Drypoint on Plexiglass
Want to know how to make a drypoint on plexiglass? This little drypoint print (above) was an experiment with inexpensive plastic plate material, instead of the traditional copper plates used in drypoint printmaking.
In recent years, I’ve done drypoint etchings and engravings on clear plexiglass plates. The line work can be hard to see while drawing into the plastic with the scribe or needle.
I bought a sheet of opaque black plexiglass on amazon to see if my mark-making would be more evident on the darker acrylic. I scored and snapped the sheet into several pieces to make multiple prints (see that in the video below). It worked!
Drypoint Printmaking on Inexpensive Plexiglass
You can see how to prepare the plate, and make a drypoint print from this inexpensive plexiglass plate in the video tutorial below. All the supplies are listed at the bottom of the post.
There are lots of other watercolor and printmaking experiments on my youtube channel.
Links to Learn More About Drypoint Printmaking
- This post covers drypoint printmaking made from drafting film, or mylar.
- Here is a 3.5 minute overview of a figurative drypoint from a sheet of clear plexiglass.
- Wendy Thompson writes about drypoint printmaking from the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Catherine Brooks from Crown Point Press published a drypoint video excerpt from a DVD on printmaking. This video segment on drypoint uses traditional copper plates, but it’s a great visual on the drypoint printmaking process.
Drypoint Printmaking Tools
If your hands have trouble with gripping narrow tools, or repetitive movements cause pain, you can incise the lines on your plate with an electric Dremel engraving tool like this one.
No Press? No Problem!
Here is an intriguing post by artist Annie Day in Australia, using the pressure in a small, inexpensive die cutting machine to print her drypoints, etchings, linocuts and collagraphs. Check it out here.
Have a look at this post about small printing press alternatives that include pasta makers and embossing machines.
Drypoint Printing for Beginners
There are some workarounds to needing a press for printmaking methods. It’s pretty easy to transfer a relief or block print by hand. Intaglio prints, where you are printing from the recessed area of the plate, is a little tougher.
Hand transfer of drypoint engravings, etchings and intaglio style prints is a lot of work, and a bit fickle in nature. It can be done, but it might be so challenging for beginners that they lose interest.
We all need successes in the studio to stay curious about a new art-endeavor, so be sure to explore the alternatives in the links above, and the archives of this site. Have a look at the process photos, watch the tutorial videos, read about inks and press alternatives, and then give it a try.
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Surely something wonderful is sheltered inside you.
I say this with all confidence, because I happen to believe we are all walking repositories of buried treasure.
I believe this is one of the oldest and most generous tricks the universe plays on us human beings, both for its own amusement and for ours: The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.
The hunt to uncover those jewels – that’s creative living.
The courage to go on that hunt in the first place – that’s what separates a mundane existence from a more enchanted one.Elizabeth Gilbert