This page displays images of hand pulled drypoint prints currently available for purchase.
Drypoint is a print making process that originated in the 15th century. I use a steel stylus (pen), that has a sharp point, and engrave the image onto a copper plate. As the stylus cuts into the plate, a burr is created on either side of the line I draw. This is similar to how soil is thrown up on either side of a plough. This "burr" is what holds the ink. The more "burr", the more ink is held in that area. Once the drawing is completed, the entire plate is rolled with ink (black or brown). The plate is carefully wiped with a porous cloth (tarlatan) to remove the ink. Ink will hold in those rough areas where the "burr" has been created. During the final wiping of the plate, I use the palm of my hand. The plate is warmed on a hotplate prior to printing. The inked and wiped plate is then placed on the bed of my printing press and a piece of cotton rag paper (dampened) is laid on top of the plate. Felt blankets (three) are placed on top of the paper and plate. The entire "package" on the bed of the press is drawn between 2 steel rollers (one on top of and one below the bed of the press). This process squeezes the "package" and pushes the paper into the plate, transferring the ink and image from the plate to the paper. Once the plate, paper and blankets on the bed passes through the rollers, the print is complete. The print is removed and hung to dry. This is print #1. For the next print, the inking, wiping and printing is repeated for each print. I usually only produce 20 to 25 prints per plate. The process of printing slowing degrades the quality of the image on the copper plate by flattening or removing the "burrs".
These are truly "limited edition" prints and each print is one of a kind. Some are hand coloured. These prints are sold un-framed. If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org