Course Materials Provided


All neccesary materials for making your first print are provided in the course.

Materials provided in the course are:

  • Tracing Paper & Carbon Paper
  • Tape
  • Wood block
  • Non-slip Mat (for carving and printing)
  • Printing Paper
  • Pigment (Guache)


Carving Tools

Students will require their own carving tools. A set of ordinary lino-cutting tools will work, but you will become frsutrated if they are poor quality. If you don't have any carving tools, I have several sets available to use and also can supply a reasonable quality and priced set.


The First Day

On the first day students should bring:
- pencil (3H or similar), ruler, paper, set of carving tools if you have them.


The Second Day

On the second day you will need:

  • small brushes for applying pigment (one for each colour)
  • small jars for mixing pigment (one for each colour)
  • a plastic spray bottle such as an empty cleaning bottle
  • a small container for paste
  • plastic bag or sheet to keep printing paper moist


These items will be explained on the first day.

Workshops Coming soon

Masahiko Honjo Master Class March 2020

Announcing a week long workshop with Kyoto master mokuhanga artist, Mashiko Honjo.

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Lessons in Karuizawa 軽井沢で木版画を学


国際木版画家兼指導者:刀楽 (テリー マッケーナ)

Would you like to have a regular lesson to learn Mokuhanga?

Karuizawa Weekend Course July 6 & 7, 2019

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Melbourne Comprehensive Workshop 7th & 8th September, 2019

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Karuizawa Nengajou Workshop November 30 & December 1, 2019

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What is Mokuhanga?


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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