Drypoint is an intaglio process, similar to etching, but without the use of acids. The printmaker scratches directly onto a Copper Plate or Plastic Plate with a sharp pointed tool such as a drypoint scribe or roulette. This incising creates a burr that holds the ink. A velvety dark line is characteristic of drypoint prints. Drypoint plates are printed in the same way as etchings. First ink is applied to the plate then wiped clean with a wiping cloth such Akua Wiping Fabric.
Watch video demo Susan Rostow creates plate and prints with an etching press and PinPress
Watch video Demo Susan Rostow prints drypoint image created by Hugh Bryden on Blick press.
Artist, Jeffrey K. Fisher
artist: Julia Ayres
This Drypoint Monoprint by Julia Ayres was printed from a Plastic Plate and Hand Printed with Akua Liquid Pigment using the PinPress. After developing the drypoint plate, Julia applied Akua Liquid Pigment with a dauber.To keep the color in the incised lines she wiped with paper. The print was made on moist Arches 88 paper by hand rolling with a Pinpress. Julia Ayres pushed the possibility to the limits by printing this plate with Akua Liquid Pigment by hand. Akua Intaglio inks are usually recommended because they release from plate to paper more readily when printing by hand.
Copper drypoint plate by Chris Shore.
Artist Chris Shore
Drypoint from copper plate printed with Akua Intaglio ink on an etching press.