A carving for the plate of a mokuhanga print.
10 mohuhanga prints dry on the floor.
The final layers of drying Mokuhanga prints

When I was at OCAD I took some printmaking courses. There, I was fascinated with Lithography. Lith means stone and so in lithography your plate is a big three inch thick limestone block. Using acids and resists, oil and water based mediums, you can draw images with oil based inks or grease crayons and treat the plate so that it holds and prints the ink for transference onto paper. You need a big studio and press for this process.

Getting back into printmaking now, I didn't want to be tied to a printmaking studio so I sought ways of printing at home. My former print teacher and colleague, Elizabeth Forrest, taught me the basics of Mokuhanga printing. Mokuhanga is a waterbased woodcut process from Japan. The artist cuts her image on a block and applies layers of water based paint onto the block in order to print. It is a complex process to learn and I feel I am in kindergarten. I am showing a few photos of my  work in progress but if you really want to learn about Mokuhanga you can check out

I have been a bit impatient lately so I have also been exploring woodcut printmaking. I also cut wooden plates or blocks however I use an oil based ink. I print on Japanese papers in both cases. Mulberry paper is known in Japan as Washi.

Mokuhanga finished print


Woodcut on white washi  of a spruce tree in snow.
Woodcut on brown washi of a spruce tree in snow