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Course Materials Provided

 

All necessary 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

The Gallery has their own carving tool sets. If students have their own, they are welcome to bring them.

 

The First Day

On the first day students should bring:
- pencil (3H or similar), ruler

 

The Second Day / Later in the Course

On the second day or in later weeks you will need:

  • small brushes for applying pigment
  • small jars for mixing pigment
  • a plastic spray bottle such as an empty cleaning bottle
  • plastic bag or sheet to keep printing paper moist

 

These items will be explained on the first day, or as required.

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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Residency Availability

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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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 Find out more about these exciting, small-scale and unique tours

Kyoto Mokuhanga Brochure (PDF)

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