Reexamining a Technique


There is an upcoming print exchange that I’ve signed up for and the deadline approaches. What subject should I attempt? What method should I jump on? Last year I created a drypoint on copper and I wasn’t terribly happy with the end result. Do I try it again or do a traditional block print? It’s been several years since attempting the technique of drypoint on linoleum and my brain is already having issues with the final outcome. For those unfamiliar with drypoint, I’m basically scratching lines on my block (copper , lineolum, plexi). The scratches grab ink and hold on to it during the inking process. Once the plate is inked and wiped, you run it through a press with your dampened paper over the top. The paper is pressed down into the scratched plate and picks up the inky lines. So, I need to keep in mind the fact that it’s the scratches that create the darker values. The below test is the lino block on the left and the printed paper on the right. Whites are not really “white” but a light grey. I used a water based ink which won’t be my preference for the finished work. I prefer oil based even though it’s messy. The mini test indicates to me that I’m heading in the right direction. Hopefully I can make a few corrections (somehow) on the main block where mistakes have already taken place.


I’ll also start an eze-cut block to run in conjunction with this print. This technique works opposite. I’ll be removing the white zones and leaving black.  It will save additional stress on my tendons and finger joint issues. Which ever image comes out the best will be sent off for the exchange.

The final print image will be 4″ x 6″. Overall paper size limited to 5″x 7″.

Published by paperstew

I'm an artist in Albany Oregon focusing on paper and natural objects for inspiration.

5 thoughts on “Reexamining a Technique

    1. I’ll eventually get back to the print, maybe even today! Life has been a little crazy with the family business. I’ve switched over to the block print to speed things up.

  1. I wouldn’t have thought of doing a drypoint on lino – its looking great, nice and loose. There are some great random marks on the plate too.I have just re-started printmaking on a regular basis and am loving it, I had forgotten the satisfaction of it!

    1. Rosie had posted about another artist doing drypoint linos about a year ago. It fascinated me enough to attempt it. Needless to say, I never completed the two blocks started and this new one is slow to emerge.
      I’m so glad to see your new sculptural print creations!!! keep those ideas flowing!!!

      1. I can see that the drypoint could be slow, but the textures that appear will be worth it – the deadline is always an encouragement … good to hear you are enjoying the sculptural objects!

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