Saturday, June 19, 2010

Japanese Watercolor Woodcut Print-Free Ebook

Hirosige Utagawa 1797-1858
100 views of Edo, #35
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I wanted to write again about Japanese Watercolor Woodcut prints because it is one of my favorite forms of art, and it was a complicated process which involved a great deal of craftsmanship as well as artistic talent.

Japanese Prints are a wonderful artform that depicted life in Japan and made art more affordable to the average person. 

While reading about an American woodcut artist, I came across an ebook that was written by F. Morley Fletcher that describes in  great detail the whole process of how to create the watercolor woodcut print from start to finish. There are a number of examples of prints in the book as well as hand drawn illustrations of the many tools and methods that are used.

Although the book was created in 1916, it is well written and very concise with regards to the materials, and the processes the artist must go through in order to complete a series of satisfactory prints. 

You can read the contents of the entire ebook below or you can download the entire book for free from the Gutenberg Project location.

More of my posts about the Watercolor Woodcut
Ukiyo-e The Art of Japanese Woodcut Printmaking
W.J. Phillips Master Of The Watercolor Woodcut

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  1. Hi Terry I enjoyed reading the book. Have u gave it a try yet?

    Thanks for sharing,
    Janice Crawford

  2. Glad that you enjoyed the book Janice, I read the whole thing last night before I posted it.

    I would like to try the process some day, but it involves buying a lot of materials in order to just get started.

  3. So good to see a book on the practice, I didn't know it was available so thank you for that. It's a difficult technique and quite unbelievable that some of the nineteenth century prints have several hairs carved in just a few millimeters.

  4. Thanks Alex so glad that you found the post as some value.

    WJ Phillips also wrote a book on the same subject. I found it at the Vancouver Public Library in 1974, but they would not allow anyone to take the book out, as they only had one copy.

    Sadly today they will not even let anyone look at it or touch it.


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