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Drypoint Etching - Introduction To Intaglio

Making marks on the plate - drypoint plates can be cut to any shape

Duration: One day

Price: £70

Book with: Xtina Lamb
at Medway Fine Printmakers CIC

INTRA, 337 - 341 High Street
Rochester, Medway

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Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

About the Course

Follow in the steps of artists such as Rembrandt and Picasso, who learnt about intaglio processes by creating drypoint print artworks. In this print method, a metal or acetate plate is incised with a sharp point, then inked up and printed using an etching press. It's is a lovely, simple way to get to know etching techniques, and particularly good for those who love drawing. 

Beginning with a look at examples of drypoint work, you’ll see the range of marks that can be made with tools and how drypoint differs from other intaglio techniques. The grooves scratched into the plate are accompanied by a raised burr created as you scrape a reversed image with sharp pointed tools. The burr contributes to holding the ink, and this type of plate is more fragile than etched plates, and the marks you can make are quite soft-edged.

You’ll ink up and wipe off your plate in preparation for printing, take a look at differences in papers and how they are prepared by soaking, and learn how to use our lovely large etching press safely to make prints.

The drypoint process requires you to hand-draw marks onto the plate, so if freehand drawing or tracing is something you enjoy - this class is a good choice.

People who have taken this course can return to use our print studio during open access sessions.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials are included and you'll be able to to try out both transparent acetate plates and aluminium ones. There will be a choice of papers to print onto.

If you don’t have your own design to work with, you can pick something from the studio’s design library with hundreds of illustrated and vintage books to give you inspiration.

Teas and coffee will be served on arrival, and available through the day. There will be a break for lunch and you can either bring sandwiches or find something nice to eat at a choice of neighbouring cafes.

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