Drypoint is a method of printing where basically you scratch a design into a smooth surface (the printing plate), cover the plate with oil-based ink and wipe it off so ink remains only in the scratched groves, then you apply pressure to squeeze out the ink onto a sheet of paper. Usually a printing press is used because it gives even, strong pressure, but you can try it with a rolling pin from the kitchen or heavy printing roller. Using paper that is slightly
damp can facilitate the printing, but too damp and the ink will spread.
The concept of using a piece of (cheap) cardboard for drypoint etching rather than a (expensive) copper plate caught my attention over on the Acuarela
blog. The quality of the example print shown (see large version
) certainly makes it seem like a technique to try. The disadvantage is, obviously, that the cardboard won't stand up to as many prints, so you'll definitely be producing limited editing prints! Read more...