Mokuhanga is a traditional form of Japanese printmaking. Moku translates to wood and hanga means "printed." The medium arrived in Japan during the eighth century for the use of copying Buddhist sutras. The medium did not become a popular art expression until the Edo Period (1603-1868). Mokuhanga is most similar to western-style woodblock printing but differs in a few distinct ways. First, it uses water-based inks rather than oil-based (so no hard chemicals). The ink is brushed directly onto the woodblock instead of being applied with a roller. The impression is made by force of the artist's hand using a cylindrical object called a barren. Lastly, the registration system allows for multiple blocks to line up evenly and is carved directly into the woodblock - this is called kento registration. Mokuhanga has been exciting more interest because the technique uses water-based inks, which is easier to clean-up without harsh chemicals making it more environmentally friendly. Also as a printing press is not required this medium can be a more accessible way to create prints.
DISCOVERPRINT19 @ Green Acres
August 9th @ 7pm
Art Source 2018 at the RDS
Each year I take a stand at Art Source @RDS where I like to meet my clients who actually give me great feedback on the work that I make. I am hoping again this year to be there and look forward to seeing you again.
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New workshops coming soon
Stay tuned for details on upcoming new classes and workshops in the new year.
Japanese print workshop
The Japanese technique of woodblock printmaking is very different to the Western technique. While in the Western tradition, oil-based ink is applied with a roller and printed onto the papers surface often with the help of a press, however in the Japanese tradition, the water-based ink is applied with a brush and, while being printed by hand, is pressed deeply into the absorbent Japanese paper.
The workshop will show you the traditional Mokuhanga printing method as following:
- Carving a block – showing what different carving tools are used and carving technique.
- Preparing your paper (washi) – using Japanese Pension (made from the mulberry tree).
- Preparing your ink – all water based.
- How to apply the inks to the block with your carrying brush (bake)
- Print with a Baren rather than a printing press