Printing and Binding the Landscape

FULLY BOOKED Japanese Woodcut Printmaking & Scroll making

  • Starts 22 Aug
  • 460 British pounds
  • Old Moss Road

Course Information

During this immersive five-day workshop you will be introduced to the traditional Japanese art of woodblock printing (Mokuhanga) and scroll making (emaki-mono). Mokuhanga is perfect for anyone interested in a non-toxic, table-top printmaking technique. Over the first three-days you will learn the skills to plan and transfer a simple image to Japanese plywood and carve up to three colour separation blocks in relief based on the landscape, following in the tradition of Japanese Ukiyo-e. With no mechanical press required, only a hand held 'baren', you will learn the techniques to achieve various print effects, from 'sesame printing' to 'bokashi' (gradation), while registering your multi-block image through the simple but brilliant 'kento' registration system. You will be sure to fall in love with both the process and results of this intricate, accessible, mediative, water-based printmaking method which provides endless possibilities. The following two-days of the course will focus on learning the traditional Japanese art of scroll making (emaki-mono). This structure is the oldest form of book in Japan, combining washi (mulberry paper), nori (rice paste) and cloth. You will learn the techniques of backing cloth with paper to create book cloth using the urauchi method, alongside the skills to attach sections of your prints together to create invisible, seamless pages stretching for meters, bound with silk ribbon. The materials used for the scroll are all archival and sourced in Japan. The traditional processes taught on this workshop will allow you to use these skills in contemporary book arts projects.

Course sessions

Contact Details

  • Old Moss Road, Ullapool IV26 2TG, UK

    01854 612281