we will explore the use of different kinds of plates as well as traditional and experimental approaches to printing them.