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drypoint

[drahy-point] /ˈdraɪˌpɔɪnt/
noun
1.
a technique of engraving, especially on copper, in which a sharp-pointed needle is used for producing furrows having a burr that is often retained in order to produce a print characterized by soft, velvety black lines.
2.
a print made by this technique.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; dry + point
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Examples from the web for drypoint
  • He combined etching with other techniques, such as engraving and drypoint.
  • drypoint is an intaglio process in which a sharp needle is used to scratch a line directly onto a metal plate.
  • Etching an d drypoint, printed in brown ink on laid paper.
  • He painted the subject six times and also explored it in lithography, drypoint, and etching.
Encyclopedia Article for drypoint

an engraving method in which the design to be printed is scratched directly into a copperplate with a sharply pointed instrument. Lines in a drypoint print are characterized by a soft fuzziness caused by ink printed from a burr, a rough ridge of metal thrown up on each side of the furrow of the drypoint line. The course of the line, however, is often abruptly angular when changing directions, because the metal of the plate continually resists the engraving point. Drypoint is most often used with other printmaking techniques. It can be used to give dark accents to a nearly completed etching, for example, or it can be used first to sketch in lightly on a copperplate the proposed design for a line engraving.

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