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Japanese Woodblock Printing

Japanese woodblock printing or Mokuhanga in its native Japanese, is a simple, centuries-old Japanese technique employing water-based ink, basic carving and rubbing tools, beautiful Japanese paper, and fine-grained wood. In this exciting new course, you’ll learn and develop your abilities in this ancient art form and produce beautiful Mokuhanga prints, where the techniques and skills learnt will allow you to make prints for many years to follow.

Course overview

This practical course is available to study in our spring term. Check out the term dates below.


Monday 16 January – Monday 20 March 2023

Duration and times

10 Mondays 18.00–21.00


Donna Peters



Course details

Many Western printmaking methods involve complex printing presses, oil-based inks, and toxic solvents. By contrast, Mokuhanga utilises only a few simple tools, a small workspace, and is entirely water-based.

You’ll be expertly led by your specialist tutor, Donna Peters, where you’ll learn the techniques of hand-carving and printing using the Kento registration system – marks that are placed on the printing plates to align the paper correctly for printing.

You’ll learn how to transfer your unique drawing to fine-grained Plywood and how to print onto beautiful Japanese paper. This is a skill you can continue to use to make prints for many years.

  • Learning how to use the Mokuhanga carving tools safely and effectively
  • The fundamental and basic techniques to translate your design onto plywood and how to cut out your motif
  • Registration – the importance of precision alignment and placement to ensure that any impression on the paper occurs in the precise position as intended
  • Exploration of different papers and understanding their properties, washi and preparing paper for printing
  • Introduction to the printing tools, mixing colours and setting up your printing area
  • Introduction to basic printing, including bokashi
  • Understanding and troubleshooting common problems, fixing, and improving the blocks and colours, and conducting a second proof print
  • Printing a small edition on washi and drying your prints

Find out more by clicking the profile below.

Photograph of Donna Peters

Donna Peters

Donna Jean Peters is a printmaker, artist and educator from Maryland, USA.

The course aims to:

  • Provide you with the fundamental skills and basic techniques of Mokuhanga, specifically using the Kento registration system
  • Teach you to use a variety of carving tools safely and effectively to make your design cuts
  • Develop your confidence to transfer your design to plywood, set up your printing area, and apply paint to produce your prints with ease
  • Give you a solid understanding of the properties of specialist papers, washi and preparing paper for printing

  • Fundamental understanding of the Mokuhanga printmaking process from start to finish
  • A hand printed edition of your own work
  • Knowledge of the tools and materials needed to print at home on your own
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request a certificate, please email

This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as students who have already taken a Mokuhanga workshop and would like to sharpen their skills. Suitable for budding printers aged 18+.

  • Photos or drawings for inspiration when creating your prints
  • Japanese woodcarving tools – set of 5
  • Sharpening stone
  • 9mm Plywood blocks
  • Japanese Nori starch paste (sticking paste) – colours of your choosing
  • Japanese bamboo baren for relief printing (10cm)
  • Sōsaku Japanese inking detail brush (15mm)
  • Worktable non-slip fabric
  • Awagami washi Japanese paper (21x26cm)

All additional course materials are included in the course fee.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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