|Shiho[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]|
This is Kyoto Handicraft Center located in north of Heian shrine.
The second floor is for handicraft trial. Colorful pigments we are using for wood engraving are lined up. I am very excited as I love painting.
Wear an apron not to get a mess. Don’t worry they have it for you.
Now I’m ready!！
First, you learn woodcut itself, how to print it and history by video. Content was all English, good for international visitors!
Watching a video isn’t enough…no worries! You can also get instructions with English and illustration. Please look at this cute paper when you get lost (staff help you properly, just enjoy!).
There are two kinds of paper, thinner paper Shintori-no-Kogami (right) which may be hard for beginner. Other one is thick drawing paper (left) and easy to handle.
Each person can use two sheets of paper, so it is recommended to use regular paper first, and try Shintori-no-kogami next.
Two patterns are prepared, one is elegant maiko girl, and the other one is red Torii gate of Heian shrine. Which should I paint first…I chose maiko picture. Hope it’s going to be good…
A staff member helped me so nicely! She actually shows you step by step. Apply color on a block and spread it with a brush.
Then, put paper on the block to print. There is a notch at the bottom left to adjust a position. Keep your forefinger on the paper like the photo, and start printing. Rub with Baren, the special item for woodcut printing.
I am carefully listening to the lecturer, whispering to myself “one time only, cannot fail…!”
My turn comes! A tense moment…
Rub across the paper vigorously. Don’t press too much. It may tear the sheet (case of thinner paper shintori-no-kogami. This is why regular drawing paper is recommended!). How was my debut?
Look at the first color! Oh, what is this? Well, is it meant to be like this? No need to worry if you don’t get what it is because this is the fascination of wood engraving! Uninteresting dots gradually form a “picture.” Now begin second color.
Yellow. What is it going to be?
Um…not yet, still something. Next!
How about it?
Getting there…! Chic maiko girl almost appears…! Finish up with last color.
Black is the best pigment to perfect an entire painting! Too early to relax!
Here it is!
Imperfect ink makes it look quaint! Not bad as a debut!
The second wood engraving is Torii gate of Heian shrine. I’m an almost professional!
Not like maiko girl paint, the first color of black give an image of the whole picture. By the way, how beautiful Torii gate is.
Keep working without a stop. I got used to it as it’s the second time. Apply, spread, rub and print, easy!
My Heian shrine!
Torii gate stands well in the white background, which is lovely! I want to tell my friends that I crafted this and they would love me!
You can take them home with a special bag after drying.
Say cheese! The shot of me with two wood engraving printings, I look proud. Fun!
No only you can print woodcut, but also try many other handicrafts at Kyoto Handicraft Center. The place was established for international visitors, no wonder everybody speaks English! Make your debut casually. Heian shrine and Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art are nearby so you can visit before or after. Definitely fun!