Drypoint Printmaking

Drypoint is an intaglio printmaking technique developed in the 15thC. Traditionally it was done by scratching or incising a line into a metal plate, but we will be using clear plastic plates to achieve similar results .You will learn how to transfer a design or drawing on to the plate. The plate is then inked up and carefully wiped before being passed through a press to produce a print. The tutor will also talk briefly about how to produce a limited edition.

The course will include short demonstrations to the group by the tutor when required, with the majority of the course taking the form of practical progress on your own personal project, and individual guidance from the tutor when required

Session 1: After a brief introduction to the art of drypoint, you will learn how to trace your drawing/image (or transfer your design) on to the clear plastic plate and how to get texture and tone with an inscribing tool.

Session 2: After a quick demonstration on how to ink up your plate and wipe the excess ink off it correctly, you will then repeat the process yourselves under supervision. Next, you will be shown how to run the plate through the printing press to achieve your first proof print.
Session 3: Further work can be done to the plate if necessary, before producing more prints or experiments with different colours may be tried. This period is to consolidate what you have learned to produce a satisfactory end print. 

MATERIALS PROVIDED: Clear plastic plates, Caligo Safewash inks, inscribing tools, paper for printing, protective gloves and use of equipment including Printing press.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: Please bring a simple sketch/photo/image to work from no bigger than 14x16cms which is the size of the plate. Any subject may be used, figurative or abstract. It helps to have a mixture of both lines and tones in your chosen image. Aprons are provided, but please feel free to bring your own.

Please bring a packed lunch