Drypoint Etching with Ben Dize
July 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Learn and practice one of the oldest forms of printmaking, invented in the 15th century by German author Housebrook Master. Make one of a kind original prints from your own drawings with this acid-free technique.
Drypoint etching is the simplest and most direct of printmaking methods. An etching needle is used to dig into the surface of the zinc plate much like a plow creates a furrow. Hatching and crosshatching lines are used to create tonal areas. Greater pressure results in a deeper furrow, and therefore, darker tones. After completing the drawing, ink is rubbed over the entire plate and then wiped, leaving the ink only in the grooves. Dampened paper is placed over the wiped plate, and then run through the printing press. Plates may then be re-inked and printed again. Drypoint plates may be printed for several prints before the images begins to lighten and may be reworked.
The drypoint process works very well for images that are linear and built up with hatching lines and crosshatching lines. Students should bring a drawing 6’x8” to begin with.
A $15 supply fee is payable to instructor on the first day of class.
Experience level: Beginner to advanced