History, Technique + Pictures!!!
Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop is a very well-rounded + informative step by step guide-book!
The author, Amy Vollmer, provides the history, the tools needed + the step by step guide that is easy to follow to create your very own traditional Mokuhanga! She even provides you with a great resource list on where to find all the supplies needed as well as reference websites!
I love the detail that she has provided in the making of traditional Mokuhanga’s! Everything from brushes, paints + even how to make the traditional Washi paper! She even provides tons of outstanding pictures of supplies, materials + examples. The process is so intricate, I had no idea!
I also enjoyed the fact that she shares a collection of works from other artists. She even provides a brief background + importance of each artist alongside their beautiful prints!
The ONE thing I think this book could have used is an about the author page in the back page! However after I started reading I did come across her background information which spanned several pages. It is randomly placed in the first section of the book + is not clearly noted in the Chapter index.
However I did ENJOY the section + learning her history as an artist, her studies + why she is so fascinated with the Mokuhanga as well as examples of her work! She has AMAZING pieces + wholeheartedly pours her heart + soul into her work… +it shows!
Her prints are so VIBRANT + hold so much BEAUTY!
To learn more about the author head over to her website @ http://www.aprilvollmer.com
Where you can sign up for a class, view more of her prints + even contact her!
~[P.S….I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review!}~