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Japanese Woodblock Printing – Further Techniques
Course Dates: Thursday 28th September 2017 to Friday 29th September 2017
Category: Paper, Printing & Calligraphy
Price: £160

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This course is a follow-on to Japanese Woodblock Printing. We will look at the more technical aspects of paper preparation, working with washi paper, sumi ink and animal glue, printing and bokashi techniques and alternative methods including brush work and using different wood. Build on your existing skill and take your Japanese woodblock printing to the next level.

Further Detail

This course will help you to improve your printing at home. We will look at the methods of preparing and sizing paper for optimum printing and during the course you will try out different papers. We will look at the methods of turning free brush painting into cut woodblock and the incorporation of wood grain into your work along with some general tips on design. You will learn about the use of sumi ink and thickening glue in printing along with working on improving shading techniques. We will work on a set piece in order to ensure all the techniques are incorporated. The design will provide scope for individual expression.

Skills/Techniques Covered

  • paper care and preparation
  • sizing paper
  • printing with washi paper
  • translating brush painting into cut blocks
  • how to fit brush work into a composition
  • thinking your way around a design and breaking it down into woodblocks
  • the use of sumi ink and animal glue in printing
  • printing and bokashi techniques
  • rice mounting for framed work


For anyone who has done a course with Laura Boswell in Japanese woodblock printing.


Materials are not included in your course fee. All materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £25 - £50, payable to the tutor during the course. 

The cost will vary depending on the wood you use. The tutor will provide raised grain and professional woods. Cheaper wood will be available, but if using this you might have difficulty printing delicate areas, and will not have the experience of incorporating wood grain in your work.

We do not have the facilities to take card payments in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book if your course involves buying materials from the tutor.

Please bring with you:

  • an apron
  • your design (before the course, the tutor will send you guidance on this)

What students have said about this course/tutor:

  • "Laura is a superb teacher. I was very apprehensive but she quelled any fears and inspired us all" - S Crawford-Condie
  • "Very well organised. Excellent Instruction and guidance...Course friendly and fun." F Morrison
  • "Thoroughly enjoyable. Great tutor, friendly, very knowledgeable and inspiring. Relaxing and productive environment." - T Underhill
  • "Everything was excellent. She really is THE most wonderful tutor."

Tutor Profile

Laura Boswell works mainly as a printmaker specialising in relief printing. She graduated from Aberystwyth University in Visual Art and Art History. Following a career in the photographic industry, she returned to printmaking several years ago, and in 2009 and 2013 was chosen as the British artist for residencies studying traditional printing in Japan. Her work has been acquired by the House of Lords and Buckinghamshire County Museum. She exhibits at galleries from Northumberland to Margate and is regularly invited to demonstrate at Art in Action. Laura writes for various publications and is currently Head of Section for Printmaking at Art in Action.

Timings & Refreshments

Coffee is available from 9.45am. The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with biscuits in the morning, a sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. SPECIAL DIETS: If you are vegetarian, please tell us when you book. If you have other special dietary needs/preferences, please see our terms and conditions for detailed information on the food provided.