Drypoint Exploration

Do you enjoy drawing? Come and join me for a super fun workshop scratching and inscribing various plates.

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

Drypoint itself is an acid-free, non-toxic intaglio technique, in which an image is incised into a plate (or matrix) using a sharp or hard-tipped tool, like an etching needle, X-acto knife, wooden sticks, or even nails and tacks.

The plate is inked up like a traditional etching plate, and printed on a printing press, resulting in a beautiful, rich, image with lush plate tone and bold lines.

Over the workshop, we will explore different substrates to create marks and prints from. You can use everything from milk cartons, CDs, ice cream buckets to orange juice containers.

In this course, you’ll learn which materials work best, how to cut and shape plates, how to create areas of continuous tone and fine lines, and best of all, how to ink and print these unique surfaces. 

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 the line, depth, width, and texture of etches, creating a more nuanced texture and depth to printed work.

No experience is necessary and all materials are provided.

Where: Murray Bridge Regional Gallery
27 Sixth Street, Murray Bridge, SA,
When: Saturday 31 August 2024  |   12.30pm – 3.30pm 

Class size is limited to 10 creatives – so get in quick!

Workshop (including materials + notes) fees:
 $95 per person | $89 concession

As a creative, you will enjoy a journey of inky creative smorgasbord treats;

  • What is this thing called Intaglio printmaking?
  • Plate preparation
  • Designing and drawing your image
  • The art of inking and printing your finishing plate
  • Explore different substrates that can form an intaglio block [nothing is safe!]
  • Learn about traditional drypoint methods
  • Experiment with other printmaking tools
  • Experiment with colour
  • Be guided to create a ‘stress-free’ multi-colour print
  • Explore textures and non-traditional mark-making
  • Learn about your tools, papers and inks so you continue with your creative play long after the workshop finishes.

At the end of the session, you will walk away with a full belly of creative goodness, oh and some notes to remind you for next time!


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