Intaglio Drypoint on Plexiglass – Coffee & Roses

Coffee and Roses 5.5×4.25 Drypoint on Gray Rives paper with watercolor

Drypoint Engraving on Plexiglass

This little drypoint engraving was an experiment with materials. In recent years, I’ve done drypoints on clear plexiglass plates, but I have difficulty seeing my line work as I’m drawing with the scribe/needle. I bought a sheet of opaque black plexiglass to see if my mark-making would be more evident on the darker acrylic. You can see a video of the preparation of the plate, and the experiment here on my youtube channel.
Adding watercolor to the drypoint


Pulling a print on my Takach etching press


Using a cork-handled scribe on the black plexiglass to create a drypoint

Etching Press Alternatives

There are workarounds for some printmaking methods (relief/block prints), but not all of them. Hand transfer of drypoint engravings, etchings and intaglio style prints is a lot of work, fickle in nature, and it might be so challenging for beginners that they lose interest in printmaking.  We all need successes in the studio to stay interested in continuing a new art-endeavor. Recently, I saw an intriguing post by artist Annie Day in Australia, using a small, inexpensive XCut Xpress ($150) die cutting machine made by DoCrafts to print her drypoints, etchings, linocuts and collagraphs. Check it out here.
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Art Quote

Oh, what a pity you are not here; what pleasure it would have given you to see Velazquez, who alone is worth the whole journey. The painters of every school who surround him in the Madrid Museum, and who are very well represented, all seem second rate in comparison to him. He is the painter to beat all painters. He didn’t astonish me, he enchanted me. The full-length portrait in the Louvre is not by him, only the authenticity of the Infanta cannot be doubted. There is an enormous picture here, filled with small figures like those in The Cavaliers in the Louvre, but the figures of the women and men in this one are perhaps better, and all of them are perfectly free of retouching. The background – the landscape – is by a pupil of Velazquez.
The most astonishing work in this splendid collection, and perhaps the most astonishing piece of painting that has ever been done, is the one entitled in the catalogue Portrait of a Celebrated Actor in the Time of Philip IV. The background fades into nothing; the old boy all in black, so olive, seems to be surrounded by air. And, ah, The Spinners; and the beautiful portrait of Alonzo Cano; and Las Meninas – another extraordinary picture! The philosophers – what astonishing works! And all the dwarfs too! – one in particular, seated full face with his hands on his hips; a painting for the real connoisseur. And his magnificent portraits! – one would have to include the lot; they are all masterpieces.
~Edouard Manet – in a letter to Fantin-Latour – while in Madrid in 1865, where he went to change his “ideas” after getting attacked by the critics when he exhibited Olympia at the Salon earlier that year.


6 Responses to Intaglio Drypoint on Plexiglass – Coffee & Roses

  1. Belinda Del Pesco April 3, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    @John, Thanks for the nice note. If you try using the black plexi, post it to your blog so we can see! 🙂

  2. John Brisson April 2, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    I love the idea of using black so you can see the detail so much better.

  3. Belinda Del Pesco April 1, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    @barbara – thanks for stopping by. I’ve totally enjoyed the progress on your portrait painting this month, and I send you springtime hugs long distance!

  4. Belinda Del Pesco April 1, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    @Sue, thanks for the compliment!

  5. Barbara Muir April 1, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    Love the effect of this. Magnificent. Great quote and video.

    You are awesome.

    XOXOXOXO Barbara

  6. Sue Marrazzo March 31, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

    AHHH…How pretty!

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