Mokuhanga (Japanese woodblock printing) is an ancient technique of carving a design into a wooden block and then using watercolour paints and a handheld press to transfer the design to beautiful Japanese paper. It is non-toxic and environmentally friendly.
This workshop will take place over two full Saturdays. The first day you will create your design and learn to carve it into your block of soft Japanese plywood. The second day you will choose your colours and print your blocks. Various techniques will be demonstrated to achieve shading and texture.
Participants are invited to bring some simple images and designs that fit into an A5 format, for example simple landscapes, birds or flowers. Avoid images with fine lines. All Japanese plywood, watercolours and specialist Japanese paper (washi) will be provided.
Julie Murphy is a member of Omagh Printmakers Initiative and has studied Mokuhanga in Japan and with teachers in Ireland and England.
Saturdays 27 May & 3 June 10am-4pm
Venue: ISLAND Arts Centre, The Island, Lisburn BT27 4RL
Date: Saturdays 27 May & 3 June
More information and booking: https://islandartscentre.com/event/japanese-woodblock-printmaking