Printing Methods

Drypoint

Drypoint is a simple and direct way to make an intaglio print. The idea is to scratch the surface of the plate with a sharp point. If aluminium is used the lines made will make a metal burr and it is this that holds the ink. Marks can be made with a point, spiked wheel, special roulette which makes wonderful textures, abrasive papers. The character of an aluminium drypoint is a softer velvety quality of line rather than the sharp detail achievable with the etched image.

The materials needed are aluminium plate, mark making tools, printing inks, wiping materials and the use of an etching press. The quality of the line can be varied by changing the pressure and angle of the tool used. Cross hatching will give dark images and deeper lines will print darker than light ones.