Sunday, April 4, 2010

How to Get Started in Printmaking: Dremel Drypoint

Welcome and thank you for reading my blog about printmaking.

In my last post I briefly discussed the traditional technique of drypoint,  I would like to follow on with talking about using a Dremel tool for producing drypoints.

Kim Westcott, an Australian printmaking artist has been very influential in my practice. Her use of the Dremel tool to create large scale drypoints with a burr so raised that the result is magnificent. go to to see examples of her work.

The following link will take you to a great article, KIM WESTCOTT: ITS ALL THERE... EVERY MARK OR DOT THAT CANNOT BE TAKEN AWAY by Robert Hirschmann ://

KimWestcott uses copper plate as the burr holds up in printing far longer than a burr raised in zinc. Kim is well known for experimenting with wax and pigment when printing to obtain rich and innovative prints.

Kim Westcott graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1989, worked as an assistant printer at The Australian Print Workshop in 1991, Master Printer, Garner Tullis Workshop, New Your in 1993, 1994 Master printer for Garner Tullis Workshop, Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil and since 2001 Kim has lived and worked in North East Victoria where she has set up her own Print Workshop.

Jo Lankester

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
Albert Einstein

Intaglio: Acrylic-Resist Etching, Collagraphy, Engraving, Drypoint, MezzotintIntaglio: Acrylic-Resist Etching, Collagraphy, Engraving, Drypoint, Mezzotint

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