This past summer at sleep-away camp I learned drypoint etching using Plexiglas plates. We had used the plates for monotypes and I was more than happy to reuse them for etching. (Monotypes and I did not get along.) We learned a few methods, all using various engraving tools, a twisted etching needle, an electric engraving tool and a wood burning tool.
I love the wood burning tool. There is absolutely nothing environmental friendly about this technique. You are literally burning plastic about 6 inches from your nose. You are inhaling burnt plastic. However, the result is amazing. I can’t resist. So in an extremely well-ventilated room, I am burning 30 Plexiglas plates. Here are the first three.
Luna Moth caterpillar
Luna, Roman Goddess of the Moon