MAKING A DRYPOINT
I am starting to prepare works for the Summer Exhibitions.This is a little drypoint taken from a sketch at Catterline.The drypoint tools are on the right.On the left is a scraper/burnisher for removing errors and doing the edges.The plate is copper so it is quite hard and will last longer in the printing.Basically, with drypoint, you are scratching the drawing into the plate.The scratch sends up a copper furrow (rather like ploughing ) to the left or the right depending how you angle the tool.It is this burr of metal that holds the ink and creates a slightly furry line.
Eventually this will break down in the printing and traditionally no more than 7 prints are expected of a drypoint.
The Scottish Artist Lumsden was a great exponent of drypoint as was Whistler.
What you see in the picture is the sketch I was working from.I will post a picture of the printed drypoint later.
The first of the Summer Shows I am taking part in is at The Heinzel Gallery Aberdeen. www.galleryheinzel.com
My two small Finella Prints are in that.Then there is The Stonehaven Gallery, Wall Projects Catterline Show and
Art Aboyne. Further details later.