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Japanese Woodblock Printing

Weekend course

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Course dates:  Sat 4 & Sun 5 June or Sat 17 & Sun 18 September (two-day course). 

Step back in time into the intriguing world of Japan’s Edo Period , and gain an insight into the mysteries of ‘Ukiyo-e’ woodblock prints. Artist Campbell Sandilands will share his personal accounts of studying this time-honoured technique with the famous Yoshida family in Tokyo.

Learn how to prepare and cut woodblocks. Using eco-friendly techniques, apply water-based pigments to the block, and print the hand-made Japanese paper with the baren, a hand-burnishing disc, in creating your own prints.

What will be covered?

You will learn how to prepare your woodblock, and make a design for your print using an oriental brush. You will then transfer your design onto the wood, and learn how to utilise the Japanese cutting tools when carving your block. Cutting down handmade Japanese paper and dampening it overnight prepares the way for the exciting process of inking up your block on the second day with water based pigments in order to create beautiful, colour woodblock prints. No press is required, but instead a baren, a hand burnishing pad is used to burnish the paper against the surface of the inked block. There will be demonstrations throughout the weekend workshop, which build up a comprehensive picture of the techniques used in this fascinating oriental art form.

What should I bring?
All essential materials will be provided. However, you are free to bring along source material, or simple ideas you may wish to use as a basis for your print design. There are many wonderful books on both ukiyo-e and contemporary woodblock printing, and a simple web search will lead you to some interesting material on the subject.

What should I wear?
Anything you don’t mind getting a splash of ink on! Please note no sandals or open-toed footwear in the Print Studio.

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