|Just Feel the Sun 4×6 Drypoint with Watercolor on Arches cover paper|
Drypoint Etching from Plexiglass
Here’s a frivolous little twirl from the studio; the image started with a sketchbook doodle (see the bottom of this post) after a rough week a few years ago, talking myself out of the pity party I was having, and remembering all the amazing and wonderful things in my life. Sometimes, I think it’s really as simple as this; stop thinking, breathe deep, and just feel the sun. Gratitude.
What’s a Drypoint?
Drypoint Etching is a form of printmaking that uses a hard plate and incised line work filled with ink to make a print from. Traditionally, drypoint engravings are done on copper plates, or even zinc. In this post, I’ve used a smooth sheet of plexiglass.
A drawing is incised into the plate with a sharp needle. There is no acid bath, as with traditional etching. Since the process depends on the artist simply scribing into the plate material, without added caustic liquids, it’s called a DRYpoint.
After the artist is satisfied with the incised lines of the art on the plate, ink is applied over the entire surface with a dauber, and then it’s wiped off. The upper surface of the plate gets clean of all ink, leaving only the embedded “scratches” from the sharp tool filled with ink.
When damp printmaking paper is pressed hard against the plate on an etching press, the ink laying in the recessed lines transfers to the paper, duplicating the drawing on the plate, in reverse.
Since the last post focused on this same method of printmaking, I thought I’d throw this one out there too, so you can see how versatile it is. Drypoint etching (also called engraving) is suited for almost any style of drawing. Give it a whirl. C’mon now, you *must* have some gestural drawings & watercolor drypoint ideas floating about in your sketchbooks, no?
|After a trip through the press, the print was pulled (an edition of 25).|
|A twisted scribe was used to incise the lines of the drawing. I inked and wiped the plate, and this is what the plate looks like just before printing.|
|I beveled a 4×6 piece of plexiglass and did a drawing with a sharpie marker.|
|The doodle in my sketch book|