I've discovered that drypoint is a really enjoyable way to make images, as it's very versatile. You can gently engrave with the etching needle to make soft light lines or gouge in hard and make big fat fuzzy lines or areas. Sandpaper can also be used- by rubbing on the metal to make a light grey tone, and also sticking it down to hold the ink just like a dark aquatint would. You can also make nice little stubble marks by either lightly or heavily pricking the surface with the needle. I'm hoping to use all these methods on the future prints.
If you've just found this blog and wondering what on earth I'm talking about here's a link to a drypoint print to explain: