Japanese woodblock printing, or mokuhanga, is an ancient art technique that certainly hasn’t lost its popularity over the years. Just about anyone can get started working with this beautiful art form to create impressive works of art for very little money. A basic woodblock starter kit is available on Amazon for under twenty dollars.
April Vollmer is clearly an expert when it comes to mokuhanga. Within the book’s “Introduction” chapter, Ms. Vollmer details her extensive background. From there she shares a wealth of information for the beginner, as well as the experienced artist:
- Chapter 1: History and Significance
- Chapter 2: Tools and Materials for Printing
- Chapter 3: Washi, Japanese Handmade Paper
- Chapter 4: Creating a Print, Step by Step
- Chapter 5: New Directions in Mokuhanga
The generous appendixes are filled with a comprehensive list of supplies, suppliers, class listings, available residencies and conferences, and other valuable resources for readers to research further.
The author has included beautifully detailed photos for instruction and inspirational purposes. I know I’m inspired to give block printing a try!
I would highly recommend Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop for anyone who has been considering this affordable and lovely art form. The price is extremely reasonable for a book of this quality.
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton
eBook Review Gal received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.