Drypoint print

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Drypoint is an intaglio printmaking technique where an image is incised directly into a metal plate, usually copper or zinc, using a hard-pointed needle or another sharp tool. The incised lines create grooves that hold ink for printing. Due to the pressure exerted during the incising process, a burr of displaced metal is often raised along the sides of the grooves. This burr holds extra ink, contributing to a characteristic rich, velvety texture in the printed image. Drypoint prints are known for their expressive and often gritty appearance, resulting from the unique qualities of the incised lines and burr.