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Mokuhanga - wood block print, originally meaning just the print itself and now commonly used by English speakers to mean the Japanese water-based print technique as well as any print produced by the technique

Mokuhangaka - a professional maker of mokuhanga

Baren - the flat hand-held disk used to apply pressure to the paper

Bokashi - literally 'Fade', the gradation of colour from light to dark and the technique used to produce this

Gomazuri - the speckled, broken pattern used to provide texture in flat areas of light colour

Kento - registration notches cut into the printing block

 

 

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

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