Sunday, November 8, 2009

How to make a drypoint on Plexiglas

Here's a rather straightforward drypoint print that has been watercolored by Aussie artist Juli Haas, titled - Mother from 2005. I think that it has much in common with Sir John Tenniel's wood-engraving of Alice's Duchess, especially in its frighteningly intense aspect.

If you visit the above link, you can watch this gal (sadly, not Juli Haas) drypoint away with her very sharp & heavy tool. FYI - "Perspex" is Brit speak for Plexiglas. Diamond tipped tools are best, with carbide-steel running a close second. Too bad that drypoint plates have a limited short life. The best prints are the very first ones, & the plate will only hold up for about 10 - 15 impressions.

Cheers! Roxanne

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