Drypoint with an acrylic plate

Learn how to plan, inscribe and print a drypoint in an etching press.

In this entry level printmaking course, learn the technique of Drypoint Etching. Drypoint utilises a hard needle to ‘scratch’ a design into a base plate, similar to engraving. 

The design on the plate is then inked and printed using an intaglio technique. Unlike relief printing where a carved plate is inked like a stamp to create a print, intaglio prints are created by inking the whole carved plate then wiping the very top layer, leaving ink only in the incisions of the plate. A print is then created by applying heavy pressure on the paper over the plate.

Over the individual session, students will practice the drypoint etching technique on plastic plates.

If you choose to book all the sessions we can further explore the creative printing process with additional techniques such as mono prints, hand colouring, collagraphs and two plate prints.

I will teach you core printmaking skills including:

  • Understanding the different tools, paper types, and printing inks
  • Draw and transfer a design onto the plate surface
  • Etching the image into the plate using a hard needle
  • Inking and wiping the plate and registering the plate in the press
  • Practicing and perfecting the printing process to produce a limited edition print

Drypoint Etching will suit those who enjoy drawing, design and illustration and are looking to extend their hand drawing skills into print. Unlike linocut and relief printing techniques, etching allows more control over line, depth, width and texture of etches, creating a more nuanced texture and depth to printed work.

No experience necessary and all materials provided.

Where: Campbelltown Arthouse
168 Montacute Rd, Rostrevor

Saturday 2pm – 4.30pm
September 4

Workshop (including materials) Fees:
Single Class pass: $70.00 per person plus booking fees
Two Class pass: $60.00 per person each session plus booking fees

Light refreshments will be available.

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