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Drypoint is intaglio printmaking in which an artist creates a design by scratching or incising lines directly into a metal plate, typically made of copper or zinc (or plastic). The image is produced by ink in the incised lines and the burr, or raised edge, created on either side of the line.
Unlike other intaglio techniques, such as etching or engraving, drypoint does not use acids or other chemicals to etch the plate. Instead, the artist uses a sharp tool, such as a needle or a diamond-tipped stylus, to scratch lines on the plate.
Because the burr created during the drypoint process is delicate and easily damaged, drypoint prints have a distinctive, velvety texture that can vary depending on the pressure and angle of the printing press, the thickness and quality of the paper, and the type and amount of ink used.
Drypoint printing is a widespread technique among artists and printmakers due to its immediacy, expressiveness, and ability to produce rich, textural prints with a unique character and visual impact.

Image: Suzanne Drummond