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Drypoint card : Exploring its use for Intaglio printmaking.

Drypoint card

We have spent some time today making drypoint images using  drypoint card rather than the usual clear plastic. The drypoint card we are using is sold by Intaglio Printmakers in London. It is a medium thickness dense white card with a thin plastic coating on the printing surface.

We tend to use the drypoint plastic more as we like freely drawing using a tool as one would with a pencil or charcoal. Repeated loose lines can build up on the plastic easily and can give the effect of a spontaneous drawing. However we had decided it was time to explore different techniques. We had already spent an hour or two the other day exploring marks  with different tools and also blocks of ink that can be made by removing sections of the laminated card.

After doing a couple of still life drawings of household objects we began to feel a bit more at home with the material. Overall we found that we could retain a natural drawing style pretty easily on the card and we like the possibilities that the card provides that plastic doesn’t, namely the option of removing a blanket area to give a blacker inked space and the dense dark lines than can be achieved in the relatively soft card surface.

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