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Some examples of drypoint etchings from my printmaking classes.

Printmaking: Drypoint

As promised, here's more printmaking fun. Drypoing is a process where a design is carved with a thin tool into a plate. Ink is rubbed onto the plate and then wiped clean, leaving little resovoirs of ink pooled in carved areas. Moistened paper is placed over the plate and then they're run through a press to leave the carved design on the paper. It's an easy way to create a plate, but the result is usually fuzzy and it's harder to achieve a lot of the effects that you can get with acid-etched plates.

In my case, my drypoints are made on plastic. They are pretty simple and fun, and good for making nice naturey soft-focus type pictures.

Drypoint print: Poppies

This is one of the first drypoint etchings I made. I found some photos of poppies in a gardening magazine and used them as my model. I put the plastic over the photo and taped it down, and then traced with a drypoint needle over the outlines of the photo.

Drypoint print: Pond

I used a photo I took in Kelowna as the model for this particular print. I also used a sepia ink instead of black.

Drypoint print: Palm Tree

A photo of the view from South Head park here in Sydney was my model for this palm tree in white opaque ink on dark green paper.

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