Woodblock printing is growing in popularity because the craft requires no special equipment like a press or drying racks. For my students at San Francisco Art Institute, the fact that they could continue making woodblock prints after graduating was a big deal.
Aside from specialty materials like Japanese stencil brushes and barens, everything you need can be found at your local hardware and art supply stores.
After years of teaching mokuhanga, I know that people have the most trouble gathering suitable materials. That’s why I put together a list of everything you need to start making watercolor woodblock prints.
This list includes the specialty materials I sell in my shop and substitutions you can find locally or on Amazon Prime.
If you’re ready to jump from linocut printing to watercolor woodblock, don’t let the unfamiliarity of the materials hold you back.
Purchase the kit from my website or the substitutes from Amazon Prime or your local hardware store.
Once you have everything you need, you can make woodblock prints anywhere, from the kitchen table to the community print shop.
The Pro Mokuhanga Kit in the shop has everything you need except for studio essentials.
Use these for all types of printmaking setups at the home studio.
Shina Woodblock is preferable for learning woodblock printing because its softness makes it easy to carve. I think baltic birch plywood works just as well.