Today I started on a new drypoint print. Drypoint is a type of intaglio, or etching, printmaking, so called because it doesn’t involve the acid that other forms of intaglio do. In a drypoint print, you use a stylus to etch into a metal or plexiglass plate–ink is pressed into the etched lines, and the print is pulled from there.
So using a stylus is fun and all, but you know what’s way more fun? Using a rotary tool to whale on some plexiglass. VROOM VROOM.
Here’s the sketch I started with. The plexi I’m using is clear, so I just lay it over the drawing, tape it in place, and go to town on it.