Large Format Drypoint Etching

Drypoint etching is one of the oldest printmaking methods. Through the various centuries, the process has remained the same. Without the use of an acid, the image is carved into a plate, or a matrix, with a hard-pointed needle. Traditionally the plate was copper, but presently printmakers use zinc, plexiglas or acetate.

Drypoint etching is a great inexpensive way to make large prints. In this workshop we will be creating large plexi carborundum drypoints ( max size 22” x 30”). Using carborundom and glue we will create tonal areas on our plates that will add to our drypoint marks. We will be making a small print edition from these plates. Depending on the approach, each print can be unique or be part of multiple print edition.

What you will learn:

  • Learn the drypoint etching printmaking method and techniques

  • Learn to make marks with hard-pointed needle and how to best achieve tonal range

  • Learn to work on a large scale, thinking through scale and design, handing oversized paper and plates

  • Make a small edition of your plate and learn about final presentation methods

Required supplies:

  • Large plexi sheets in various sizes(student choice), max 22×30″

  • Etching needle

  • Stonehenge paper 22×30″ ( min. 4 sheets)

  • No need to bring supplies to the first class. We will discuss the supplies during the first class