Two dry etched prints from the same plate
Dry Point Etching Print
Dry Point Etching involves the use of a sharp cutting needle, just like pin, but with a diamond hard tip for use on metal. It does not need to be metal but does need to be finely woven or grained. This print is made from a Perspex (hard plastic) plate. The material is not removed from the plate, nor is it added (like Collograph), but simply displaced. The scrape made, or displacement, allows ink to flow in the grooved scratches. This ink is subsequently pressed onto the image paper, either manually, or by using a mechanical press. This process is one of the Intaglio printing methods, others being Mezzotint and Woodblock printing.