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Printing Techniques


Drypoint is an interesting introduction to working on metal and perspex plates, and is a lovely direct method for those artists who love to draw.

The various techniques include scratching into the surface of the plate with the sharp point of a scribe to create a line and abrasing the surface with sand paper to create tone. The point scores the plate and causes a ridge of the metal or perspex (called the burr) to be thrown up on one or both sides of the line. This burr holds more ink than a relatively shallow scratch and contributes a velvety, rich quality to the impression.

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