This is a one day workshop.
JAPANESE WOODBLOCK (MOKUHANGA)
In mokuhanga, separate blocks are cut for individual or related colors. Participants will work from a simple sketch in three colors. They will learn how to transfer the color areas of the sketch to the wood blocks, and how to cut away the areas of the block surrounding the lines and shapes that will print. Participants will use brushes to apply water-based inks and rice paste to their blocks. They will learn the kento method of paper registration to print the inked blocks, one over another onto Asian papers, using hand pressure and a bamboo baren.
With this method of printing one block is used to print multiple colors. The whites are cut out of the block and then the first color is rolled on the block surface and printed. The second color is then printed over the first after the areas are cut away from the same block to reveal the first color. This process is repeated with each color until only the last color portion remains on the block. During this workshop students will cut and print a small woodcut based on a color drawing they provide. Since time is limited a maximum of three colors is recommended.