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Workshop "Japanese Woodblock"


The traditional technique of Japanese woodblock printmaking, as used for the creation of the famous ukiyo-e prints, has much to offer to present-day printmakers. With its excellent cutting technique, the use of water-based inks and a special tool for hand printing, the baren, it allows for a wide range of cutting and printing effects. Only natural, non-toxic materials are used, and very little space (no press) is required.

Workshop Scedule

The workshop starts on Friday evening with a short introduction of the technique, by means of prints and their corresponding plates. The participants then develop a sketch which will be cut into two plates for later printing. Due to the time limitation, the design will not be too detailed. After cutting registration marks, the sketch will be transferred to the first plate.

On Saturday morning I am introducing the characteristics of Japanese and Western knifes including their use and sharpening. The participants start cutting.
After the lunch break I am talking about the specifics of Japanese paper and how to prepare it for the printing. The participants soak their papers.

On Sunday morning I am giving a printing demonstration while speaking about the required materials and tools like brushes and the handprinting tool baren. The participants will print their editions.

We will work with solid wood (linden or alder) and 12 sheets of Japanese papers in the size of 16 x 24 cm.

The participants receive a script incl. information on material suppliers. The workshop is suitable for beginners and professional printmakers as well, while some experience is benefitial.

Fr 17-20 h and Sat-Sun 10-17 h including a lunch break
Max. 7 participants
450 € (including 19% VAT and materials)



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