Mokuhanga, a Japanese form of woodblock printing is a medium not often experimented with outside of Japan. Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop by April Vollmer hopes to change that and inspire more artists to apply these techniques in their art.
Upon a first glance through the pages in this book one can feel a bit overwhelmed at the complex designs and unconventional methods that surround this art form. Vollmer understands this and meticulously explains each step and process and includes plenty of high quality pictures to supplement the text.
In addition to being a great “how to” guide, this book delves into the history and significance of Mokuhanga, providing a well rounded understanding of why this art form is culturally and artistically important. The author’s experience and love for wood block printing is very apparent and I believe this could easily be considered the definitive resource for anyone wanting to learn more about it or give it a try.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.