The drypoint etching process uses an drypoint acrylic plate on which I scratch an image using a sharp tool. Varying pressure is applied depending on whether I need lines to be thick or very fine.
Because the acetate is transparent it is also possible to trace an image directly through it. This can be useful on some of my printmaking workshops as it means that students don’t have to have prior artistic experience in order to use this technique as they can simply trace reference material.
Ink is then applied to the plate using a roller and then carefully rubbed off using a clother in gentle circular motion. Ink will remain in the areas where I have scratched the plate and more ink will remain the deeper the scratches. I can also leave ink intentionally on other areas of the plate to create a cloudy / moody atmosphere around my subject matter.
Finally the inked plate is placed on my etching place ink side up and a piece of paper placed on top of it. I then roll my press across it to apply firm even pressure then when I roll the press back and remove the paper I will see a completed image like this one here which a student produced on one of my printmaking workshops.