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Suitable for beginners or skilled printmakers this workshop takes you through the complete process giving the comprehensive fundamental skills needed to produce your own work in the future.

The most popular workshop we teach, you will make a multi-colour, multi-block print from your own design, using tradtional tools, materials and techniques. Comprehensive notes are provided to assist you after the workshop. You will have a thorough grounding in the basic principles, processes, tools and materials.

The first day is taken up with design, transferring to woodblocks and then carving. The second day allows more time for carving, printing proofs and producing some final prints. This workshop can also be split over two weekends, which allows more time between.

What is Mokuhanga?

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Detail of traditional print "Haru Nano Higashi Genji" by Kunichika Toyohara

 

Mokuhanga is the traditional water based printing technique, originating in China and perfected in Japan.

A print is created through design, carving blocks for each colour, then printing each colour successively until the print edition is completed.

 

Mokuhanga is the Japanese word for wood block print. The Japanese characters 木版画 are 木 wood, 版 block and 画 picture.

 

In Japan its meaning is the print itself, but in general contemporary use it means both the print and the technique. Mokuhanga is growing in popularity worldwide as learning becomes more accessible to people outside of Japan.

 
 

 

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Mokuhanga is chemical free, non-toxic, environmentally friendly, uses relatively simple hand tools and equipment and requires little space to produce beautiful work. The natural beauty of the materials - wood, pigment and hand-made paper are all retained and enhance each other. A great choice for Artists or any creative person!

 

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Terry McKenna Mokuhanga

This is a short video showing teacher Terry McKenna making one of his mokuhanga...

You can find more about Terry's work on his dedicated website at www.egaku.com.au

Kyoto Mokuhanga Tours

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