Mukohanga: Japanese Woodblock
This workshop introduces the traditional Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock printing process. Participants learn to carve the woodblock using Japanese carving tools, apply colors to the woodblock with brushes using a “kento” registration system, and burnish using the handheld “baren.” Traditionally, separate woodblocks are carved and printed for each color. These methods are valued for their timeless, low-tech, and nontoxic simplicity. Students will cut their own woodblocks and create small, multicolor prints. This technique is ideal for in-home studios without a press.
Yusaifu #12 (Butterfly), 2000
Woodblock print on painted silk
16 x 16 inches
Courtesy of the artist