Engraving a dryscriber what it is exactly?

Dryscriber is both a tool and the term for a method of intaglio. This technique is one of the most used by Claude Weisbuch.

The realization of a soft-walled plaque
The dry point is a technique of soft size. It consists in creating hollow lines on a matrix, usually in copper.



This technique was originally used, significantly, by Dürer. It was then used, notably to create an atmosphere, by Rembrandt. It’s in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that artists used it more systematically, for example André Béguin or Claude – Jean Darmon and of course Claude Weisbuch.


Dryscriber is a pointed tool, usually tungsten or steel, the end is used to engrave lines in the metal. The tool handles like a pencil, and sizes vary depending on the size of the spikes. If we want to get features fine and meticulous, a diamond tip is recommended.

Dry tips of different sizes.
The dry point is also the tool used to engrave the copper plate. It is used like a pencil and like him exists in many formats.


The work on the plate is done freehand with a knob, or even on an easel. The plate is either copper, zinc (easier to burn, but little solid printing), plastic or plexiglas. The work must be spontaneous; for this reason we’re talking about “artist engraving”.


The presence of very fragile beards makes delicate operation, and quickly limits the number of prints. Inking and wiping are often a problem. It must also remember that the pressure of the rollers will be drooling ink around the barbs.

The plate is covered with ink and this several times, with a specific line-engraver “dough”. Excess ink is wiped with a rag and then hand and the grooves are filled with ink.

Principle of the soft-sided press
Principle of printing of a dry size engraving.

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