I have tried drypoint etching on plastic in the past and not enjoyed the process. Plastic feels very flimsy and difficult to handle. However, I have now discovered the pleasures of etching on aluminium plate. It is soft to work with and, I think, can create some attractive images. One of the features of aluminium is that there are often imperfections on the plate so that the final print can have some rather pleasant ‘background noise’. It is also much cheaper than zinc plate so it is possible to experiment. it requires no acid so can easily be done at home. The raised ‘burr’ which is created by drypoint etching holds the ink and can create interesting lines but it wears down quite quickly so the plate cannot be used often. After trying drypoint on aluminium I have gone back to some of my old etched zinc plates and added some finer drypoint lines. I will probably use this technique more often in the future as it has a number of benefits.