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Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop A Modern Guide to the Ancient Art of Mokuhanga by April Vollmer

Updated on August 6, 2015


I was given a free complimentary copy of Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop A Modern Guide to the Ancient Art of Mokuhanga by April Vollmer by Blogging for Books in exchange only for my honest unbiased review of the book.

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.

— April Vollmer

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.

— April Vollmer

In this comprehensive guide, 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.

— April Vollmer

April Vollmer

April Vollmer is an artist and writer who attended Hunter College, NYC, she specializes in waterbased Japanese woodblock technique known as mokuhanga. April was on the board of the First and Second International Mokuhanga Conferences in Japan in the years 2011 and 2014. She has taught classes at the Japan Society, the Women's Studio Workshop, Making Art Safely, the Farnsworth Museum, and at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She has had works published in science, printmaking, and contemporary journals. Her only book to sate is:

  • Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop: A Modern Guide to the Ancient Art of Mokuhanga by April Vollmer (Aug 4, 2015)


As I wrote in the disclaimer at the top "I was given a free complimentary copy of Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop A Modern Guide to the Ancient Art of Mokuhanga by April Vollmer by Blogging for Books in exchange only for my honest unbiased review of the book."

I would like to mention to everyone that this is my first time ever reading a book like this. I am not normally an art fan, but I found the cover if this book intriguing and I would be interested to learn how to make Japanese Woodblock art. So keep in mind when reading this review that I am new to this genre.

I have to say this book was nothing like I expected it to be. I was expecting a how to book with maybe a bit of history. Instead I god a hard cover two hundred and fifty page book filled with history and technique. The section of the book I found the most interesting was the Pasted Paper Transfer. This section begins with a two paragraph introduction into the technique with a bit of background information; then on the next three pages are the instructions on the technique itself.

Most of the techniques and art types in this book went way over my head so if you are a hobby artist without a lot of technical knowledge on Japenese Woodblock then you might want to look for an introduction book first. The book does have a lot of vocabulary information as well so if the word used is not one many people would know then the book tells you what the word means.

This book would be great for any serious art fan it would also make a great gift to one. Perhaps with some art materials.


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