Online Learning

Intermediate Design

A lot of contemporary mokuhanga we see tends to be structured like Ukiyo-e, almost like a stained-glass window, where areas of colour fit into outlined areas. It's possible however, to create mokuhanga work that looks nothing like Ukiyo-e!

This unit will introduce some design ideas and transfer methods that are really the traditional method given a new twist. The unit also introduces several techniques that you can you singly, or in combination in your own projects. It includes making the design to fit washi that has four deckle edges, creating a design from an ink brush drawing and how we can transfer these to the block with an alternative method other than tracing, and “muda-bori” which allow us to get tight registration without relying on outlines defining all parts of our design.


  Introduction - what we will cover in this unit and what you will need. 2:48
  Creating a Design - a fast motion demonstration of the design that all the tutorials in this workshop will be based on. 3:52
  Designing for washi with 4 deckle edges - how to adapt your design and lay out the kentou so you can use washi that keeps all four deckle edges. 4:17
  Tracing on Thin Washi - (fast motion) tracing the design with a calligraphy pen on thin washi 1:12
  Sumi-e for Mokuhanga - creating an ink brush drawing as the basis for your creative print 8:36
  Glueing Hanshita - how to glue your ink drawing to the woodblock for carving 5:33
  Thin Washi - Slightly different technique for glueing thin washi to the block successfully 10:47
  Peeling - How to peel the back of your hanshita to make the block ready for carving 8:32
  Carving - there are a number of videos in the carving unit to assist in getting better results  
  Removing Washi - how to remove what remains of washi still glued to the block after your carving is completed. 5:02

Notes for this unit are also available.