Scribing the copperplate
I begin by filing and burnishing the edges of a copperplate. I then create a matrix image on my copperplate, using a metal scribe.
This is the drypoint technique.
Ink the plate with a single color ink
I soak the printing paper for at least fifteen minutes, in a soaking tank. While the paper is soaking, I wipe the drypoint side of the plate with printing ink, usually an intense black, mixed three parts to one part “Easy-Wipe.”
First run through the press
After the plate has been wiped, I run it through the press with the paper that’s been soaking.
I’ve now created a black and white drypoint image.
Apply the paint I will then paint directly on this paper with acrylic paints, painting out and covering all black lines.
A Second Run Through the Press When the paint has dried thoroughly, I re-ink the copperplate and run it through the press again.