- Elizabeth Forrest
- Course Code
- Skill Level
- All Levels
- July 26 - 29, 10AM - 4PM
Mokuhanga means “woodblock print” in Japanese. Students will be learning all the essentials of producing a colour woodcut using waterbased pigments impressed on a variety of washi papers using a disk baren. After designing and transferring an image to the block, students will carve the key block image and transfer it to a second block using the kogyo method. This enables the student to add carved colour areas to their image and print them in perfect register. Use of a variety of authentic Japanese tools including carving implements, brushes for applying pigment and printing on washi without need for a press, will take you to a quite different printmaking experience from the Western approach. The goal will be to create a small edition of colour prints. Students are advised to prepare simplified 2 or 3 colour sketches in your preferred theme so you can rapidly move forward into carving your image in the course. Some background in printmaking or design is recommended.
Note: Size of preparatory sketch should be 5 ½” x 7 ½”.
Learning Outcome: 1. How to transfer a sketch to your woodblock 2. Learn to carve the woodblock using a variety of tools – the “knife”, c-gouges, v-gouge, and chisels -specific to printing with waterbased pigments. 3. Learn the basics of printing an edition with gouache pigments, using traditional printing brushes and the handheld baren.