Mokuhanga, the Japanese woodcut printmaking water-based technique, was used to print the refined ukiyo-e prints of the Japanese Edo period. This advanced class is designed for students of Japanese woodcut who wish to use more specialized printing techniques and learn how to print on dampened handmade paper. This four-day intensive workshop allows participants with some experience to work on blocks with dampened Japanese washi. We will review printing techniques like bokashi and goma zuri and delve further into the special characteristics of handmade paper.
The first half of the class is devoted to planning and carving blocks and the second half is reserved for printing. Each day will begin with a lecture-demonstration focusing on a different aspect of mokuhanga, including tool use and sharpening, paper, and printing techniques. The final day is devoted to printing an edition of multicolored prints on Japanese paper.
The $50 materials fee covers two blocks, the loan of barens and some cutting tools, color, miscellaneous supplies, proof paper and a sheet of handmade Japanese washi that can be cut into approximately eight prints. Additional paper will be available for purchase in class.
Prerequisite: Previous experience with mokuhanga is required to assure that students are able to progress to more advanced approaches to printing.