Drypoint Etching

Drypoint etching is an intaglio technique, which means the image is directly incised into the surface of the plate using a sharp tool, then printed using an etching press. When a line is made in this way, the material kicks up a burr around it, which also holds ink. This results in a line with a velvety, rich characteristic.

The plate is normally made from metal, such as copper, aluminium, zinc. Plastic is also an effective surface. The impression is typically printed onto high quality printmaking papers.

Artwork pictured above is by Alfons Bytautas.