Great Asset to your Crafting library!


I recently completed reading and learning about the art of Japanese Printing in April Vollmer’s “Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop”.
This reads not like a traditional book, but a historical, cultural and educational glimpse into the world art of paper making and printing.  This is a book not meant to be read in one sitting I believe, but to be used as a tutorial of sorts, reference to call upon when embarking on new styles of creating.
As I have an interest in all things Asian, April provided sections in the book devoted to specific countries within Asia, to showcase the differences in the crafting, materials used and in styles.  I hope soon to be able to secure some of the specialized materials used in these techniques. Gaining an insight into the culture was such an added bonus.
I would be remiss in not mentioning the high quality of the photographs which make this book a keeper and reference manual.
Just to tease you, here is a glimpse into the Table of Contents…
Introduction: Japanese Woodblock Printmaking  1
Chapter 1: History and Significance  19
Chapter 2: Tools and Materials for Printing  43
Chapter 3: Washi, Japanese Handmade Paper  105
Chapter 4: Creating a Print, Step by Step  127
Chapter 5: New Directions in Mokuhanga  179
Appendix 1: Suppliers and Supplies  219
Appendix 2: Resources and Opportunities:
Classes, Residencies, Conferences  229


An inspirational how-to course on Japanese woodblock printing’s history and techniques, with guidance on materials and studio practices, step-by-step demonstrations, and examples of finished works by modern masters of the medium as well as historic pieces.

A Modern Guide to the Ancient Art of mokuhanga

An increasingly popular yet age-old art form, Japanese woodblock printing (mokuhanga) is embraced for its non-toxic character, use of handmade materials, and easy integration with other printmaking techniques. In this comprehensive guide, artist and printmaker April Vollmer—one of the best known mokuhanga practitioners and instructors in the West—combines her deep knowledge of this historic printmaking practice with expert step-by-step instruction, guidance on materials and studio practices, and a diverse collection of prints by leading contemporary artists. At once practical and inspirational, this handbook is as useful to serious printmakers and artists as it is to creative people drawn
to Japanese history and aesthetics.


I plan to begin my first project in a few weeks.  If you have a passion for stretching your creative skills into the world of woodblock printing and paper making…Give this one a try!
**This book was sent to be for a review from Blogging for Books**

About formangirl

Married and Mom to two my sweet boys Alexander and Noah. Also FurMom to Rocky the Pug. Avid Family Historian and Scrapbooker.
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