Creating New Art with Dry-Point Etching

creating new art with dry-point etching

pictures of paper art being assembled in a variety of configurattions

Recently, I took a class in dry-point etching to add new techniques to my quiver of techniques for printmaking. It was taught by Ren Adams at New Grounds Print Workshop. I had a lot of fun learning this technique, especially when I got to use dry-point to etch images onto milk cartons! I also learned to do dry-point etching on tin and on plexiglass.


I’ve already incorporated what I learned into the new art I’m taking to my next two art fairs. I call my printing style “hybrid printing” as I combine monotype printing layered with this new drypoint technique. The addition of drypoint etching allows me to add some elements of nature to my abstract designs which I print on 4″ paper squares.

4 inch paper art

My collage layers are achieved by embellishing some of the printed squares with machine embroidery. I then sew the individual 4″ squares together creating a paper patchwork quilt.

I’ve really enjoyed incorporating dry point etching into my work and the pastel palette I’ve been working with. I’m excited to share my new creations with you at the upcoming art fairs listed in the next section.

–Vicki Bolen, Paper Artist Extraordinaire

Upcoming Art & Crafts Shows

South Haven Art Fair 2017
Sat. & Sun, July 1 & 2, 2017
South Haven, Michigan

Millennium Art Festival
Fri. – Sun, July 7-9, 2017
Chicago, Illinois

Cheesman Park Art Fest
Sat. & Sun, July 29 & 30, 2017
Denver, Colorado

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Author: Vicki Bolen, Little Bird de Papel

I am a paper artist living and creating in Albuquerque, NM. Working with paper to create art gives me an appreciation for the beauty and cultural significance of this versatile material. I began by folding origami cranes, and over the years my work has evolved to include handmade greeting cards, book making, boxes and mono prints. Each piece gives me the opportunity to create something useful while expressing myself artistically. I attend numerous art and crafts festivals throughout the country because my intent is to share the joy I experience in making art. My artwork is also available through my Etsy and Redbubble shops.

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