My first try at drypoint etching/engraving on plastic/acetate film. I am not talking about rigid perspex, just flexible acetate. I had not realised this was possible but my friend Sue has tried it and I was impressed.
In theory it’s easy, you just scratch into the surface of the plastic with something sharp, ink it up and print.
I am not quite finished with my exciting Grafham fossils and wanted to try this technique with some of them. I had been going to try just the shell but thought I might add a devil in some way.
Image 4 inches square
My sketchbook notes, the plastic plate after printing and the needle.
I found it very difficult to see where I had made the marks on the plastic and have not found a way of making this easier. I also found the graver slipped at odd angles but I think that is just operator error and there are definite possibilities as and when I improve.
I needed several tries to get the inking and press pressure even remotely right
First acetate Drypoint … I quite liked it so have decided to make a small set to get some practice. There are possibilities!