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Mokuhanga News & Ideas Printing Hokusai's Great Wave

Category: News and Events

Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival yesterday was great fun! So busy with lots of people trying their hand at printing Hokusai's Great Wave detail. I hope people enjoy mokuhanga more and more in Australia..


2016-02-29 03:06:32

Mokuhanga News & Ideas Kyoto Tour 2015

Category: News and Events

We had a fantastic time on our Kyoto Mokuhanga Tour in October! The weather was perfect and we saw fantastic sights as well as enjoyed a mokuhanga workshop with Kyoto teacher Richard Steiner and a visit to Shoichi Kitamura's studio.

2015-12-31 10:46:28

Mokuhanga News & Ideas New Zealand Workshop

Category: News and Events

One of the great prints made this weekend in our August New Zealand weekend workshop! This workshop was held at Keirunga Art Society in beautiful Hawke's Bay.


2015-09-08 01:44:13

Mokuhanga News & Ideas Carving a Key Block

Category: Terry's Art

Carving a "key block" a line block that will be the key for registering the other colors of this print..
The next in my "Ballarat Hakkei" series.. The eight beautiful views of Ballarat.

These photos show the sequence and the tools I've used.. from left to right, top to bottom.



2015-09-08 01:33:00

Mokuhanga News & Ideas How Was it Done?

Category: Tips and Tricks

Q1. Fruit dish: the tone is different at the front and at the back of the plate. How was this done? Using a different baren in those two places? Or is it the way the ink was spread? Or else??

Q2.  Single puffin: How did they make the bottom of the body darker close to the feet? I think that the darker bits on the edges of the right and left wings are from slight overlapping and it’s very nice but the bottom of the body looks different, it’s in a slight gradient. Could it possibly be by using the technique that you showed us on Chrissie’s print at the end of the course (like they’ve done in the background in this image)? Or is it the way the ink was spread? Or else??

2015-07-10 07:08:38

Mokuhanga News & Ideas Finnish Woodcut Society

Category: News and Events

It's great to hear from my friend and very talented mokuhanga artist, Tuula Moilanen about the recently formed Finnish Woodcut Artists Society.

You can find their website here:

Finnish Woodcut Artists Society Website

2015-06-29 09:26:07

Mokuhanga News & Ideas Teaching

Category: News and Events

I'm having a grerat time teaching so many people in Australia this wonderful technique of mokuhanga!

In the last year I have taught close to 200 people the basic techniues and some more advanced techniques to people attending advanced or follow up workshops.

I'm hoping to make mokuhanga popular and accessible here in Australia.

2015-06-27 06:33:19

Mokuhanga News & Ideas Tool Bokashi

Category: Tips and Tricks

This kind of bokashi is created by carving the board, not by the brush. It gives a slightly irregular and soft edge that can be useful for a short gradation, and is easy to print without any special technique.

Carving a "tool bokashi" (tou bokashi or ita bokashi) is as simple as carving a chamfered edge on any part of your board. Begin by carving the regular clear edge and clear the channel or waste area away..

2015-06-27 06:22:47

Mokuhanga News & Ideas Nori Questions

Category: Tips and Tricks


I have some questions regarding the nori recipe.

Apart from the fact that people keep trying to sell me seaweed ... I have been able to get the following packets from an Asian grocer:- - tapioca starch and - potato starch

Firstly, can I make nori from these? If so is the "Make Your Own Nori from Corn Flour" recipe,(class notes), able to be followed?

I could not get rice starch. But I could have got:- 1. rice flour or 2. glutenous rice flour

Are either of these suitable? Is the nori, once made, kept at room temperature or in the fridge?

2015-06-10 10:15:04

Mokuhanga News & Ideas Working on #3 in series

Category: Terry's Art

I'm working now on the third print in the "Ballarat Hakkei" Series.  Hakkei means eight scenic views, and relates to an historic them in Asian art, which also became popular in Ukiyo-e, notably "Omi Hakkei" or Eight Scenic Views of Lake Biwa.

This picture is one of the blocks and will be the rain. This design relates to the "Evening Rain" theme from Omi Hakkei.  

2015-06-10 03:21:55

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